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We write about motherhood over and over and over again, and somehow it never gets old. So many perspectives, so many stories. We hold each other up. We cheer each other on. Women at their finest. And at their worst, too. We’ve definitely seen some pretty unsupportive behavior. But mostly, I like to think that […]
I have a few friends who are currently expecting their first babies. I know my friends will be terrific mothers, but there is a gentle reminder new mothers should hear: Some days you won’t be that good. Some days you won’t be that good of a friend. You will be knee deep in learning your brand […]
“I have something to tell you,” I said to my husband in our kitchen as we sat eating dinner. I felt my heart banging in my chest and took a deep breath in a failed attempt to calm my nerves. “I think I want to continue working on my business instead of getting a full-time job.” It […]
The stay-at-home dad is kind of like a unicorn. You’ve heard about them, and you think they sound nice, but you cannot personally attest to their existence. Or maybe you can. Maybe you’re surrounded by dudes in your parenting circle and you all shoot hoops while the kids run on the nearby playground, or you […]
Parts I and II of my infertility story were published previously. It was a snowy January, and I was going through my first evaluation cycle at the fertility clinic to determine the cause of my infertility. At this point we had been trying to conceive for about a year, with three positive pregnancy tests resulting in three […]
Before I was pregnant with my daughter, I would periodically lie in bed at night wide awake, unable to turn off the anxious thoughts rolling through my head about becoming a mom. It was something I always wanted, and yet as this vague notion of motherhood became closer to being a reality, it made me […]
For part I of my infertility story, click here. Let me set the scene for you. I had just finished graduate school, and I was psyched and ready to start my new career as a clinical social worker. I had also recently gotten engaged, so I was planning my upcoming wedding. You would think there was enough to […]
Nobody knows what day it is. Not my closest friends or parents — my biggest support system. Not my husband. Not the doctors or nurses or even my own OBGYN. This day, three years ago, has been forgotten by all — all but me. The day I took some deep breaths, fell asleep sedated by […]
My reproductive function and infertility, which I affectionately refer to as my “ovarian insecurities,” have been a source of confusion, distress, and shame for me for 20 long years. I got my first period in 9th grade. Yes, you guessed it, I was the last of the bunch by a long shot. I had wildly […]
At 35 and 36 weeks pregnant I ended up in the hospital’s labor and delivery unit with chronic pelvic pain, back pain, exhaustion, and a pain that felt like severe menstrual cramps. Both times, I was hooked up to a monitor, saw (and felt) a few legitimate contractions, and was sent home after being told this […]
Recently I sat in the living room of a friend. I held her new baby in my arms as we talked about being moms, working (and going back to work), our health, and more. In the same week I shared lunch with another friend whose son is almost a teenager. She and I talked about […]
There are moments in your childhood that you hold on to, however insignificant they seem at the time. One of those moments happened at a restaurant with my mom when I was 7 or 8. The overall experience was awful. Bad service and wrong orders were followed by the inevitable whining and pushing food around […]
Mother’s Day is on May 8 this year, and the upcoming holiday has us all reminiscing about the various ways we became mothers. Here is one such birth story. The moment you feel like you have become a mom is personal. It could be the positive pregnancy test, the first time you hear that little […]