The Mama Syllabus 2

More links to amazing pregnancy, birth, and parenting stories!   My Brother’s Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family Time magazine Writer Jessi Hemple tells the story of her brother Evan’s pregnancy. Sixteen years after he began his …

Trauma: A Love Story in Three Parts

Birth The birth is a disaster, as births often are. It begins slowly and stretches for days. When I tell people this later, other new mothers make a hissing sound, a sharp inhale between bared teeth, the international sound of …

Dividing Lines

My mom, having raised three kids, understands most of my parenting challenges. She knows that breastfeeding can be an emotional roller coaster, that sleeping can be a real bitch, that the baby garbage can threaten to overwhelm your previously minimalist—or …

The Dream Team

It take a village to raise a child. Doesn’t that conjure up romance in your mind? Dusky chimneys rising above thatched roofs as baby-wearing gardeners tend to their plots of land, or a gentle village made of of aunties and …

Better Parenting Through Science Books

I am not one for internet chat rooms at the best of times, but there’s a special place in hell where the BabyCentre forums are hosted. Leaving aside the capricious grammar, signatures with an overabundance of emojis, constant rants about …

Zig-Zag Mama: A Mamafesto

Let me just start here: I have been wrong. I thought it was going to take us forever to get pregnant. Nope! First month out of the gate and my eggs were like heeyyyy and M’s swimmers were like s’up …

Sleep Training: A Love/Hate Story

What: Sleep training. Fuuuuuck. Like vaccines and introducing solid foods, there are schools of thought on this one. Some people think it’s damaging to the baby, or to the parent-child relationship; some people think it’s just another milestone in infancy, …

The Mama Syllabus

Building on the post earlier this month where I both wrote about the importance of building a motherhood syllabus that works for you, as well expounded the virtues of Facebook and Pinterest as link-savers, here are some articles, sites, and …

The Tiniest Things: Six Months

Babies change at the speed of light. They double their birth weight within a few months of being born, they learn new skills practically daily, and even the fundamentals outlines of their bodies change—teeth sprouting from gummy smiles, heads getting …