More than a Mother

Exploring the landscape of modern motherhood and more

Domestic Bliss

Mothers are frequently hit with a tsunami when their kids are born: a tsunami of love, sure, but also the invasion of a new kind of physicality that isn’t, always, welcome. Your body becomes something other the minute you get pregnant, in service to another human in a way it’s never been before.

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Survival Mode

Baby Mode, to me, conjures images of the first ten weeks. You barely put on your shirt, because you’re nursing all the time. You sleep when the baby sleeps. You accept all offers of food. Your washer and dryer run constantly. You inhabit the world in a haze of blissful love and exhausted blues, sometimes yo-yoing between the two.

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Sleep Training Sucks. Here’s Why

I started to lose my mind. I started to drink too much tea and eat too many of these Trader Joe’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. And I started to post desperate status updates on Facebook. And ponder the dreaded Sleep Training.

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The Working Mom’s Lament

I’m not complaining. Really. But it does suck to be a working mom sometimes. I’m up half the night nursing. I rally at seven (fine, maybe 7:30), stagger into the shower, out to make tea. Rush the baby to the nanny, rush back home to plan class. Pump. Wash... read more