The Longest Shortest Time

EPISODE #10: My Newborn, the A**hole

I met my friend Kristin at prenatal yoga when she was four months pregnant and I was five. We bonded immediately over our complete and utter fear of childbirth. Then we both went through it and, yeah, a lot of it was just as terrible as we’d imagined. But none of that compared to the harrowing weeks immediately following the births of our daughters Scarlett (hers) and Sasha (mine). In this episode I call up Kristin to reminisce over what we used to talk about during our frequent angsty phone calls a year ago. And she reveals something to me she’s never told me before.

Scarlett then

Scarlett then

Scarlett now

Scarlett now

Scarlett makes "the face"

Scarlett makes “the face”

*Kristin mentions something about how my husband Jonathan and I were really curious to know which one of us our daughter would resemble. She is referring to this radio story, which Jonathan wrote for This American Life a couple months before Sasha was born. To hear the story, scroll down to “Act Three: Potus Operandi.” You’ll learn our secret code name for Sasha back when she was a fetus.

Did YOU mistake your kid for an a-hole at first?
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