About Jill Cordes
Jill Cordes thought she never wanted kids. But at the age of 39, after too much tequila in Mexico, she and her husband found themselves expecting baby #1. Her daughter, Fia Lily, was born in December 2009, and now Jill freely admits to eating her words. Two years later, after moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and taking another trip across the border, she found herself with baby #2 (apparently she only gets pregnant abroad). Her son, Emmett Redmond, was born in January 2012. What has surprised her most is how much she loves motherhood and baby barf. If only she could market the latter — she’d be rich.
She began her television career as a reporter in Rapid City, South Dakota. From there she went on to various television markets, then into the cable world. She was host of the award-winning show The Best Of on the Food Network for six years, and a slew of other shows and webisodes. After she had Fia, she began hosting My First Baby and www.myfirstbaby.com (syndicated and online).
In her pre-baby life, she was a marathoner (New York, Boston, and Chicago), though now she’s lucky just to tie her running shoes. She has traveled extensively around the world, riding camels in the Sahara and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, but says there’s nothing like scaling the mountain of motherhood. In her spare time, which is zero these days, she likes to talk about exercising and doing yoga. She also manages to vacuum–as it’s one of her favorite pastimes.