Welcome To The Cradle Chronicles!

These are the crazy confessions of a novice mommy and her adventures in world "mom-ination." If you've followed my blog on PEOPLE.com/Babies, or read my new book Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom's Guide to Laughing Your Way Through Pregancy & Year One, you're likely already familiar with my writing style and “Mommy-centric” blog fodder. If not, I'll introduce myself with this brief summary: Suffice it to say, I have kids. Two, in fact. Now, I’m not suggesting this defines me entirely, but it certainly goes a long way toward explaining my daily trials and tribulations with spit-up and dirty diapers. I also have five dogs, which throws some wacky canine parenting in the mix too. I hope you’ll continue coming back again and again for more of my motherhood anecdotes, and I look forward to hearing from you. If you haven't yet read "Situation Momedy," I hope you'll check it out! You can find a link for purchase under the "links" tab above. It makes a fun baby shower gift, even if you aren't a new mom yourself! The sequel, Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom, is due to be released by Medallion Press in February 2017. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram too!

--Photos in Welcome section courtesy of Mimosa Arts Photography--

September 14, 2012


               Almost seven years ago, I packed up my puppy brood (which consisted of  ”only” two canines at the time), and went in search of greener pastures. After seventeen years of life in Los Angeles, I set my sights on Nashville. Goodbye mudslides & earthquakes; hello beckoning suburbia! There’s a lot to be said for trading in the palm trees for a dose of good ol’ fashioned Southern hospitality. Not to mention, I was slightly disenchanted with being in a city that has enough car chases to warrant a television channel devoted to them. Who in their right mind wants 365 days of sun and sand, anyway? I know, I know, I’m an odd duck. Regardless, I was drawn in by the prospect of a simpler lifestyle and dreams of writing country music on the side. I was captivated by the way this town manages to be progressive, all the while remaining charming as ever. I adore the little pockets of art galleries, wine bars (my husband and I met at one of them), vintage stores, and high-end restaurants. I also love the expanse of green and trees. As far as I’m concerned, it is the best of everything. I was, and still am, overwhelmingly enamored by it.

I have also been pleasantly surprised on the music front. Nashville has taught me that not all Country music is about whiskey & women, or accompanied by fringe and a belt buckle with one’s name plastered on it. That knowledge makes for significantly less culture shock for a girl born and bred in Connecticut! That said, a semi-twangy “y’all” has crept its way into my daily dialect. The Yankee in me is cringing with dismay. Though my writing interests and style have changed a bit in the last few years, and Country music is no longer steadily on my radar, this town still reels me in with its graceful character and musical integrity.  Despite what some may think, the Nashville music scene isn’t strictly Country or bust. Some incredible Indie artists have launched their careers from this town, and I couldn’t be happier about it. My brand of crazy seems to fit in just fine here!  And unlike most small towns, the majority of artists who get their start here stick around. Celebrities seem to be migrating by the dozens, thanks to the anonymity factor. I guess I’m not the only one pulled in by the Nashville magnet!

Above all else, Nashville has endeared itself to me because it’s where my heart is… I met my husband here four years ago, and gave birth to my daughter here in May. I can’t think of a lovelier place to rear our children. We are certainly a long way from the L.A. grind! I‘m thrilled to be raising my daughter out of that smog-filled bubble, though a lyric I wrote in one of my songs says it best: “It’s not the smog that makes it hard to breathe…” Nashville is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one. A smile and a handshake still go a long way. Kids can ride their bikes down the street, and friendly neighbors are the rule instead of the exception. It’s a wonderful way of life that is beyond measure, so y’all should come check it out!


Until next time… Peace, Love, & Dirty Diapers,

Jenna von Oy


PS. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!

*** A special thanks to my favorite Nashville Kids store, Tweed Baby Outfitters, for allowing me to photograph the fantastic boots and Nashville onesie! A second thanks to my favorite antique store, Wonders On Woodland, for letting me snap the photo of the mini guitar!

  • Mrs. Pancakes says:

    Awww isn’t wonderful to find the place that gave you the happiest parts of your life…that’s how I feel about DC! And I canny wait to move to TN someday…my husband and I honestly fell in love with the burbs of Arlington and Bartlett!!

  • Mallory says:

    My husband and I love Nashville. We go there at least once a year to shop and visit some of our old haunts from our dating days. Oh, and Asheville, North Carolina, is one of our favorite places, too. It has that southern charm, but it’s really artsy and eclectic, too. Oh, what I’d do for a road trip right about now!

Leave a Comment: