Ok “Momnesia,” I thought you were a myth, but this pregnancy I really feel you. In fact, I think I have gotten stupider—or wait, should I be saying “more stupid”? Argh, do you see the…problem here? I have heard the severity of how much your brain capacity is snatched away by your newborn varies from mom to mom. Well, my case right now is severe—I am convinced my baby has at least 90 percent of it, maybe more. In the altered words of Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Brain.” Do… >> Read More
After more than two days of labor, my daughter, our first child, was born. She was tiny–six pounds and three ounces. She was healthy and perfectly formed, even scored a 10 on the Apgar test! Yet…when they handed her to me–clean and swaddled and quiet–I turned to my husband and said, “Well. Having a child seemed like a good idea.” Because, despite what they tell you in fairy tales, love—of all kinds—is not always at first sight. And few things in life are what you are told to expect. Here is what I… >> Read More
If you're a new momor expecting parent who is chained to the couch for long periods of time (or you know, just a mom who likes to watch movies), you may want to watch something you feel pertains to…you but that isn't too serious. Sure, you liked "Moana" and "Dunkirk," but what about laughing at the daily grind of being a parent? Well, this is why I rounded up some of my favorite movies, mostly comedies, that you need to check out with a tub of ice cream and/or popcorn (you can also… >> Read More
This week I read a sanitized-feeling diary of the first three weeks of one family's life with a new baby.
In response, I decided to offer my own retroactive parody diary, because new moms…need to know: it's not always pretty, or cute, or funny, or Instagram-worthy. And that's okay. In fact, that's normal. So here's how it looked from my perspective, when my husband and I welcomed our first child, Diana, after several agonizing years of failed pregnancy attempts and fertility treatments— compounded by my “advanced maternal age” status. Day 1: (Tuesday, August 23): Andy and I… >> Read More
For nine months, she grew within my body. She came into this world small, helpless, and still dependent on me. The nurse put her on my chest to breastfeed, she immediately latched on as if she knew…what she needed to do. Luckily, my body produces enough milk to enable me to breastfeed exclusively. Since her birth, over eight weeks ago, she and I haven’t parted. While I love her with every bone in my body, I’d be lying if I said it was easy. Between breastfeeding on demand (around the clock),… >> Read More