Mandy Hitchcock

Motherhood. Loss. Authenticity. Resilience.

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My Daughter’s Death Changed Me, But It Did Not Make Me Superhuman

I was both humbled and proud to debut on the Brain, Child blog yesterday with a piece that was hard for me to write and share, because it says the opposite of what I think most people expect me to… Continue Reading →

Side By Side

My three children resemble one another so closely that I often have fun playing tricks on friends and family by posting baby photos of them with a caption of “Guess the baby!” To prove my point, here are photos taken… Continue Reading →

Life Is A Circle

The ways in which life so often circles back upon itself never cease to amaze me. My youngest daughter has been sick for the last several days with hand, foot, and mouth disease–it’s a common toddler illness that begins with a… Continue Reading →

Paris

Whatever I was going to write today means little in the face of what happened in Paris today. And while there are so many terrifying and heart-wrenching aspects of the attacks there, and so many things that I could write… Continue Reading →

That’ll Do, Pig.

Tonight I told a live audience of 200-ish people a story about Hudson and hospitals and brain injuries and death and God and the things that people call miracles. I think that’s about enough for today.  

Connection Is The Reason We’re Here

I ran into a former colleague friend at the grocery store the other day. She told me that she liked being my Facebook friend because unlike so many others, my posts are not all Pollyanna and sunshine, that unlike so… Continue Reading →

How Television Helps Me Grieve

Before our older daughter died, my husband and I were near-religious watchers of shows like Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, The Wire, and Dexter. All dark. All involving violent deaths and grief. All impossible to watch after we’d… Continue Reading →

Timehopping My Way Through Life and Death

I’m honored to be published at Modern Loss for the first time with a piece about my sad but also strangely satisfying experience of using Timehop as a grieving person.

Why I Love the Sound of My Kids Fighting

I’m in the kitchen doing the dishes. It’s that hour just after the kids wake from their naps. I spent their naptime working and am now desperately hoping they’ll entertain themselves for a bit while I try to fit in… Continue Reading →

How Do You Measure a Life?

My daughter Hudson lived for 529 days. Today, my younger daughter Ada has lived for 529 days. Tomorrow she’ll be older than her big sister ever got to be. Today, my 39th birthday, I have lived for 14,235 days. My… Continue Reading →

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