Beth Loster

Beth is a writer, cartoonist, mama, and California transplant, living in Kentucky. She keeps other people's secrets but has none of her own.

Yes, I Have A "Good" Baby, But Please Don't Call Her That

At 10 months old, my daughter, Melby, has flown cross-country four times, been on 18 plane rides, and only cried once. She sleeps through the night without a peep, breastfed from day one without a hitch, smiles with joyful abandon at strangers, and…
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How I Made My Peace With Being “Just” A Mom

I had wanted to be a mom for a lifetime. In September of last year, my daughter, Melby, was born, and so was I, in a sense — a brand new, freshly minted mama. After three decades of dreaming of motherhood, though, finding a way to feel OK about…
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I'm An Attachment Parent Who Sleep-Trained Her Kid

My plans for motherhood leaned towards the crunchy. I was going to give birth with minimal interventions, and then cloth-diaper, exclusively breastfeed, wear my baby as much as possible, and bedshare. I envisioned myself practicing quintessential…
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It's OK To Let Babies Cry — In Fact, It's Very Important

Before my daughter was born, I taught preschool for eight years. In talking to parents about their goals for their children, aside from the lofty academic visions of honing 3-year-old geniuses, pretty much every parent would tell me, "I just want my…
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The Mid-Range Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and…
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What I Learned From Asking Your Kids About You For Mother's Day

The stories I've heard are epic, embarrassing, somewhere between painfully true and totally inaccurate, and filled with love. The basics are iffy. When you receive that handmade card from your child’s daycare or preschool this Mother's Day, or open…
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Only A Mom Friend Could Know Exactly What I Was Going Through

I survived seven weeks postpartum with my now 6-month-old baby girl, Melby, before I realized I was deep in a debilitating postpartum depression. I didn't recognize it at first, because, I told myself, I showered every day and the house was clean,…
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