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10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

No one should co-opt your C-section story for their birth agenda. Just like shaming women about how they breastfeed or formula-feed is anti-feminist, so is shaming them and questioning them about how they birth.

My Breasts Belong To Me

Kim Simon | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

When you finally think that you deserve to say you have it all figured out, that your breasts and your body belong to you, they don't anymore. Perhaps that is where the story begins. When your love affair with your body becomes foreign and familiar, all at once.

The Parenting Firsts I Wasn't Prepared For

Kim Simon | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

The learning curve of parenthood is steep. There are too many things that we're supposed to know, and not enough daylight hours in which to learn them.

The Secret Society Of Stroller Moms

Kim Simon | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

We are the Secret Society of Stroller Moms. Maybe next time I'll raise my cup of lukewarm coffee when I pass you. And we'll give each other a silent toast. Because the only real secret, is that we're never as alone as we feel.

I'm Learning To Be A Boy Mom

Kim Simon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

We will learn together, my boys and I. We will meet in the middle, learning to take care of the people around us, while living out loud in a rush of adrenaline.

The Moments That Taught Me How To Be A Mom

Kim Simon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

We share the same hands. Long, thin fingers that we use to put pen to paper in the journals that we keep. Soft, open palms that pat my baby's back or ruffle the thick locks on my 4-year-old's head. If I need to know the business of mothering, I need only to look at her hands.

Please Nurse In Public

Kim Simon | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

If you cover because it makes YOU feel better, then by all means keep covering up. I support you. But if you cover to make OTHER PEOPLE feel better, well then sister, come sit by me and we'll nurse in public together.

A Poem to End the Mommy Wars

Kim Simon | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

One thing's for sure in the dead of the night, when I'm nursing by the light of my phone. I stare out the window and I imagine you're there, and I know that I'm never alone.