This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections + Practices

This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections + Practices

by Jill Koziol, Liz Tenety
This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections + Practices

This Is Motherhood: A Motherly Collection of Reflections + Practices

by Jill Koziol, Liz Tenety


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By Moms, for Moms—Redefining Motherhood for a New Generation

With This Is Motherhood, the cofounders and contributors of the Motherly online community present a collection of essays and practices to celebrate motherhood in all its complexity.

Here you’ll find reflections on each phase of "the wild ride of motherhood," including the soaring highs of meeting your new baby, the ground-shaking lows that make you doubt everything you’ve ever known, and all the beauty and pain in between. Each chapter closes with practices from Motherly’s team of wellness experts to help you define, clarify, process, and celebrate your journey.

This book was created to inspire and guide you through some of the most miraculous and stressful milestones of your life, such as:

• New Mama—get ready for the mysterious, unpredictable, and beautiful start to your new life as a mother
• Firsts—each step is brand new to you and your baby . . . and a chance to discover your way to learn and love
• Mental Load—even with the worries, the to-do lists, the midnight emergencies, you deserve time and attention, too
• Village—how to find the support that’s all around you, because you aren’t meant to do this alone
• Transformation—discover and embrace the powerful, loving, capable woman who’s been molded by motherhood

There are many ways to get motherhood right. It’s not your mother’s path or your sister’s path or that seemingly-perfect mom from your kid’s preschool’s path. It’s yours. You get to define—and redefine along the way—your experience of motherhood.

And you are not alone.

Each essay in This Is Motherhood is a letter to you, from one mama to another, to remind you that your feelings are normal. That you’re doing an amazing job. That you’re stronger than you even realize.

Most of all: You’ve got this, mama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683642657
Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,075,290
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jill Koziol
JILL KOZIOL is the CEO and cofounder of Motherly. She resides in California. For more, visit
Liz Tenety
LIZ TENETY is the Chief Digital Officer and cofounder of Motherly. She resides just outside of New York City. For more, visit

Table of Contents

Welcome xi


Introduction Liz Tenety 2

This Magic Moment Cait Thrasher 5

Birth Is just the Beginning Jessica Wimer 7

This Too Shall Pass Rasha Rushdy 9

From Surviving to Thriving with Twins Tanika White Davis 12

You Are Doing It, Mama Colleen Temple 16

The Chosen Ones Maria Confer 19

Love Carries On Liz Tenety 22

You Were Made for This Judie Harvey 24

Practice: Write a Letter to Your Baby Diana Spalding 27


Introduction Jill Koziol 32

First Glimpse Into a World Without Me Anne-Marie Gambelin 34

My First Day Back Liz Tenety 37

Our First Trip to the ER Jacqueline Munro Tapp 40

The First Time My Baby Hurt My Feelings Liz Tenety 42

Our First Day Alone Together Karell Roxas 45

The First Time Seeing Him as "Dad" Colleen Temple 48

The First Day of Kindergarten Liz Tenety 51

Practice: Mindfulness in Daily Life Rachel Gorton 53


Introduction Liz Tenety 58

The Beauty and Purpose of Monotony Colleen Temple 60

No, You're Not Doing It Wrong Diana Spalding 63

What Is Balance Anyway? Jessica Johnston 66

A Mama's Job Is Never Done Emily Glover 69

The Emotional Load of Motherhood Catherine Dietrich 71

The Bedtime Dance Ashley Wasilenko 74

I Vow to Take Care of Myself Diana Spalding 77

The Gift of Attention Courtney Rochowicz 80

Practice: Wellness Checklist Erin Leyba 83


Introduction Liz Tenety 88

This Is Us Alicia Keswani 90

The Small Things Are the Big Things Emily Glover 93

Raising Our Kids Together, Separately Sara Goldstein 95

Choosing Each Other Again and Again Colleen Temple 98

Let's Talk About Sex (After Baby) Raschael Ash 100

Love Is Love and It Prevails Amber Leventry 103

Let's Not Wait to Make Time for Us Colleen Temple 106

Practice: Family Manifesto Rebecca Eanes 109


Introduction Jill Koziol 114

Be That Mom You Wish to See In the World Anne-Marie Gambelin 116

Mom-You Made It Look Easy Emily Glover 118

Thank Goodness for Grandparents Colleen Temple 120

Thank You for Being Our Best Friend Justine Lorelle LoMonaco 123

They Just Get It Emily Glover 125

My Virtual Village Is Real Juli Williams 128

Our Caregivers Are Love Givers Jacqueline Munro Tapp 130

When There Is No Village Beth Berry 132

Practice: Building Your Village Beth Berry 135


Introduction Liz Tenety 140

Metamorphosis of a Mother Diana Spalding 142

This Body Is Beauty Emily Glover 144

When You Have to Leave for Work Alicia Keswani 147

The Stay-at-Home Mom I Always Wanted to Be Jessica Johnston 150

When You Want It All Colleen Temple 153

My Sons Transformed My View of Men Liz Tenety 156

My Daughters Made Me Confident Colleen Temple 159

Stepping Into Stepmom Rachel Gorton 162

Now and Then Liz Tenety 164

Practice: Affirmations for Mamas Allic Casazza 167


Introduction Jill Koziol 172

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This Colleen Temple 174

Mama Is Human Too Brianna Mobilian 176

When Anger Is All Too Real Megan O'Neill 178

When You See a Tantrum Diana Spalding 181

Will It All Be Fine? Anne-Marie Gambelin 183

Raising My Children In a Black and White World Erica L. Green 185

A Love Letter to the Baby I Lost to Miscarriage AzizahRowen 188

The Autism Roller Coaster Jamie Henderson 191

Motherhood Is the Great Surrender Kelly May 194

Practice: Forgiveness and Self-Compassion Carolyn Wagner 197


Introduction Jill Koziol 202

What If Hustling Isn't the Goal? Denaye Barahona 204

The Season for "No" Jill Koziol 207

Easy Like Sunday Morning Catherine Dietrich 210

Mama, Stop "Shoulding" All Over Yourself Jill Koziol 213

Mothering Without Apology Emily Glover 215

Getting Rid of Stuff Saved My Motherhood Allie Casazza 218

See Yourself the Way Your Child Sees You Rasha Rushdy 221

Practice: Letting Go Rachel Gorton 225


Introduction Liz Tenety 230

All Birth Is Beautiful Diana Spalding 232

The Days Are Long, and the Years Are Short Colleen Temple 235

As Strong as a Mother Kayla Craig 238

I Am a Survivor, I Am a NICU Mama Azizah Rowen 241

Preparing Your Heart for Baby Number Two Erica DeSpain 243

The Strength of a Single Mom Sydney Hutt 246

After Infertility, I Am Free Jenn Press Arata 248

We Still Show Up Rachel Gorton 250

Practice: Creating a Vision Board Erin Leyba 252


Introduction Jill Koziol 258

Don't Let Me Forget Their Littleness Rasha Rushdy 260

Watching My Kids Love Each Other Diana Spalding 263

The Rawness of Motherhood Colleen Temple 266

My Breastfeeding Miracle Judie Harvey 268

This Life Is a Privilege Colleen Temple 270

To the Person Who Falls In Love with My Son Diana Spalding 272

The World Changed When I Became a Mother Karell Roxas 274

Practice: Finding the Magic Moments of Motherhood Rachel Gorton 277

Conclusion: The Superpower of Mothers-Getting It Done Colleen Temple 280

Authors + Contributors 283

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