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This Nearly Was Me Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2013

When I was pregnant with my oldest, I sat down during an early visit with my OB and brought out my carefully crafted List of Questions I’d mostly copied from some pregnancy book. She tolerated a few of them, until I got to this one: “Are there any books you recommend I read to get ready for the birth?”

My doctor rolled her eyes, took a breath that was clearly designed to help her Count To Three, and then said, “I don’t really keep up on books parents should read about the birth process. But let me tell you this: if expectant parents read nearly as many books on actually raising a child as they do on pregnancy, we’d have a lot less messed up kids in this city. So why don’t you take some time reading books on parenting, which you’ll be dong FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, and let me read the books on delivering a baby? It’s kind of what you’re paying me for.”

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Mommy Tea Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

I make this one tea periodically – it’s a yogi tea, tastes like the chai tea lattes you buy at Starbucks minus the sugar and milk. Anyway, I like it because there’s no caffeine and it’s mildly sweet on its own, so I make a few quarts at a time to keep in the fridge, adding honey and milk as needed.

At any rate, a friend of mine is in her first trimester and having a hard time with it nausea-wise. I gave her a quart of the tea – one of the primary ingredients is ginger, and I thought it’d settle her stomach. The result? Two enthusiastic thumbs up, and a request for more tea. Kindly enough, she refrained from calling me at 2 a.m. when she actually ran out, and waited until the next day to make the request.

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Pampering Pregnancy Skin Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 August 2007

When I first became pregnant with Maddie, I had women coming out of the woodwork with advice. What to eat, what not to eat, where to shop, whether or not to breastfeed, you name it and there was a person with an opinion. Most topics I expected, but I was astonished at how many women felt the need to give me “body preservation” advice.

One client immediately wrote down the address of a store that sells circulation hose; she advised me to start wearing them “RIGHT AWAY” so I wouldn’t get varicose veins. Another client was kind enough to feel my boobs and tell me to “kiss their perkiness goodbye” unless I started sleeping in a jog bra every night. But this paled in the number and ferocity of comments I got about stretch marks. Every single woman I met had the “perfect” solution for avoiding stretch marks. Being the obsessive researcher I am, I hit the internet and got the low-down. Want to know the most sure-fire way to avoid stretch marks when pregnant? Here it is:

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Still Sick. Still Pregnant. Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2007

As I inch towards 38 weeks and my belly inches towards Guinness Book worthiness, I sit here, still sick, still pregnant.

On the upside – while feeling worse Monday morning, a whole day pretty much in bed made me feel significantly better by the end of the evening. And Madeleine’s had a slight drip, but I’m hoping it stops there.

On the downside – I’ve stayed in bed pretty much the whole day, and haven’t even had the baby yet.

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What Was I Saying???? Print E-mail
Monday, 30 April 2007

Halcyon Days my Aunt Fanny.

Yes, I’m enjoying my last few weeks with Maddie. Yes, they are precious. Yes, I know they’ll never come again and should be savored.

On the other hand, enough with the pregnancy already.

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