the smell of my desperation has become a stench

The Hogan Five

These are my sister’s five kids, clockwise from the left: Mariah, 17, Britton, 11, Meredith, 15, This One, 8, That One, 8. Mariah is the oldest grandchild on my side of the family, and I remember calling my mom from a pay phone in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1991 to ask if my sister had gone into labor yet. I was in the room when Britton was born. Meredith’s was the first diaper I ever changed. And I actually watched my sister go into labor with the twins, an experience you should NOT add to the list of things to do before you die. I thought I was going to witness her slow, torturous death.

She has raised some really good kids, I hope I can do half as good a job.

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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