Jeremy Blachman is the author of two novels, "Anonymous Lawyer" and "The Curve" (co-written with Cameron Stracher) and has developed projects for television and film. Read more of his journey at medium.com/back-in-the-nicu.
Over the summer, I wrote a pilot script for a hypothetical TV series about a young couple, dealing with life after having a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The show would be a dark…comedy inspired and informed very much by my experience over the last four years with my 4-year-old son, who arrived unexpectedly at 28 weeks, spent 7 weeks in the NICU, broke me and put me back together, and is amazing, sweet, funny, bizarre, insane, like every 4-year-old in his or her own way, I imagine.… >> Read More
Banana it is! Previously, I wrote about babysitting my niece, Lila, at six months, and at 15 months. Now 20 months old,…babysitting has become a far less frightening proposition-- Lila has become an actual person, with opinions, and, even better, the beginnings of an ability to express them. >> Read More
Earlier this year, I babysat my 9-month-old niece for an hour and a half, alone. Six months later, due in part to my stunning success in keeping her alive for 90 minutes in Manhattan, I got another…chance. Eight full hours--with a toddler who's just about to hit the 15-month mark. Before, Lila was almost entirely helpless. She could smile, she could cry, she could sleep--and that was about it. Now, she has wants, she has feelings, she has opinions--and she can even express at least a small percentage of them. The… >> Read More
I recently spent an hour and a half alone with my niece Lila--no competent adult supervising--on the dangerous streets of Manhattan. She survived. Both of us survived, in fact. This I see as a…tremendous accomplishment. The secret I suspect I share with many other first-time aunts and uncles is that we are paralyzed with fear. We are supposed to be people you can trust with your baby, but we have no idea what we are doing. I had never even seen a real baby up close until I… >> Read More