Damn You, Stitch Fix!

I am a sucker for clothes.  Lots of clothes.  I’m sort of a collector/hoarder/treasure-hunter when it comes to putting outfits together.  I find excuses to cruise around the mall when Ben is napping peacefully in the stroller (it counts as exercise!).  I obsess about buying multiples of things that I love (Old Navy tank tops…

Five!

My little “big” guy turned 5 a few weeks ago, so I figured it’s never too late to share his birthday letter with you! Dear Max, Five years ago today, you were letting us know that you were ready to come into the world.  You were scrunched up tight in my belly, folded over like…

The Last First Year

There is a moment in motherhood when you realize that you have been holding your breath. As if forgetting to breathe will somehow slow the passage of time, in all the right places. It is the deep inhale as your baby settles in to sleep, buffered and bolstered by the crook of your arm, the…

Drum Circle Mamas

I grew up next to the ocean, but I rarely went in. The water was always too much of something.  Too cold, too salty, too unforgiving.  The currents were strong, and I wasn’t a great swimmer.  The speckled blue waves were murky as they churned toward shore, and I was afraid of what swam beneath.…

7 Truths About Breastfeeding

On May 15th, my sweet baby Ben will turn one year old. We did it. We survived his first year. But you know what else happened that was totally unexpected and hard-won and butt-kicking and prayed for and holy and amazing and beautiful? I became a breastfeeding mom. I have breastfed Ben every single day…

BlogHer ’14

Sometimes when I think about the Internet, it reminds me a little of where the Munchkins live in the Wizard of Oz.  It’s magical.  It’s a techno-color version of real life, a place to escape and try to make sense of what hurts you and scares you.  Sometimes I feel like Dorothy, standing wide-eyed, mouth…

I Am A Kind Mama

I have something very important to tell you, so I need you to listen up. Are you ready for it? Celebrities are not experts on anything other than being a celebrity. They’re not. They’re not doctors.  They aren’t psychologists.  They aren’t researchers, or social workers, or childcare providers.  They aren’t chefs (though they have them).…