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The Old Pre-Pregnancy Weight Ain't What It Used to Be Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 March 2008

I’m not one of those mommies prone to sitting around with other post-partum women and moaning about baby weight; I’ve got enough stress as it is, and there’s nearly always an element of competitiveness about those conversations, either of the “I’m losing faster than you” or “I’m more miserable than you” genre.

At the same time, I know it’s something that’s important to talk about, since celebrities paint a picture (thank you, Heidi Klum) of instantaneous weight loss and firming, and if we mommies don’t talk about it together we’ll all sit there thinking we’re the only mom who is having a hard time finding her old thighs again.

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Just Call Me Kojak Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2007

The second time around with pregnancy, you think you’re prepared. You know what’s going to happen afterwards – the fact that you’ll still look six months pregnant even after the kid comes out, the fact that your ankles will still be swollen a couple days later. You have a good idea of how long it’ll take you to lose that post-partum weight, and have already vowed not to cry when you’re wearing your “fat pants” still four months later (I type as I eat a Newman's Own Ginger-O's. Hey, they're organic!).

All of this experience and knowledge is a good thing, but let’s face it – we still freak out. And for me, it’s all about the hair.

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Things I Didn't Know About Post-Partum Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Since Madeleine was a c-section, the whole vaginal-birth-and-recovery thing was totally new to me. And just as I mentioned in a recent labor blog, I definitely learned a few new things:

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Cora Arrives on the Scene Print E-mail
Friday, 18 May 2007
Cora arrived this morning at 11:30 after a 12 1/2 hour labor. She looks wise and remained calm and alert for several wonderful hours. She weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and is 20 inches long. Jen and Brian skillfully navigated through labor and delivery, so much so that one might think that they already had a bus load of kids. Everyone is doing well, if tired.

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Life After A C-Section Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 July 2006

(Please note – this is the fourth in a four-part series on c-sections. If you’ve missed out, please read Deciding On A C-Section  Having A C-Section  and Recovering From A C-Section to catch up.)

It’s time to leave the hospital and head out into the world: just you, your husband, your new baby, and a neat incision.

The staff will talk through a sheet of instructions for you that you’ll only half hear because it’s dawning on you that you’re leaving the safe womb of the hospital and its 24/7 room service and care. You’ll set up a 2-week appointment to visit your OB and check on your scar’s healing, either before you leave or soon after you get home. You will –with great foresight – insist that your husband fill your Tylenol with codeine prescription before you leave the hospital, so there’s no lag time in your doses. You will take a Tylenol-codeine soon before you leave. Your doctor will instruct you to spend the next two weeks holding nothing heavier than the baby.

Ten minutes later, if you’re anything like me, you’ll pick up your baby.

In her car seat.

Let’s just say that’s a mistake and move on.

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