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I’m writing this in response to Time magazine’s latest cover:

And I’m going to take a gamble and claim that anyone who is reading this blog and who is also a mother is indeed MOM ENOUGH.

The woman is Jamie Lynne Grumet (26) and the boy is her son Aram (3+).  It’s unfortunate that Time chose such a provocative (in pretty much all senses of the word) cover shot.  Grumet is young and attractive; her blog title is “I Am Not the Babysitter,” which can’t help but call attention to her to her youth and attractiveness, but her blog is about her “transracial family by way of birth and adoption,” so I’m sure she’s been asked).  And Grumet can’t help but be young and attractive.  But did she have to be styled in such a way that her hip is cocked and her chest thrust out (breast-feeding mechanics aside)?  I fear the humor folks who make half the things you see on Pinterest are going to have a field day with this. (more…)

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Ah, New York Times Sunday Styles — you often surprise me, and that’s part of the pleasure of reading you.  But this Sunday your front page featured “The Baby Bump,” which claims, “For celebrities whose film and TV careers have stalled, motherhood is proving a lucrative Plan B.”  Really?

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Ah, New York Times Sunday Styles — you often surprise me, and that’s part of the pleasure of reading you.  But this Sunday your front page featured “The Baby Bump,” which claims, “For celebrities whose film and TV careers have stalled, motherhood is proving a lucrative Plan B.”  Really?

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A week before I started this blog I read this article in the New York Times parenting blog Motherlode: Blogging Makes New Moms Happier.  Here’s a taste of it:

Blogging may make new mothers feel happier. Fellow mothers, do you remember that feeling of isolation that came with staying at home, alone, with that tiny, needy, crying, confusing baby they handed you at the hospital? Fathers, if you took on the primary caregiving role solo, for months or years, you can’t possibly have forgotten that sense of being stranded on an island of Cheerios and Raffi music …

Knowing I wasn’t alone in finding something I’d wanted so much to then be so hard was more help than I can express …

Feeling happier as a new mom — that’s what what pushed me to take the plunge into blogging.

I had been — and must remind myself that I still am — a pens-and-paper kind of writer.  Sure I used a computer, but I also liked to hand-write with a fountain pen (nothing pretentious, just a Lamy Safari filled with a plum-burgundy ink) (well, that last part might seem pretentious, but it’s what I like, OK?).  I had published in a few literary journals and set my sights on a book with an independent or university press.  Blogging seemed — I don’t know — too frivolous and too technically advanced at the same time.

Lamy Safari

But then I had twins.  (more…)

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