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And Then We Were Six

July 5, 2012

Six years ago today, while my then four year old took a nap, I hoisted the baby onto my hip, set the camera timer and took this picture:

I put it on a blog and begged my friends to participate by sending me their own photos and to share the link with other bloggers and moms they knew. I wasn’t sure anything would ever happen with it. But then it did. Massively. Even six years later I haven’t gotten over how amazing that first month was. I don’t think I ever will. It was incredible to see the world come together to say, “YES. Let’s show each other how normal we are! And how we can love that about ourselves!” Seeing all those women so thirsty for the knowledge that they were not alone completely changed me in ways that I had expected, but to a degree I could not have hoped for.

So thank you. All of you. Again and always. Thank you for being here, for making SOAM what it is.

Here are three of my favorite entries (for various reasons) from the past year.

Surfin’ Mama (Gia)
Bearing It (Christina Plant)
They say it takes nine months… (Anonymous)

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2 Responses to “And Then We Were Six”

  1. Jessica F. Says:
    July 5th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Happy birthday SOAM! I was delighted when you used my photo a few birthdays ago. I show my friends all the time. Thank you for your website!

    my SOAM birthday pic: http://theshapeofamother.com/blog/happy-birthday-soam/

    My posts: http://theshapeofamother.com/blog/irrational-jealousy-and-blame-anonymous/

  2. Sarah P. Says:
    July 6th, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Happy b-day TSOAM!

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