I'm the editor of Smart, a magazine for women in southcentral Pennsylvania. I said "I do" to my wonderful husband in 2002. We have two adorable children who have taught me much about life and love. With the birth of my second child, I bid farewell to my dreams of having a clean house, folded laundry and family dinners on weeknights.

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Smart Mama: Who’s the (real) boss?


Check out the coy smile from Amelia Burkey, born July 24. It's her mama's reward for all her hard work.


I’m a first-time mom.

My daughter, Amelia — Mia for short — was born during a record-breaking heat wave July 24.

I returned to work when she was 10 weeks old. Now, I’m a sleep-deprived full-time editor stumbling through meetings and production deadlines on a weekly basis.

But Amelia is still my real boss. She determines when I sleep, eat and bathe.

I’ve even forgotten to shower for three days in a row.

I don’t wear much makeup to work, although it would help to hide the ever-growing bags under my eyes.

And I admit that I’m still wearing my maternity pants, complete with the full stomach panel.

Sour-smelling spit-up adorns my shoulders most days, reminding me of my new profession.

At home, dismantled baby bottles now fill the drying rack, where wine glasses once sat.

And those pleading eyes on our beagle, Lucy, look even more forlorn as laps to snuggle on are few and far between.

My husband, Brent, and I thought we had the 411 on our newest addition. We took the classes — infant CPR, baby massage, breastfeeding, labor — and we fixed up the nursery, complete with a hanging monkey decal.

And now that she’s here, all of the advice has flown out the window with my mascara. It’s now Amelia’s world, and I’m just along for the ride.

My goal in life? To keep her happy.

I spend hours rocking, feeding, shushing, playing, diapering. I run through the gamut of what-could-it-be when tears spill from her hazel eyes.

And I finally receive my paycheck when a coy little smile spreads across her face.

Because we both know who is really in charge.

Entertainment editor Laura Burkey is mom to 4-month-old Amelia and 5-year-old beagle Lucy.

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Carol Shafer: “Christmas Vacation”

Ellen Brenneman Feldman : Hubby and daughter: “Elf,” myself: I love “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Polar Express”
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