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Little Match Baby

Consider: a girl, no more than seven, stands with her cheeks puffed out, eyes averted to something more interesting off-camera. She’s wearing canvas dockworker pants, clogs with a slight platform, a ruffly knit vest. There’s a basket beside her, empty, …

Maternal Energy

When I was a kid, my mom favoured the kind of art that you might thing of as “boring museum:” gauzy and romantic, featuring lots of children in straw hats, mothers in white lace dresses, lazy days on a skiff, …

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 …

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 …

Permission Slips

Having a baby in the house means that every day, you are faced with literally thousands of options and decisions. Some of them will require zero reflection, while others may cause you angst. To save you some sturm und drang, …

Push Back (and Back and Back)

As a brand-spanking new parent, Push Back: Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting was designed to speak my language. I went through my pregnancy under the care of a midwife, and many of my friends follow at least some …

An Ode To My Stroller

I thought I’d be an attachment parent. I wanted to be, dammit. I admire women who wear their babies all the time, who could nurse on demand, who co-slept without any turbulence. But real talk? NS hates being worn. He …