Posts Tagged "pregnant"

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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Best of 2011

Posted by on Dec 31, 2011 in Miscellaneous, Posts with photos | 0 comments

Best of 2011

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” (Annais Nin) Happy New Years Eve! In the spirit of celebrating roads already travelled on this last day of the year here were your favourite posts of the year, my favourite posts of the year, and Mike’s favourite photos from 2011. Your favourite posts The most popular posts from this past year (judged by traffic) were all pregnancy related. I guess there’s a reason why so many “mommy blogs” become big deals. Ten Great Gifts for Pregnant Women and Thirty Great Gifts for Pregnant Women and New Parents Introducing...

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Looking Like Love: A Letter To My Parents

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Parenting | 15 comments

Looking Like Love: A Letter To My Parents

It’s been five months since I stepped off the plane from Asia, roundly pregnant at 28 weeks, and saw you both there waiting for me and smiling. The hills here were green, the cool air smelled of wet eucalyptus and the pancakes that we stopped for on the way home were heaped with berries, tiny crimson waterfalls falling from the stack. As I unpacked in this bedroom later that morning I thought that five months seemed like an eternity. So many milestones in life had to come and go before I would depart – Mike’s arrival after ten weeks apart, the baby’s arrival, then...

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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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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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