In Defense of the Mom Blog

Even though I now have a blog, I don’t yet—three posts in—consider myself a blogger. Currently, this is more a place for me to compile all the random thoughts that I’ve turned into words.

I don’t really know the direction these posts will take. One day I might share a delightful cookie recipe. The next day I might share a list of the best places to buy crack in each state. Who knows?

I’ve recently been researching this blogging lifestyle to learn, going forward, how I might share a post on another blog, or vice versa.

I was shocked, appalled, and actually kind of sad, to read the extent of mom blog bashing on the internet.


I don’t even know if this blog would be categorized as a quintessential “mom blog” considering just from its title that the owner doesn’t shower often and sometimes has headaches. From hangovers? From screaming kids? From both? All of the above. Just from adulting.

Anyway. . . I have survived the last seven years of SAHM-dom reading mom blogs. In the teeny pockets of time between naps and feedings, or just stealing a quiet moment while the kids are occupied, mom blogs have been the perfect escape. Ain’t nobody got time for a whole magazine. A book? LMAO.

I’m not saying that all mom blogs discuss ground-breaking issues or are life changing in any way. But some woman out there—some mom out there—took the time to write it and to share it. If you don’t like it, or need something more intellectual, don’t read it. But please don’t belittle it.

Mom blogs are ubiquitous.

Mom blogs are funny.

Mom blogs are poignant.

Mom blogs are messy.

Mom blogs are relatable.

Whether you work full time, part time, stay at home, have a husband, have a wife, do it alone, or have friggin’ sister wives. . . the truth of the matter is that motherhood is hard. In this Trump era of females uniting to prove that we are more than just pussies to be grabbed, I have felt like a part of something big—a part of a sisterhood of women who support any career, sexual partner, religion, race or the fucking choice to have a mom blog.

I read an interview with the editor (female) of one of those large sites that post submissions by guest writers. She explained how the readership is a wide demographic of smart women. She dwelled on the importance of the female voice and experience. Her interview made me want to check out her site and devour every piece.

But then. . . Then she bashed the mom blogs.

I’m not saying that she should accept submissions on “10 Ways to Potty Train Without Chardonnay,” but why the dig? Your platform doesn’t support light, breezy motherhood pieces. I get it. And I’m totally cool with it.

I have stumbled upon really well written mom blogs that have pulled at my heart strings and prompted me to immediately subscribe. Others have made me smile, but are otherwise forgettable. Either way, the post was important to the writer—to the woman—who wrote it. She put something else aside, a load of laundry, a cooked meal, a dirty sink, to write her story. You can like it. You can hate it. Just be respectful and let her speak.

As Hilary Clinton said, “. . . one of the most important pieces of unfinished business in human history—empowering women to be able to stand up for themselves.”

Mom blogs are giving a voice to a demographic of women who otherwise might not be heard, whether they’re writing about episiotomies or playdates. Preach ladies, preach. I’m listening.



10 REASONS I WANT A THIRD KID (even though I hated babies)

*This post was published here on Sammiches and Psych Meds on 1/11/18.

People think that I’m joking when I tell them that I hated my babies. I mean, of course, I didn’t hate my babies, I just hated the person I became during those years. I hated thinking about how boring my day would be, and how tomorrow would be exactly the same. Yes, the love is intense, but the sheer tedium dominated my ability to genuinely enjoy those early days of motherhood.

My husband got snipped, so why the hell do I secretly wish for one more?

