Sep 29 2014
For The First Time in Nine Years, I’m Not Going “Back to School”
As soon as I discovered I was pregnant at the end of last summer, I set the wheels in motion to take a half-year sabbatical from my job teaching music, theatre and English at Maine’s smallest K-12 public school. We’re … Continue reading
Sep 17 2014
How Do I Stop Feeling Guilty About My Sleepless Baby?
Sleep, baby, sleep. Penrose is 4 months old. She babbles, laughs, grabs her feet, rolls over, bangs on her xylophone, and does not want to go to sleep. I should have known that I was setting myself up to fail … Continue reading
Aug 22 2014
My Island Family Surprised Me With a Simchat Bat
Lately, being Jewish on North Haven–the small island in Maine where we live–has felt like a non-issue, though I still tend to think of myself as the only one. Which made it all the more surprising when, as I was … Continue reading
Jul 29 2014
How Becoming a Mom Forced Me to Face My Fear of Snakes (And So Much More)
Like a lot of primates, I really don’t like snakes. In Maine, we only have non-venomous, ecologically beneficial, pest-eating garter snakes and rat snakes, but the unexpected sight of one gliding eerily past my feet in the garden gives me … Continue reading
Jul 8 2014
Is It Too Early to Call My Baby a Girl?
I don’t like surprises. That’s how I explained our decision to find out, as early as possible, if we were having a boy or a girl. And as soon as the verdict was in, out it went on Facebook and … Continue reading
Jun 24 2014
What Oh What Will My Parenting Style Be?
Now that I’ve been a parent for a month, I’m hoping to see evidence of an emerging parenting style. Am I an Attachment Parent? Or am I Detached? What are my philosophies on where, when, and how the baby should … Continue reading
Jun 6 2014
Why I (Mostly) Love My Post-Baby Body
Two weeks and one day ago, I gave birth to my daughter. It was a pretty amazing experience, all the way up to the point when she was born. Then, while I was luckily distracted by holding my little girl … Continue reading
May 22 2014
Sometimes, It Takes an Island to Have a Baby
Living on an island in Maine–unreachable other than by boat, plane, or helicopter–has its challenges and its pluses. For every moment of feeling like I live in a Manhattan-sized fish bowl–for every canceled ferry boat–there are moments when our tiny … Continue reading
May 20 2014
Interview With Mara Altman–Who’s Still Not Sure She Wants a Baby
It took my husband and I seven years of cohabitation to decide to get married, and another year to decide that we wanted to have a baby. In her newest Kindle Single, “Baby Steps,” author and comedienne Mara Altman attempts … Continue reading
Apr 24 2014
Am I Crazy to Think I’ll Get Any Work Done After the Baby is Born?
The Maine island we live on is in transition from winter to spring. Ice and snow have given way to alternating drizzle and sunshine. Frost heaves (out here we call them “Thank you ma’ams!”) are flattening themselves out, and back … Continue reading