I have no idea how the magazine publishing companies knew I was pregnant before I did, but I swear I started receiving issues of Baby Talk and American Baby in my mailbox within hours of my first child’s conception. I imagine the editors were stalking my house waiting with bated breath for the exact moment I joined the realm of motherhood (in general, I believe maintaining a delusion of self-importance is beneficial to mental health). In any case, the magazines started arriving with a fervor that has not abated. The stack of magazines beside my bed continues to grow and grow and grow…At some point this summer, I made a concentrated effort to wade my way through it, but it is once again looming scarily large. I stopped counting at 24 and that was weeks ago. I don’t entirely know what magazines are in there, where they come from and how exactly they all started coming to me. A large majority of them are about parenting (including but not limited to Parents, Parenting, Mothering, Pathways, Thriving Family, and Family Fun), but the stack has been infiltrated by some that shockingly do not focus on potty training or nap schedules. I noticed a People and a few Self issues peeking out. Adding to the abyss, I subscribed to Us Weekly with a Groupon for 88% off the cover price because my beloved Star subscription was scheduled to end weeks ago. However, just yesterday, a Star showed up in my box. I’m probably going to need to do an integrity check soon with this one b/c I really do not want to call the company to tell them they should no longer be sending it. I mean, is the Sudoku in there awesome or what?? And the quality of their “Who Wore It Best?” column is beyond compare. My husband tells me I don’t need to read everything just because it has come to our house, but I appear to have an innate fear that I will miss an article full of valuable advice, or worse, a photo comparison of Suri Cruise and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. So for now, the stack is sticking.