Reflections on Identity

Mothering My First Child

A Journey of Guilt, Anxiety, and Love

Laura Friedman Williams
Published in
9 min readJul 4, 2023

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The author with her daughter in 2000

My daughter is nine months old and refuses to sleep unless she is lying in bed with me. We live in a one-bedroom apartment and her crib is next to my bed, but that is not close enough. One day I climb into the crib to see it from her perspective. I lie down on her little mattress, stare at the…

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Laura Friedman Williams
Human Parts

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; Harper360 May ‘21). Mom of three, diehard New Yorker.