  1. I want to experience pregnancy one more time. I might not have liked them when they were born, but, oh but I did love them when they were growing inside of me. I didn’t even mind not drinking! Well, I did house a whole six-pack of non-alcoholic beer at a BBQ once, so maybe I missed it just a little. I loved the rolling knobs and random jabs. I loved the trippy feeling of being so close to them, but not being able to see or touch them, but I loved them, yet I didn’t know their gender, but I knew that unlike friends, pets or even husbands, these babies would be in my life forever. Nothing in life compares to the acid trip that is pregnancy.
  2. My first two kids turned out okay, I guess. Guys, I think my husband and I actually know what we’re doing. Our boys are funny, moody, silly, angry, curious, lazy, kind and truly a-holes only like once or twice a week. Good enough for me.
  3. I know now to ask for help. Dude, why didn’t I do this the first time around? #helprules People love to help (in moderation) and people love babies (also in moderation). If I had my pretend third child, I would totally respond to this statement, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do,” with this reply, “Okay thanks. Be here at 10am on Wednesday. Plan to stay until around 12 or 1pm. Bring me a coffee. And maybe like a meal or something I could heat up later for dinner for the fam. If we could make it a weekly thing, that would be great. Thaaaaaanks.” Help. Boom.
  4. More kids=more grandkids. Believe it or not, I won’t always be this fine, ten pounds overweight, 38-year-old vixen you see today. No, my friends, this sexy bitch will be old and gray one day. Tick tock tick tock. A bigger family ensures a larger younger generation. That means a bigger audience to laugh at me while I lose my memory and tell stories of how much I hated my babies.
  5. I want a re-do. While I don’t want to erase the two gems (see above) that I already made, it would be nice to have a blank slate, a tabula rasa, if you will (I totally had to Google that, I don’t use that term on the daily). Undiagnosed post-partum depression really screwed me up (ya think?) and I would like the chance to leave the hospital with the wisdom that I have now: Yes, these baby years are going to suck, but they will also be filled with wonder, discovery and magic. I didn’t see it then. But I see it now.
  6. I would be able to filter out the whispers. “You’re going to breastfeed, right?” Shut up. “You’re not going to co-sleep, are you?” Go away. “Oh my God, please tell me that’s organic.” I can’t hear you. People and baby advice suck. But the hypothetical third time around? Talk to the hand.
  7. It would preserve my older kids’ innocence a little longer. My boys grew up FAST. I know I kind of wished it, so now I’m coping by writing Top Ten pieces about fake third babies. But, they are only five and seven years old. Their innocence drips away with every new friend they encounter, or every weird family they want to join on YouTube. A new little baby of our own might recapture their pureness, or stall their innocence for just a bit longer. Or, at least until they find click on the photo icon on my iPhone.
  8. I miss the simplicity of a baby’s routine. I remember the feedings and the naps and the tummy time. I used to equate the mundanity of this cruel cycle to Chinese water torture. But now? Now it sounds delightful compared to the shit show of sports and homework that is just plain impossible to spin into anything that remotely resembles a routine. I know that you’re thinking that I’d be nuts to throw a baby’s routine into my current shit show routine. Fear not! My third baby is pretend and pretend babies sleep through the night as newborns, rarely cry, potty train themselves and even do their own laundry.
  9. I want to be the older mom. There was an older mom in my boys’ preschool. I used to gaze at her with a look of confusion (Is she really the mom? Nanny? Grandma?), curiosity (Why is she so old? Infertility in her past? Just an oops? Been there, sister!), and admiration. The older mom holds a place of honor in younger moms’ eyes. The older mom seems calmer, wiser and WAY more patient than their decade younger counterparts. Currently, moms who are my equals view me as just an f-bomb dropping hot mess, typically with a hangover, trying to find someone to come over for a drink.
  10. I want to really soak it in. Those baby years were so, so hard. How can I feel such palpable nostalgia, longing for a time when I was at my darkest? Because I forget the doom. I look back at pictures, even pictures when I remember I had been feeling despair, and all I see is love. I see an exhausted, young mom just trying to get by. I forget the doom, but I remember how their scalps smelled like toast. I remember going on walks and talking to them about everything we’d pass. I remember singing songs in the car. I remember allowing myself to put off anything if they unexpectedly fell asleep in my arms. Maybe I have been soaking it in all along?

I know I’ll never have my pretend third baby. Maybe my desire for one more is just another part of letting go. Maybe all moms wish for just one more chance. All moms except maybe Michelle Duggar.


If you enjoyed this post, perhaps you’d enjoy In Defense of the Mom Blog

Thanks for reading.

What’s in a Name?


Confession. My real name is not Emme. It starts with an “M,” but nobody has ever called me that. So why start a blog under a fake name? I have a few reasons:


  1. I have no idea the direction this blog will take. My writing tends to err on the side of inappropriate to downright raunchy, so I thought it best to not let this blog anywhere near my real name in the event someone Google searches me. Who is searching? Probably nobody. But still.
  2. I do some freelance copywriting. On occasion. Well, once. . .anyway, I’ll leave the real M***** to deal with those gigs. Emme L. Beckett? Nah, she’s the fun one, the wild card. She’s here to bitch about motherhood, adulting and once she figures out whether or not her husband will be reading this blog, she’ll probably make a few pokes at marriage.
  3. Years ago, a writing teacher said that if a-hole people can make a pre-judgement about you just by seeing your name, and not your work, then perhaps consider using a pen name. I thought, “Well, isn’t that letting the racist/anti-semitic a-holes win?” Yet, here I am with whispers from that teacher in my ear. My married last name is flamingly Jewish and my first name is always misspelled, so I’m taking that teacher’s advice.
  4. Emme L. Beckett. You know what the Emme means (see above). My middle name is Lynn. What’s the Beckett? Oh, Beckett was just a name that I was obsessed with when I was pregnant with my second son. How cool would that name be? Oh, hey Beck. Becks, do your homework. What the heck, Beck?!? My husband gave the name is big fat VETO and I guess I never fully recovered. He liked Dylan. Freaking Dylan! Everyone has a kid named Dylan. He also gave the name Simon a VETO, so I coped with that disappointment by naming our kitten Simon a few years later. Poor Simon, RIP, got run over by a car a day after his first birthday. Let’s hope Beckett has better fortune.