In just a few weeks, Max will turn 6 and Ben will turn 2. My sweet, hilarious, curious, kind little boys are growing out of their clothes, growing out of their baby routines, and growing into little people who share their dynamic personalities with ease and laughter. But they are not the only ones who have grown. My motherhood continues to change me, to challenge me, to inspire me, to complete me, and to crack me open. As parents, do we ever stop holding our breath long enough to look back and say out loud that we are making it? That we are surviving? That in the quiet moments after the kids have gone to sleep, or when we catch a glimpse of them playing together, or when we overhear them being kind to someone else, that we can stand a little taller and congratulate ourselves on doing a damn fine job?
We are all just doing the best that we can. We are all putting one foot in front of the other, making it through to bedtime, shepherding our little ones through adventures and the unexpected.
So it is with great joy and hope, that I am sharing some exciting news with you today! Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger, the brilliant team behind the HerStories Project, will be publishing a new book with SheWrites Press this November. It’s called “Mothering Through The Darkness: Women Open Up About The Postpartum Experience”, and they have chosen one of my essays to be included!
I am over-the-moon excited to have my words published (published!!!!) next to the words of some of my favorite authors! To be included in this project is a dream come true, and it’s extra special because we are putting words to some of the darkest, loneliest times in our lives…..so that other women will feel less alone. I’ve taken a sneak peek at the essays that will be included, and friends, this book is going to be a must-have for new moms. Nothing is hidden. Every story, every author, every beautiful triumph and maddening low, is included here. And I am especially thrilled that my I Support You partner, and one of my personal (s)heroes, Suzie Barston, has an essay in this anthology too!
So this one is for you, mamas. It’s for the community of friends and family who lifted me up, taught me how to be unafraid, how to feed with love and confidence, and taught me how to love myself again. This book is for the moms who need to hear that they’re going to make it, that they’re going to survive this, that they deserve to hear “job well done”. As we get closer to our publishing date, I’ll have more to share, and more ways that you can participate in telling your own postpartum stories. Thank you for lifting me up, for making me feel less alone, and for giving my words their very first home right here in this community that you have helped me to create. The HerStories project hears you. I hear you. And together, we can keep putting words to a journey that is nothing, and everything, like we expected.
To pre-order our book on Amazon (I can’t believe I can say that?!), click here.