Eden M. Kennedy

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Eden M. Kennedy is the co-author (with Alice Bradley) of the book Let's Panic About Babies! (St. Martin's Press, 2011).

A former college-radio DJ, Mrs. Kennedy has driven cross-country six times in a Volkswagen Bug and enjoys standing on her head.

Currently she works at a public library and is finishing writing her first novel.

12 Years Ago Today

Twelve years ago this morning I woke up, tried to roll over, and burst into tears. I had gained 45 pounds and could not fathom how I'd make it through another day of pregnancy. Fortunately, by 11:20 p.m. that night I had one of these:

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This morning Jackson woke up and asked for Cheetos and a Mexican Coke for breakfast, and reader, I sang Happy Birthday To You and gave it to him. It was a lot easier than to try to start lactating again.

Today he looks more like this:

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I did not draw this, a tired caricature artist at Legoland did it for $15.

Jack, watching Jackson getting dressed for day camp in a black t-shirt: "A black t-shirt? Seriously? It's going to be 90 degrees out there today."

Jackson: "I like this t-shirt."

Jack: "Good, then you're going to die wearing it."

Jackson: *puts on long pants, knee-high socks, and high-top Converse*

Jack: "You can't be serious."

Jackson: *puts on wool beanie*

Jack (to me): "Are you going to weigh in on this?"

Me: "I think he looks cute."

Jackson: "Thanks, Mom."

Me: "You're welcome."

Jack (taking off white t-shirt, going to closet): "Fine."

Me: "Peewee, you need to take off your coat, it's going to be 90 degrees out there today."

Peewee: *wags because he heard his name*

Jack (comes back from closet wearing black t-shirt): "Then I, too, shall wear a black t-shirt."

Me: "You look cute, too."

Jack: "I've waited all week to hear you to say that."

Me: "Does this mean we're going to have sex today?"

Jackson: "IS THAT WHAT YOU GUYS DO WHEN I'M AT CAMP?!"