In high school, Charli North never imagined that she’d ever be surrounded by boys. Now she’s happily outnumbered by her husband, son, and dog. They live in Chicago.
Tonilyn has always preferred writing in her room to playing kick-ball outside. Her essays have been published in various regional and national magazines and papers, and for over three years, she was a favorite and featured blogger for Skirt! national magazine. Her first book How to Raise a Husband is being released April 1st (no foolin’) of 2014. (You can pre-order it now on Amazon!) Tonilyn lives in LA with her two smart Border Collies, her one sassy kitty, her one supportive husband, her one new baby boy, and never enough closet space. You can find her at her website (which sadly does not make ice cream) at www.tonilynhornung.com
Thomas Rogers is a first-time father living in San Diego. He has a career in social services, a knack for embarrassing himself publicly, and an extremely patient wife. They had their first baby in April. Thomas writes about his son’s adventures on his blog, Awkward Story.
In his B.C. (Before Child) life, Josh Conley once lived in Japan, set foot on Antarctica and recorded a witnessed disc golf hole-in-one. The love-child of John Hughes and Oscar the Grouch, he wrote the novel Achieving Umami without fulling understanding the rules of hyphen-ation. In his free time, he makes beer and generously calls himself a ‘Friday’ NYT crossworder. He relies on his beautiful wife to bring home the bacon, which is a bit presumptuous, since she is a vegetarian. Meanwhile, he makes fun of their firstborn at Parentithesis. A 4th Conley joined the fray in August.
Lindsey Henke is a baby loss mom, writer, and clinical social worker. She is currently pregnant with baby No. 2, a bittersweet blessing as baby No. 1, her first child and daughter Nora, was stillborn at 40 weeks after a PERFECT pregnancy. Even with her worries about expecting again, Lindsey is excited to move into the next part of her healing journey – pregnancy after loss. She does this by holding onto hope that each day she is one day closer to bringing home a bundle of love in her arms instead of a hole in her heart. She finds strength and joy in each moment of this journey through the support from her best friend and husband, Nick, along with daily cuddles from her furry shih tzu, George. She writes about her journey through pregnancy after loss at Stillborn and Still Breathing. She is also a monthly contributor to Still Standing, an online magazine for bereaved parents.
Lisa Fogarty is a freelance writer who lives in New York City with her husband and toddler. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Bust magazine, and on numerous websites. She’s currently working as a freelance writer for The Stir and trying to balance working from home with the challenges of raising an energetic two-year-old daughter who hates the potty. She’s eagerly expecting her second baby on March 29, 2014.