Pregnancy & Birth

IVF, Personhood, and a Story of Infertility

IVF, Personhood, and a Story of Infertility

I don’t have an exciting infertility story. You probably didn’t even know we struggled with infertility. Although since we have twins, you’ve wondered. Some of you have even asked me in your own polite way. Were you surprised? Do twins run in your family? Did you know you were having twins? I do have a […]

Why you (yes YOU) should support Planned Parenthood

Why you (yes YOU) should support Planned Parenthood

I’m talking to everybody when I say, it’s in our best interest to support Planned Parenthood. If you’re pro-choice, I know you’re probably already on board with that, so you can go ahead and skip to the bottom where I’ll tell you a few ways you can help. If you’re not pro-choice, you’re a tough […]

Lesson 31: (for your visitors) What to say to and do for a New Mom

Lesson 31: (for your visitors) What to say to and do for a New Mom

Chances are, after you actually have a baby, a lot of your ideas on parenting will change. Among those things is how to be of help to a new mom, what to say to her, and what to do to make her life a little easier. Oh, and, what NOT to say. What to Do […]

Lesson 27: The hunger you experience in the days after birth will be like no hunger you’ve ever experienced.

Seriously. I had no idea. No idea. I don’t know what causes this hunger, but I can only assume it’s milk production. I remember shopping at Buy Buy Baby with my husband and J when he was about a week old (so, right as my body was kicking into high gear to make milk instead of colostrum). I was fine one […]

Lesson 23: Spend some time with just your partner and new baby

Lots of folks will be wanting to visit your new baby, and their visits will be welcome because you’ll be wanting to show him off to those you love the most. But take some time to revel in your new family of three. Sneak a few peeks at your husband while he’s getting used to […]

Lesson 22: Some newborns are ugly.

Lesson 22: Some newborns are ugly.

But yours will be the most beautiful baby ever to grace this earth. Count on it. And on that note, beware the hospital photographers. You will be so hormonal and emotional and in love, it will be easy to fall for their astronomically priced photo packages! Not that I know anything about that…. Save Save […]

Lesson 21: Again, take lots of pictures!

Lesson 21: Again, take lots of pictures!

Have at least one person visit right after birth who will not listen to your demands of “no pictures of new mom!” That way you’ll always have a gem like the one I have of me shoving a whole hamburger into my mouth. Trust me, you’ll want it one day. But you’ll probably choose not to […]

Lesson 20: Write the story of your baby’s birth

Lesson 20: Write the story of your baby’s birth

Write down the story of your baby’s birth as soon as possible because the memories will become fuzzy. One day your child will love to hear the story of her birth–especially when she is expecting her own baby. Here is the letter I wrote to my son: Dear Baby J, On Tuesday evening, March 27, […]

Lesson 19: Take a final belly picture

Lesson 19: Take a final belly picture

(Lesson 18.5 should have been “get a pedicure before taking your final belly picture”) Save Save

Lesson 18: Have a Birth Plan

Lesson 18: Have a Birth Plan

Have a birth plan, but remember that it’s okay to chuck it out the window. Having a plan is always a good thing. But being able to deviate from said plan as circumstances necessitate is your first real step into parenthood: things don’t always go the way you plan, especially when there’s a kid in […]

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