If we’re supposed to be born with an instinctive motherhood gene – one that gives the ability to mother confidently, no matter the situation – in my case, it’s missing.  I’ve often asked myself (and anyone else who will listen), “Why didn’t anyone tell me this is what it’s like?”

Now that I’ve been there a little, I think you have a right to know. If you want to.

About Duff

I  live in Connecticut with my husband and children (The Dervish, 4, and Atticus, 1). I love to read, try to cook, and am often researching my latest obsession.

For eleven years, I worked in marketing and advertising roles with international companies and publications. After a layoff, I am simultaneously writing my face off and searching for my next opportunity. I have a B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing but had no experience with children before I had my first.  That’s right. I had never even changed a diaper.

The Dervish schooled me on colic, high-neediness, sleep regressions, night terrors, and resistance to potty training, but she is one child, and in my case, one child does not an expert make. Enter Atticus, who added infant milk protein and soy intolerance to that list and reminded me that since every child is different, I still have much, much more to learn.

I hope that my experience will be beneficial and validating to other moms, and encourage you to laugh at me as you make what I consider to be the toughest job in world look easy.


This blog is not intended to be a step-by-step manual on how to parent your child.  I am an ordinary mom, and I’m reporting my experiences from a pinpoint in the universe.  All advice should be taken with a grain of salt, a sense of humor, and a dose of your own common sense.  And on some days, a cocktail.


3 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Kristen Says:

    Hey Fitz- I can’t beleive how great it is to come across this and you again. I would love to chat a bit about IF treatment. I am in the midst of this myself. About to do first IUI in a month or so. Feeling somewhat inadequate is the only way I can say it. Hope to really connect with you again at some point.

  2. I can’t believe I am just noticing this now! There is probably a lot I could learn 🙂 This looks great!! 🙂

  3. Katie Says:

    This is incredibly strange. I am a blogger. I live in Fairfield County, CT. Formerly lived in New Haven Country. I call my 4-month-old son The Bean. I have a masters in Organizational Management (close enough to Organizational Psychology, right?). And I work heavily in development at a private university in New Haven (guess which one…).

    You ladies are freaking me out…

    ~ Katie

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