Saying Goodbye: my last post on

My mother-in-law Susan was nine years old when her mom died. Ten years later her older sister, who had five children, choked on a piece of steak at a restaurant and also died. Susan never had a chance to say goodbye.

Maybe because of those sad experiences, my mother-in-law is always careful to make goodbyes—even if you’re just going away for a few hours—special.

My husband does too: No one, not even the I’m-Miss-Independent 11-year-old, leaves without a hug and a kiss and an I love you.

This is my last post for

My first post was published on my son’s birthday, October 26, 2009, when I was enormously pregnant with my now 17-month-old daughter.

Since then, I’ve written 276 posts, garnered 3,658 comments, and tackled subjects ranging from broccoli to testing for Down syndrome to rainy day activities in Northern California.

Most commented on post: when a Delta stewardess called armed police officers to escort a breastfeeding mama off the plane.

Most controversial post: they’ve been taken down by request of editors and/or angry readers.

Most read posts: the 4-part series on our baby’s birth (I think. I’m actually not techno-savvy enough to know this for sure.)

Percentage of time I’ve enjoyed blogging: 99.99.

Best thing of all: the smart, insightful, and interesting comments from readers (I especially appreciate comments that disagree with me but do so in a respectful and intelligent way.)

Thank you all for helping me make Mothering Outside the Lines an interesting, dynamic, and informative place to advocate for babies, parents, cloth diapering, breast feeding, healthy eating, EC’ing, empowered birth, responsible medicine, gentle parenting, happy parenting, and more.

If you want to stay in touch, you can:

Follow me on Twitter (@JenniferMarguli no “S”),

Friend me on Facebook (which I use as a professional medium), and

Check back at my writerly Website (where I have an often neglected blog) to see where I’m off to next.

You can also read my articles forthcoming in O magazine, More magazine, the Jefferson Monthly, and elsewhere. The book I’m working on, The Business of Baby: How Corporations and Private Interests Skew the Way we Parent, is slated for publication by Scribner in 2013.

Thanks for reading.

I’ll miss you!

Hug. Kiss. And an I Love You,


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