The Motherload
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The Motherload

How a Crisis Tested My Ability to Be a Devoted Mother

My 3-week-old baby had a spinal tap.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

As a first-time mom, I questioned everything to do with my baby as I didn’t trust my instincts yet. Did her umbilical cord stump fall off too soon? Is she hot? Or is she cold? Should I wake her if it’s been more than two hours? I asked my husband a million questions and he patiently reassured me each time. I was…

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Anna (she/her)

Anna (she/her)

9X Top Writer. Proud grad of CA public schools. Committed to justice & leadership development. Wife & mom of 2 girls & 2 big dogs. Love to eat almost everything