As the year winds to a close and most of us look forward to taking next week off — including me! I’m going to wrap up posting for the year this Friday — I thought I’d share some of my favorite posts of 2012, from columns to essays and everything in between.
“My New Boyfriend is Having a Baby with Someone Else”
This was one of those columns where I liked the writing and the message of both the letter and my response. I hope it helped people. I hope some of you recognized yourself and found some comfort in the reminder that none of us has a “perfect” love story in the traditional sense of the idea and that happiness exists in many forms.
“Roller Derby Has Made me Too Masculine for Men”
It’s just a funny one.
My Fiancé’s Groomsman Has No Teeth!
Who doesn’t love this one, amiright?
“When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work”
I’m in such a different head space now than I was when I wrote this. I remember how difficult and therapeutic it was for me to get this all down in writing. I re-read it and want to hug that woman and tell her to give herself a break. If I ever have another baby, no way am I putting myself through that horrible guilt and NO WAY will I ever, ever let another woman — or man — make me feel guilty about the way I nourish my child.
What it’s Like to be a Woman in America in 2012
Instant classic, maybe?
Song and Dance by Jackson and Wendy
This was at the height of my feeling nutso. My thyroid condition was out of whack as my post-partum hormones continued raging on, I was exhausted from lack of sleep, and Jackson was going through a transition where he stopped napping for a few days. I listen to my voice and can hear all the crazy, but I also hear the love. And look at how little and sweet Jackson was!
15 Things Every Couple MUST Discuss Before Getting Married
I love when I have a listicle like this one that I can send to about 40% of the people who write to me for advice and know the answer to their issue can be found right here.
50 Life Skills Every Modern Woman Should Know
This was kind of a labor of love, so I have to include it in the year-end round-up. Plus, it’s worth re-visiting from time to time.
Alphabet: A History, (M)
One of my favorite alphabet pieces. Sometimes, when I write these I feel like I’m right back in that head space and that time in my life I’m trying to describe. This is one of those times, and it felt good to re-connect with that former self.
We Don’t Let Go
I wrote this when I started hitting my stride in new motherhood. I no longer felt so crazy, my hormones were settling down, and Jackson and I had really bonded. I read this and I feel love, love, love.
Getting Personal: “My Life as a Prison Wife”
This was so interested to read and edit and I’m really honored the author shared her story with us. She hasn’t been around (at least in the comments or forums) lately and I’m curious how she’s doing now that her husband is home. Hope all is well.
Getting Personal: “Children Aren’t for Me”
This was, I think, the third piece this particular contributor wrote for the site and not only am I a fan of her writing, I thought this essay was a good balance to all the motherhood posts I’ve shared this year and gave voice to many women who feel the same way — that kids are nice but not for them.
Is your favorite on the list?