A little bit about me:
I grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, B.T.W.A.S. (Before There Was A Starbucks). At eighteen, I went to college in Grinnell, Iowa, a magical place where people make eye contact and don’t urinate on buses. After graduation, I spent a couple of years working and sowing my wild oats in Lawrence, Kansas (as you do) before moving to Seattle, Washington, where I got my M.S.W. from the University of Washington and promptly became a barista. Eventually I met my awesome husband, we had our awesome twins (now seven-years-old), and I started writing, which brings us to here. Welcome!
Here are all the writing things. I tried to make it one cohesive page but I couldn’t figure it out. So here are the bullet points.
- I post here at Pile of Babies when I have something fun to talk about. That’s generally a few times a month.
- Pile of Babies was awarded a Golden Teddy Award in both 2012 and 2013 by Parent Map magazine as one of their readers’ favorite parenting blogs. I was also a top ten finalist for Red Tricycle’s 2013 Totally Awesome Awards, Best Mom or Dad Blog category.
- I have been a guest blogger at sites such as Scary Mommy (Tattoos and Other Bad Ideas), This is Mommyhood (Playdate Waivers — Oh Yes!), and Off Duty Mom (Alternative Infertility.)
- I have also had blog posts featured on Mamas Against Drama, Mamapedia, and Blogher.
- I have done some humor writing off of the blog as well. Most of those pieces can be found at “Other Places You Can Read My Nonsense” (a page that is way, way out of date.) I have also had humor essays published at Loop Letters.
- In December of 2012 I finished 2nd out of over 160 applicants and 13 finalists in Blogger Idol 2012.
- Two of my essays appeared in e-books published in the spring of 2013: Parenting Gag Reel: Hilarious Writes and Wrongs, and Parenting Uncensored: Straight Talk from Real Moms and Dads on Getting Pregnant.
- In October 2013, I was chosen by Mommyish as one of five parenting blogs you should be reading.
- In October 2013 I participated in the weekly flash fiction contest run by The Speakeasy three times. I was the People’s choice once, and the Editor’s choice once, and in the top three the other time.
- In December 2013, I became a staff writer at the humor site, Aiming Low. It then shut down. This was, of course, a total coincidence.
- In December 2013 one of my blog posts, “A Shared Silence,” was featured on Brain, Child Magazine’s blog, Brain, Mother.
- In March 2014 my post “After-birth: 10 surprises from those first days after delivery” went viral, receiving almost 2 million views. The post was featured on Parenting.com, and on the Huffington Post, where it was one of their most read posts that day and was later translated into French, German, and Spanish.
- In May 2014 I was selected by Blogher as one of their Voices of the Year in the humor category. I was also asked to read my selected post at their annual conference in July.
- In August 2014 I became a part-time staff writer for Mommyish, and a contributing writer for Hera Sport.
- In September 2014, an article I wrote for The Stir was written about and quoted on Jezebel.com.
- In 2015, one of my essays will be part of an anthology of humorous essays about potty training that will be published by Monkey Star Press.
- In October 2014 I began contributing to Time.com.
- In November 2014 I wrote an essay about the reality of life with newborn twins for Narratively: http://narrative.ly/twins/confessions-of-an-unhappy-young-mom/
- In April 2015 my essay on disability in the media called, “All Bodies Count” was published at The Rumpus.
- In October 2015, my 11 Things You Shouldn’t Say To A Twin appeared at Cosmopolitan.com.
- Also in October I was interviewed for a Wall Street Journal article about the division of labor between parents.
You can contact me by clicking the “Contact Me” link at the top of the page, or e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.