Kid Scares: Halloween Movie Roundup

My husband loves Halloween. Like, looooooves it. How many o’s were in that “love”? Add two more. It is his favourite holiday by far, as it collects several of his favourite things—spookiness, chocolate, monsters, horror, the macabre, an excuse to …

The Tiniest Things: Nine Months

Because things change so fast. Things I want to remember about these days include: // He loves Tupperware! I give him a big container filled with lids and smaller containers, and he can spend a good fifteen minutes tossing everything …

To the Women on the Fence

To the undecided woman: You may now be getting to the point where making a decision about kids—yes or no—feels like an imperative. It might be a decision you have to reckon with in order to take your relationship to …

Get On My Wave(length)

Wavelengths. It all comes down to wavelengths. When you fall in love at first sight—that electricity up and down your arms, into the pit of your stomach, and out through a grin you can’t control—it’s not because you’re ka-blammo’ed by …

Anatomy of a Hangout: Before and Now

Your life changes when you have kids, man. It changes in big ways, and unexpected little ways. Things that used to be tough are now easy (napping the in the middle of the day? On it), while things that used …

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 …