Recently we here at BABY MAMA passed our one-year mark. And it seems to me that as every month has passed, we’ve gotten closer and closer to the heart of the matter: what it is to be a Baby Mama. To be women who are aware, listening, changing, growing, sharing. Connecting with our world—and always with the intent to make it a little better.

This month’s features capture our mission, in all its messy beauty. I dare you to read K. Wilhoite’s story about trying as a teenager to make her mom stay sober without a few tears. Or our two pieces from our newest—and youngest—writers: teenagers Natalie Wise and Erin Neil. Their words and actions inspire and give me hope. And how about Alice Scovell’s story of an 18th-century woman painter? Her life has enormous relevance to some of the issues we Baby Mamas face today.

The point is, we all try. And though we sometimes stumble, because we’ve tried we grow. Feels good, doesn’t it?

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