Lie #4: You Will Definitely Love Breastfeeding (and Your Baby) Right Away

Most pregnant women dream of the moment their babies are born.  A pregnant mama imagines that the moment her baby takes his first breath, she will fall deeply and madly in love....more

Face/Off: Grandma Edition

Sometimes I open my mouth and my mother comes out. ...more

Don't Do Anything Drastic

So, I mentioned that you should expect the worst, right?You can’t come back to me and say, “Nobody told me this would be so hard!!”For the record, I told  you.Here is what else I am going to tell you:The first two weeks of your baby’s life will be the hardest two weeks of your life.Did you hear me?The first two weeks of your baby’s life will be the hardest two weeks of your life. ...more

12 Humorous Truths about Motherhood

Here's my list of 12 truths about motherhood to add a little humor to your week....more

Annie's Story

My journeys with breastfeeding my two boys are as different as the boys’ personalities. Finn, almost four, was born in November 2009. I had a fairly long labor, but it ended with a beautiful water birth in the so-called “Alternative Birthing Suite” (their bizarre interpretation of normal, unmedicalized birth) at a hospital in Chicago, where we were living at the time. He was eight pounds, 15 ounces and perfect, although nursing got off to a decidedly rocky start right out of the gate....more

Worthiness & A Legacy to My Daughter

As a child, I was “blessed” with an overwhelming sense of compassion for others; as I grew older that was unfortunately paired with indescribable feelings of worthlessness.I pretty much assured my place at the bottom of my own priority list.All of my relationships (be they familial, friendships, intimate relationships) have all felt one-sided, with me feeling like I care more about them than they do me. Of course this was (is) never the case, but my deflated self-esteem convinced me I was the lesser important of the two, and so my own happiness remained low on the list....more

DIY: Mommy Survival Kit

When I received the invitation in the mail a couple of months ago, I couldn’t help but smile. Marielle is having a baby! ...more

Pushing

The countdown has begun: C will be three in only about two and a half weeks.Sometimes I look through the archives of my blog to revisit all the things we’ve been through together.I remember when I saw her shimmy-shake across the screen for the very first time....more

Letter to My Future Teenage Daughters

My daughters are only seven and nine years old this year, but I think a lot these days about what they will be like when they are teenagers. It doesn’t feel like that long ago that I was a teenager myself; the tumultuousness of that time is still ripe in my memory. If only I had turned to my own parents as allies rather than pushing against them during those challenging years, perhaps I could have faced the changes in my body, mind and world with more grace. Instead, I survived rather than thrived – a fate I do not wish upon my own children....more