Brain + Child = Publication

An adorable photo of the baby’s butt My new essay about the (rather difficult) first year of motherhood made it into my beloved Brain, Child Magazine. I’ve loved this smart publication ever since I read Cheryl Strayed’s lovely piece about trying to finish her book, Torch, after her son’s birth. (Now that I have not finished my book, I am in even more awe that she managed to do it.)

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I kind of hoped that they’d print the above photo along with the piece, but they couldn’t because look at how greasy my hair looks that weird Austrian dude photobombing us. (The babe was about two weeks old in that shot; I’m not kissing a lump of fabric.) Click here to read the new piece and see the baby’s aforementioned strawberry backside. It is really the sweetest thing. (As of this writing, it has an astonishing 1,000+ likes on Facebook. Clearly my mother has liked it many, many times I am not the only one who found this year hard!)


PS: If you’d like to read my last essay about motherhood — on the myth of the instant family, on The Toast — click here!

4 thoughts on “Brain + Child = Publication

  1. Pat McNees

    I could be remembering wrong, but I remember my daughter’s teenage years as more sacrificial than that first year. Right now she probably has few complaints and thinks you’re pretty special, right? Enjoy that!

  2. daniel sklar

    Hey Ab, I read and enjoyed the new piece. I especially related to the “beating myself up” part. It relates to the first year of motherhood and lots else too. I’m betting those 4 hours are going to make a huge difference!!!! Love, D. Judah Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:27:58 +0000 To:

  3. heatherraeburnphotography

    Your article is so well written and captures what this first year is like so perfectly! I frequently struggle with the feeling that I’m not being fully present and enjoying these times as much as I should, and it’s so unbelievable how much change happens in this first year. My daughter is 10 months and I already look at her and no longer see the little baby she was a few months ago.

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