About Amy

Amy is a sociology professor who studies childfree families. When not conducting research or teaching, Amy enjoys holding the inside line of the track while skating as Wined Up (#13% abv) for Central Maine Derby, collecting frequent flyer miles, tasting and sometimes cooking kick-ass food of all types, and appreciating wine (preferably crisp, bell peppery whites and stinky, barnyard reds). She maintains “we’re {not} having a baby!” with her husband, Lance.

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Childfree Derby Chick Makes HuffPost!

Living the Dream We promise to keep this brief since there’s no big childfree connection here but we’re psyched to share this article from HuffPost, featuring we’re {not} having a baby!‘s very own Wined Up (a.k.a. Amy)! It describes Amy’s journey on the road to becoming a Roller Derby Queen at the ripe old age of […]

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In The News

“Childless” Story Features Mostly Parents

Where Have All the Childfree Gone? Earlier this week, on Mother’s Day, CBS Sunday Morning ran an 8 minute story entitled Childless: Couples Who Choose Not to Have Children. The story begins and ends with the Duggars, the family of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, famous for its procreative prowess. We thought it odd that […]

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Childfree Thanks on Mother’s Day

A Shout-out to Our Moms on Mother’s Day It’s true – neither of us is a mother (did we just blow your minds with that insight?) but we both have mothers. On this Mother’s Day we thought we’d take a moment to thank these special women in our lives. As a happily childfree couple, we’re […]

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Pick-a-Child: Round 1

Meet the {First} Candidate In our last Wine-y Baby post we shared our revised plan to taste four different alternatives to the Chateau Citran we’d first planned to nurture while it matured. Well, with the help of some friends, we’ve tasted all four and have a few impressions to share. The first bottle competing for our affections […]

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Funnywoman is {not} having a baby! An interview with Jen Kirkman

i can barely take care of myself Congratulations are in order! Jen Kirkman is {not} having a baby! Or maybe she is (see her response to our first question below!). In either case, she was gracious enough to chat with us about being childfree, writing her recent book I Can Barely Take Care of Myself, […]

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Roller Derby, Babies, and Risk

Roller Derby Medic! A few weeks ago I accidentally bashed my head against the wood floor that my roller derby team practices on. As luck would have it (or not), this resulted in a concussion that I am now working hard (or, more accurately, working very little) to recover from. That’s Amy (aka Wined Up), […]

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Adjusting the Plan

Oh Wine-y Baby, Where Art Though? In a previous post, we described our effort to identify an ageable, yet affordable wine that we could uncork annually to celebrate the launch of our childfree blog – and to test our ability to nurture something over the years. As it turns out, parents don’t have a corner […]

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Childfree Baby Bottles

Baby in a bottle To honor the launch of our childfree blog, our baby, we had planned to decant another sweet baby, a very special bottle. As you’ll soon be all too aware, one of Amy’s hobbies is wine. Lance thinks pretty highly of it too. So we thought it would be fun to uncork […]

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Should the Childfree Have a Voice in Child-Rearing?

On Saturday, New York Times Op-ed Columnist Frank Bruni asserted that parents should cut themselves some slack and spend a little less time fretting over whether little Johnny “probably won’t eat or definitely won’t eat or must somehow be made to eat” this or that, particularly when what he’ll likely wind up eating in any […]

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It’s a… Blog!

Special delivery! We’re having a… BLOG! And we think a celebration is in order. While our announcement may not seem worthy of congratulations to some, we consider our milestones to be no less significant or important than the many milestones celebrated by parents and parents-to-be. We’re all well familiar with what those milestones are for parents – early […]

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