I documented my move from ambivalence about parenting, to IVF, to motherhood, as well as all of Year One. I did it longhand because that’s what I did back then. So now, finally, I’m typing all those pages up, in part because of the great What If that living amid a pandemic creates. And I came across this yesterday and it is so true for the current moment, for this, the fifth week of Sheltering in Place.
Ways this time is like pregnancy:
It can make you fat. It will definitely make you crave near-constant meals and snacks.
You will swing from feeling good to anxiety-laden, angry, irritable and back again several times a day.
You will want to know how this will all unfold, how hard it will get, exactly how you and your life will be changed. You can’t know any of that.
There will be totally surrea…