Posts Tagged "birth"

Introducing Alexander McKay Wolfe

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Parenting, Posts with photos | 39 comments

Introducing Alexander McKay Wolfe

It’s been a big week in the McKay-Wolfe world. Mike arrived from Laos last Saturday, much to the delight of wife and son. Then, Dominic turned two on Friday.  He didn’t really seem to care that his parents vanished midway through his second birthday party on Saturday morning, although we suspect that in years to come both boys will be grateful they missed sharing a birthday by about 18 hours. Now, the news we’ve all been waiting for. Alexander McKay Wolfe was born on Saturday August 10, 2013 at 5:19pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time). 3.78kg (8lb 5oz) 49cm (19.3in) Baby is healthy...

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Lao music, launch parties, and other elegant celebrations

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Life in Laos, Writing | 4 comments

Lao music, launch parties, and other elegant celebrations

What a whirlwind! Love At The Speed Of Email had a great launch day yesterday. Scores of people visited the launch announcement and a bunch of you clicked on over to buy a copy (thank you!!). I spent some thrilled moments watching you all help me share the news on facebook and twitter (again, thank you!!) and feeling overwhelmed by that happy sort of embarrassment that comes when you’re a bit the center of attention and you realize how many people care about you. And then there was the rest of the day. Because, you see, launching a book from Laos over the internet is a very abstract sort of...

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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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Love the feeling, love the action

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in Parenting | 8 comments

Love the feeling, love the action

This post is part of a series on the fruits of the spirit. The current theme is love. Three weeks after Dominic was born and two days before Mike left for Laos again, Mike and I went out to dinner at the Bangalow pub. I can tell I am not one of these women who is going to struggle to tear myself away from her baby to go on date nights – I finished the feed, tossed him into my Mum’s arms, wriggled into jeans for the first time in nine months, set my watch for two and a half hours and trotted happily out the door. Over a delicious dinner Mike and I talked about what the month apart would...

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Supply equals demand: Our first argument as parents

Posted by on Aug 25, 2011 in Parenting | 19 comments

Supply equals demand: Our first argument as parents

I am typing this one handed while Dominic sleeps on my left shoulder. About every twenty seconds he pops his head up and makes angry-koala-bear noises. I suspect that this is because he has so far stubbornly refused to burp after spending most of the last hour guzzling milk. I don’t understand. He burps quite nicely for Mike (who has been primary burper and diaper-changer during the daytime for the last ten days). Then Mike goes into town for an hour and a quarter (and counting) and what do I get? No burps, but a big baby vomit into my hair (the hair that I washed just this morning) and two...

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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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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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What is nesting, anyway?

Posted by on Jul 14, 2011 in Pregnancy | 18 comments

What is nesting, anyway?

Last week I found myself wandering around the cute shops in Bangalow. This little town is smack in the middle of eucalypt forests and green fields filled with cows, yet the stores are crammed with vintage wicker furniture, porcelain tea sets, handmade jewelry, expensive clothes made out of hemp, and giant wooden Buddhas going for $600. Even after my seven years in LA, Bangalow is way too trendy for me. I managed to resist the giant wooden Buddhas and the hemp clothes, but I did almost buy a cookbook of chocolate recipes. This cookbook was a work of art. There were luscious pictures of brownie...

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Push It: Music for labour and delivery

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Pregnancy | 14 comments

Push It: Music for labour and delivery

A couple of days ago now I asked my facebook community a question. I do this regularly and it usually yields fascinating information (or at the very least some good laughs). I’m often surprised by how much people know (or appear to know) about the most obscure topics and how widely opinions can diverge among my friends. A month or so ago, for example, I asked my facebook friends the following question: “To circumcise or not to circumcise – that is the question. Thoughts?” I wasn’t at all sure anyone would touch this topic with a ten-foot pole so I was floored when this status update...

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