I loved writing this essay for @purewow. Tiny quote from it: “I reject the idea that working mothers (and, to be clear, that’s all of us—we all work) are supposed to hate their lives. I hadn’t given up my identity. It had evolved. Life was stressful but satisfying. And purposeful.” Link in bio. Love to hear your thoughts!
Their faces in these photos say it better than my words ever could. @zekebrody and @jayrsmth, I’m the luckiest. Love you both so much.
10 years ago, this puffy, tiny, mewing boy gave me purpose like I’d never known before. Tonight, we gave him permission to watch Ferris Bueller. Seems fair. 💛
More personality than teeth, that’s for sure. And this is 7!! Happy birthday to our loving, expressive, sweetheart of a boy. 🎈✨🎂
Ready for a happy Friday success story? When I interviewed Hayley for #thefifthtrimester, she had worked long and hard to help modernize parental leave policies for adoptive parents at her law firm in Cleveland. Yesterday, she sent me these pages from Taft’s new Diversity and Inclusion & Gender Advancement brochure. Not only did they change their policy....they’re proud of it and proud of her!!!! Love this beautiful family. 👏💛👏💛
...the one who has it all together, with the golden perfect life. (She doesn’t. It’s not.) We’re all in this together. #nostigma #mentalhealthawareness #checkonyourstrongfriends
Parenthood: Teach a man to fish and not catch a thing and totally love it anyway.
This was last night. (So many bug bites today.)
How, oh how, does this shiny little muffin turn 10 next month? This photo is from the weekend before I went back to work. These days, there’s pouting about homework and Minecraft, but really never about my needing to work. Will is proud of what I do, which is just the best feeling. Speaking of, 🎉🎉🎉three events coming up: 💛
BROOKLYN * JUNE 6 * 7pm
@storiesbk Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab is hosting Stories After Bedtime discussion with me and @mindrnyc’s brilliant @sarahluxlee. It’s free (!) but please register on Stories’ Facebook events page. 💛
LONG ISLAND CITY * JUNE 9 * 9:30am
The LIC community of moms is hosting a babies-welcome Saturday morning talk/workshop. For details and tickets, please see my @thefifthtrimester Facebook page. 💛
WASHINGTON, DC * JUNE 15 * 7pm
@the.wing is hosting a special nighttime #thefifthtrimester event!! I’ll be in conversation with journalist Julianna Goldman Gottlieb (and then racing home that night for Will’s bday the next day!). Technically, it’s for Wing members only, but message me if you’re interested and I’ll try to bring some guests! 😘
Happy first day back to Jessica @borowick, one of the most genuine, thoughtful women I know. Her #fifthtrimesterbaby Leo (slide 2) is a lucky, lucky guy. Epic 📸 of Jessica with her first son Phoenix is by @mborowick (and yes, she caught a fish). #normalizebreastfeeding #thefifthtrimester #workingmom #endofmaternityleave #badass
Lots of upcoming #thefifthtrimester events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and (that 6th NY borough) Washington, DC. Details and dates coming, but first up:
BROOKLYN: *💛* STORIES AFTER BEDTIME at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab @storiesbk. I’ll be talking life beyond baby with @mindrnyc’s @sarahluxlee! (Aka: my work wife) JUNE 6, 7pm FREE (please register on the bookshop’s Facebook page) *💛*
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