7 memories from the first year of a baby's life

Writer Ann Lamott and her son Sam share stories of unexpectedly adding a new generation to the family.

6. Everything else is second to the baby

By Mailans

Sam said in an interview that because the baby, Jax, takes up so much time, getting any task done is a small victory. "Now I get my laundry done, and it's like WOW," he said. "Or I finish my homework, and I can hear the soundtrack from 'Chariots of Fire' playing.... There used to be a list of stuff I hoped to get done, homework or exercise or whatever, and now if I want to make a schedule for myself, it's like, 'Thanks for sharing,' because instead, I know I'm going to need to stare at my son for a long time."

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