Unmasking the First Trimester

This essay first appeared at Good Mother Project on October 19, 2016.   I sit at my desk drinking cup after cup of herbal tea. Invested in the talk radio streaming through his earbuds, my officemate doesn’t notice the change from my typical thermos of black coffee. We offer sparking water, still water (straight from…

The Five Stages of Grief When Your Child Calls the Babysitter Mom

This piece first appeared in the October 2016 issue of Mothers Always Write.   Full-time work was my only option after our daughter was born. We savored ten weeks of unpaid bonding before I bought a bigger pair of khakis and headed back into the office, breast pump and lactation cookies in hand. While I responded…