Does the Media Pressure You to be Hot?

Yesterday I slathered on sunless tanner (ahem, review purposes). I even dressed up a bit....more

My pregnancy - 10 things I needed to survive!

Looking back, there are some things I would NEVER have got through pregnancy without. Here are my recommendations for what were really essential during my pregnancy....more

A Mother's Hat

As most of you know, I love hats…well, because I just love hats.  But as a metaphor for the modern woman’s life, the many hats we wear in our lives fascinate me…hence why my blog is entitled A Mother’s Hood.  Sometimes we wear more than one hat a day, wife, mother, nanny, teacher, chef, shopper, etc., etc., etc. ...more

Fighting Depression While Raising Children: It Takes An (Online) Village

I've said it here before and I'll say it again: in my darkest, most troubled, most difficult moments, the Internet has saved my life. Sure, my doctor and my psychiatrist and my Ativan prescription were all some help in keeping my head above water when the waves of post-partum depression crashed and pounded over me, but really, it was the presence of a community of women who were speaking truth to power about the reality of post-partum depression that kept me afloat....more

If only I'd been online and had the village when I went through pre-, post-, and pre-school- ...more

Dear Crunchy Daycare Guy: No Pesticides Were Used in the Writing of This Post

So I dropped Sophie off at daycare today. I am wondering how long it will be before I get my first lecture from Crunchy Daycare Guy. Anyone want to take a guess? ...more

Yes, we found un-petroleum jelly, too!

-Amy
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Things You Never Thought Would Happen When You Become a Mom

Becoming a Mom was quite a shock. OK I had 9 months to prepare myself. But even 10 years would not have prepared me for motherhood! Moms tend to keep quiet about certain aspects of motherhood, or maybe they just forget. These are just a few of the issues I really should tell my Mom she should have warned me about!...more

On Loving Adopted and Biological Children: Turns Out Mom Was Telling the Truth

I am the eldest of four children; my brother and I are adopted from Korea. (My mother gave birth to my two sisters later.) She always told us that she "loved all of us the same," regardless of whether we were her adopted or biological children. I mostly believed her. I didn't think about the difference too much when I was young. It was when I got older that I began thinking about my mysterious blood relatives. I also wondered if parents could truly love their adopted children as much as their biological children. Was there a real difference? ...more

Thank you, everyone, for your great comments. They really made my day today.

I had what ...more

The Not-Good-Enough Mother

I used to think that my intense desire to have children, to be a mother, was enough. It’s not. You have to have more than desire. You have to be more than needy. I face a truth over and over again: I am not a good-enough mother. It’s in the details. I am not good enough in Situation A with Process B. I am not good enough at modeling Behavior XYZ. I do not respond to Tantrum of Intensity #524 with the proper level of Calming Voice Version #683. It’s in the Overall. Good Mother = Someone Else. Me = Poser....more

i will never be good enough. i cheated on my husband. I proved i'm human and weak. I will never ...more

Babies: The Things They Don't Tell You

When I was pregnant with Sophie, I devoured every piece of literature on pregnancy I could find. I was all about the What to Expect book. I read all of the stuff that the hospital birthing class gave us. I spent more time on baby Web sites than should be humanly allowed. ...more

Too bad I didn't know you when you were pregnant. I would have given you all the gory details ...more

On the Fourth Path Out of Infertility

It's disconcerting to be verbally attacked for the way I'm living my life.  It happened again last week. This time the particular individual was so intent on making sure I knew what she thought of me she left the same long-winded diatribe on three different sites where I've contributed articles or perspectives. She even invested the time to create new accounts on two different sites that required membership to comment simply to blast me.  Twisted, no? (Be forewarned: she may show up in the comments here, in which case she'd be four for four -- and bona fide obsessive.)...more

I want to thank you for sharing your experience.  I want to know there are options out ...more

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