Whitney R. Fenlason
Whitney lives in a small village outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband, Josh. She became a mom at the age of 38 to their son, Miller, and adopted their newborn son, Moses, this year! She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature as well as a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. As a former middle and high school teacher, she figured teaching a baby at home wouldn’t be so different but… of course it was!
“What I knew at the time about my newest teaching job was that I wanted our baby to learn to easily join our lives and not at the expense of our marriage or of my whole life as I knew it — a practically perfect baby! I wanted to teach him how to become a ‘rock-star sleeper.’ And I knew I wanted to help him become a confident, self-soothing, independent baby. I had faith that it could be done because non-attachment books such as ‘On Becoming Babywise,’ ‘The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer’ and ‘Bringing Up Bebe’ all promised such rewards. So, I was eager and ready to follow their techniques.
What I could never have imagined was what a hard time I would have deciphering the different schedules and directions of all the non-attachment parenting literature and advice out there. So much was left up in the air or up to me — I just wanted it spelled out so I could get started!
Eventually and through a lot of trial and error, I developed my own parenting system for my little growing family and for other parents who want all of the information organized for them so that it’s easier to follow and practice. Then I joined forces with my sister, an experienced and talented blogger, and we created the Practically Perfect Baby. It is a modern return to a more practical kind of parenting and it has shaped the playful, peaceful, and joyful parenting experience that we enjoy – practically all the time!”
Amy Nadine Clement
After five years battling with infertility, Amy Nadine and her husband JP knew their family would be built through adoption and are the proud and gushing parents of two sons, Jones and Iverson. They knew quickly that they wanted to raise them to be strong, independent, and confident because of the added struggles they would face being adopted — so sleep training was a must.
Amy Nadine is an LA-based makeup artist whose work can be seen on the red carpet and the magazine covers on Susan Sarandon, Lauren Conrad, Rachel Bilson, Krysten Ritter and Anna Paquin among others. In 2015 Amy Nadine launched her own makeup line, available at Costco. In 2011 she co-founded thebeautydepartment.com, a top beauty blog with Kristin Ess and Lauren Conrad, creating all of the makeup photo and video tutorials. In 2010 she headed up the make-up department for Life Happens!, an independent film starring Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, and Rachel Bilson.
“My passion for Practically Perfect Baby comes from the joy of simplifying things that are seemingly hard and breaking them down in a way that anyone can master. I know our book will help new parents become their baby’s expert teachers.”
Whitney and Amy Nadine are sisters (a year and 16 days apart) and best friends who grew up in the Washington D.C. area and finally live in the same New Mexico village, so they can raise their children together.