Pregnancy

It seems we’re having another boy?

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Pregnancy | 2 comments

It seems we’re having another boy?

So, according to my former neighbor – a no-nonsense, motherly Lao woman who spends half her year in Australia – I am destined to have my second son. I dropped in to see her with Dominic the other day. She hadn’t seen him since he was about six months old, and was suitably delighted with all the new skills he’s gained since then. Like, walking. And helping himself to an enormous fistful of crackers from the box she offered him. And, uh, then putting some of those crackers back into the box after having gummed them to a soggy mess and tossing others into the pristine swimming...

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I’m pregnant, take two

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Pregnancy | 16 comments

I’m pregnant, take two

I wasn’t planning on announcing my second pregnancy quite yet. Perhaps I should have thought of that before I mentioned it to the reporter from CNN who was interviewing me about things I’d learned and experienced during pregnancy. Oh well. These things happen. So, surprise!! And in case you’re remembering my declaration in our Christmas letter that we wouldn’t be announcing a new baby anytime soon … I was already pregnant when I penned that, but didn’t know it. I knew it shortly thereafter though, and have been enjoying frequent reminders in the form of nausea, fatigue, and...

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Showers, champagne, and flame trees: Celebrating and commemorating birth

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Pregnancy | 6 comments

Showers, champagne, and flame trees: Celebrating and commemorating birth

It is 7:45 on Monday morning. I have been up for two hours already. Dominic’s “secondhand milk” score this morning is my hair, two of my tee shirts, two of his outfits, his play mat, and our bedspread. When he’s not fussing at the moment, he is lying around looking like a tiny, grumpy, Dr. Evil (Austin Powers, for those of you not familiar with that reference). Given what I wrote last week about how actions determine attitude, this seems like the perfect morning for me to write about celebrating Dominic’s birth. So, celebrations. The first thing I did to celebrate Dominic’s...

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30 great gifts for pregnant women and new parents

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Pregnancy | 11 comments

30 great gifts for pregnant women and new parents

I get more referrals to my blog at present on the topic of gifts for pregnant women than anything else. So in the spirit of giving readers what they want, I thought I’d do a comprehensive post on presents for pregnant women and new parents. (Sidenote: This “giving readers what they want” will not extend to addressing certain other mystifying search terms that have recently led people to my blog, including “humans breastfeeding monkeys” and “koalas drinking beer”.) So without further ado, here are 30 great gifts for pregnant women or new parents. I’ll start with...

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Breastfeeding lessons from cows, take two

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Funny, Pregnancy | 18 comments

Breastfeeding lessons from cows, take two

This post is an addendum to one of my favorite posts from the last year, Life lessons in pregnancy and breastfeeding from cows. 5AM this morning: Me: “Dominic!!” Mike: “What’s he doing?” Me: “He’s latching on repeatedly, sucking nicely once or twice, then tossing his head from side to side before yanking backwards – still holding on, mind you – until my nipple finally pops out of his mouth. Then he opens his eyes wide in panic and lunges forward like a small, desperate, vacuum cleaner until he finds it again.” Mike: “Do you want me to tell you what the cows on the farm...

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Lessons learned during labour and delivery

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Pregnancy | 14 comments

Lessons learned during labour and delivery

I don’t really know where to start when writing about labour and delivery. For starters, it was such an intense experience that even now, almost two weeks later, I’m struggling to find the right words (any words) to tell the story well. And secondly, while I was pregnant I was incredibly curious about other women’s experiences of the whole process. Yet I’m not sure that hearing all those stories actually served me well. Almost no one I talked to spoke positively about labour and delivery, and it seemed that for every woman who had experienced a relatively trouble-free birth there were...

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Introducing Dominic McKay Wolfe

Posted by on Aug 12, 2011 in Parenting, Posts with photos, Pregnancy | 80 comments

Introducing Dominic McKay Wolfe

Dominic McKay Wolfe Born Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM 3.62 kg (8.0 pounds) 53 cm (20.9 inches) More to follow after I get some more sleep and Mike and I figure out which way is up (so maybe you should check back in a couple of years). But in brief: Mother and baby are both well. After being very skeptical about whether I was capable of natural childbirth, I surprised myself by making it through the eleven and a half hours of labour and delivery without any pain relief. Dominic surprised me by coming out with one hand up beside his head – a surprise that has granted me an unhappy...

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Midnight sorbet and 10 other good things about pregnancy

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Pregnancy | 6 comments

Midnight sorbet and 10 other good things about pregnancy

Yesterday I posted the following as my facebook status: Good things about pregnancy #11: You feel totally justified eating enough strawberry sorbet to give your tongue frostbite at the odd hour of 1:30am.* A truly surprising number of people liked this status. Perhaps I’m not the only person who thinks of sorbet when they wake up in the wee early hours. Or perhaps many others also enjoy feeling totally justified doing something that they suspect is not good for them. The risks inherent with this status, however, were clear to me even when I posted it and it didn’t take long for Mike to...

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Breaking news

Posted by on Jul 28, 2011 in Pregnancy | 10 comments

Breaking news

No. The baby hasn’t come yet. Yes, I’m grumpy about that (though not yet quite as grumpy as I still am about the fact that apparently he won’t be arriving via the international terminal at Gold Coast airport but via a significantly smaller and much less efficient terminal located closer to home – like just south of my bellybutton). No, he’s not even technically due for another twelve days and he stayed inside as commanded until Mike arrived, so I know I have no real right to be unimpressed with his lack of interest in relocating but I am anyway. So anyone who’s tempted to leave me...

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A skype date at 37 weeks pregnant

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Pregnancy | 18 comments

A skype date at 37 weeks pregnant

“How are you?” Mike asked me last night via skype. “I’m grumpy,” I said. “Why are you grumpy?” Mike said. “I don’t know. Why are you in Laos?” I said. Mike stops to puzzle this over for a few seconds, then decides not to engage on that front. “Well, tell me about today,” he said. “I talked to Jenn and Robin by skype. I lay down for a while. I read. I went to the chiropractor. I made an apple and rhubarb crumble. We had pizza for dinner. We watched TV,” I said, outlining a day most people might consider nearly perfect in its restfulness. The problem, as I went on to...

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