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Meaghan O'Connell lives with her husband and young son in Portland, OR. She is a contributing writer for Longreads and New York Magazine's The Cut. From 2013-2015 she co-edited the personal finance website The Billfold, and before that worked in the tech industry, where she was an early employee at Kickstarter and Tumblr.

Her first book, And Now We Have Everything, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in April 2018.

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Meaghan O'Connell Very surreal! That people seem to be connecting with it is a huge relief and so wild to me. I am proud, mostly that I actually wrote and finished it.…moreVery surreal! That people seem to be connecting with it is a huge relief and so wild to me. I am proud, mostly that I actually wrote and finished it. I had so many hang-ups and fears that the writing and editing process forced me to face down and conquer. Now I feel so...free?(less)
Meaghan O'Connell I took notes in pregnancy and then wrote the birth story at about three months postpartum, which was how I was able to remember so much! When I sent…moreI took notes in pregnancy and then wrote the birth story at about three months postpartum, which was how I was able to remember so much! When I sent my birth story out as a tinyletter i realized I wanted to write a whole book, and imagined it would touch on pregnancy, breastfeeding, etc. but didn’t know it would be so chronological. Before we moved out of New York (when my son was 5-6 months) I met with literary agents, and worked on the book proposal until his first birthday! And yes started making real progress once he was sleep-trained and in daycare 😂 Then I sold the book when he was about 15 months old and spent the next two years writing and editing it. A few months after the book came out he turned four and I had his little brother, who is asleep on my chest right now ❤️ So a lot has changed and a lot of my perspective has shifted since those early days, but I really wanted to capture the lived experience and what it was like emotionally, to keep it immediate and in the head of my “character” at the time. I wanted to end on a hopeful note, one that wasn’t too tidy but felt true. (less)
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“What if having a hard time adjusting to motherhood wasn’t some moral failure or a failure of imagination? What if we thought of the whole endeavor like we do work? Like how a career starts out with a lot of dues-paying, a lot of indignity, a lot of feeling unappreciated and complaining to your friends but then incrementally gets easier or more fulfilling. You get better at it. It becomes part of you. And you start to think, Well, what else would I do all day?”
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“What if, instead of worrying about scaring pregnant women, people told them the truth? What is pregnant women were treated like thinking adults? What if everyone worried less about giving women a bad impression of motherhood?”
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“With stuff this big, almost any way of looking at it can be true. We all talked like we were going to eventually reach some grand conclusion, some correct stance, but in fact it was different for everybody, impossible to pin down. Was childbirth traumatic or transcendent? Was pregnancy a time of wonder and awe or a kind of temporary disability? Were we supposed to fit our lives around our children or fit our children into our lives? My feelings changed every minute, depending on my mood and on the company I kept. It felt essential, though, to keep asking the question.”
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Meaghan O'Connell No judgments here. GOODREADS IS A SAFE PLACE.

Grant wrote: "I need to update this thing! I haven't just not been reading, if that what you think. "




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Grant I need to update this thing! I haven't just not been reading, if that what you think.


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