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Emily P.G. Erickson at her first work session post-baby in October 2021.
Emily P.G. Erickson at her first computer work session post-baby in October 2021.

For the first time since Baby A was born in July, I’ve embarked on a writing project. An editor I’d worked with before reached out to ask me if I was ready to take it on, and I was surprised to discover my answer was “yes.” This postpartum period has thrown me for a bit of a loop, and it feels profoundly good to do something that reminds me of myself. Nursing an infant means I’m doing more research and writing on my phone than I’m used to, but I’ve even snuck in a weekend work session on my laptop. I hope to have a link to the finished project to share next time.


Your Curated Reading List

For smart novel about feminism, marriage and suburbia, read The Husbands by Chandler Baker.

For a science journalist’s take on why it’s folly to valorize thinking by ourselves and how we can (and do) harness outside forces to think better, read The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul.

For tidy, clever novel by an expert storyteller that’s about family and possibly murder, read Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty.


Something Delightful

Emily P.G. Erickson's hand drawn comic: Sleep when baby sleeps, work when baby works
Emily P.G. Erickson’s hand drawn comic: Sleep when baby sleeps, work when baby works.

My Very Funny Husband made a Very Funny Joke that has been delighting me all month, so I made a Very Funny Comic (with inspiration from a Google image search) while drawing with my middle son.


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Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a writer with a master's degree in psychology. Her helpful, science-backed journalism and essays about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood have appeared in The New York Times, WIRED, Romper, Elemental, and elsewhere. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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