Making It

At dinner tonight, I asked my kids what I should write my article about. “Pandas,” declared the five-year old, with flat certainty. “Or, if you don’t know enough about pandas,” my nine-year old began, “You could write about how hard it is to be a mama going to work every day and taking care of … Continue reading Making It

For Mothers Who Grieve

Griefs tendrils have coiled around my body with no regard for my life, goals or daily schedule. Despite the bright eyes of my child bearing witness to my demise, who I know I love most of anyone dead or alive, I recently was forced to very publicly attempt to be (and fail constantly at being) … Continue reading For Mothers Who Grieve

Dear Scarlet: A Review

Dear Scarlet is Teresa Wong’s first book: an intimate graphic memoir on postpartum depression. Raw but reassuring, the book is framed as a letter to her daughter, Scarlet. Wong says that when she thought about writing the book, her memories all came back to her as images. She’d spent most of those early months in … Continue reading Dear Scarlet: A Review

Booby Trapped: Navigating the Complexities of National Breastfeeding Month

Everywhere you look, people have an opinion about breastfeeding. August is National Breastfeeding Month, and as of 2018 (2018!) it is finally legal to breastfeed in any public or private space in all fifty states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Unfortunately, this hasn’t done much to curtail the aggressive shaming of … Continue reading Booby Trapped: Navigating the Complexities of National Breastfeeding Month

7 Children’s Books that Teach What We Should Have Been Learning All Along

It's happened. I've officially crossed the threshold into grouchy grown-up. I never thought I'd be here, and wow, is this weird, but here I am. I am standing in my kitchen, throwing together what I can for dinner when I hear something ridiculous and uneducational coming from the television, and I think to myself, "What … Continue reading 7 Children’s Books that Teach What We Should Have Been Learning All Along

Sex After Baby: My Search for Community, Connection, and Cunnilingus

Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of rape and sexual assault as well as birth-related trauma.  This article is not a step-by-step guide about ways to get ready to have sex again. It’s an intimate account of my search for helpful and sensitive information and community to share my own experiences and struggles to reclaim … Continue reading Sex After Baby: My Search for Community, Connection, and Cunnilingus

Loud, With An Apron, And Smoking: The Influence of a Feminist Homemaker

When I think about the way my home should feel I think about Mary. If I picture her back then, during the early years of my childhood, she is wearing a blue floral dress with an oversize cardigan sweater, the sleeves bunched up past her elbows. Her hair is pinned back in a tortoise shell … Continue reading Loud, With An Apron, And Smoking: The Influence of a Feminist Homemaker

Identity & Parenthood: My Transition Into Motherhood

When I was still pregnant with my child, Max, I had this idea of what motherhood would be like. I pictured myself walking around the house with a baby on my hip or cooking dinner while he was sleeping, me moving around the kitchen with ease. I pictured myself as the same person, doing the … Continue reading Identity & Parenthood: My Transition Into Motherhood