Diaper Dilemma

June 28, 2010

Knowing that I’ve always been a bit of an environmentalist, my friend Kelly asked me if I planned on using cloth diapers. While I am totally into the idea of using non-disposable, washable material rather than adding to the waste of the world with hundreds of my baby’s poo catchers a month, I told her […]

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Vaccine Vernacular

June 25, 2010

I’ve been avoiding reading Dr. Sears’s The Vaccine Book because the thought of well, reading about vaccines seemed overwhelming. See, the trend in vaccine awareness seems to have hit an all time high over the past decade, perhaps because the required and suggested number of vaccinations for a child have jumped so significantly and because […]

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The Pregnant Waitress Calls It Quits

June 24, 2010

Well, I think my life as a pregnant waitress must come to an end. So says my body, which I promised to listen to. I really wanted to get in one more solid week of work, but last night was a real struggle. I felt like crying after few hours. Aside from the general weariness and […]

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Doctor Days

June 23, 2010

I spent three hours at the doctor’s office yesterday. I didn’t even get in to a room for an hour and then didn’t even see my doctor for another thirty minutes. After the appointment, I waited another 20 minutes in the pharmacy for new glucose blood test strips only to be told the prescription for […]

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The Crib Cannot Be The Chairs

June 22, 2010

With my due date only four weeks away, I could, theoretically, go into labor any week. In fact, I’m having lots of false labor contractions–Braxton Hicks, I suppose–and a little cramping now and then. I feel like she will be here a week early, if not two. With that in mind, I’m starting to feel […]

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Diner Don’t

June 21, 2010

As I sat a twenty-something couple at the restaurant this weekend, the girl immediately noticed that I was pregnant and cooed and smiled at me. Her boyfriend, without even looking at me, opened his menu and said, “Great environment to bring a kid into. You can tell her all about the oil massacre.” Now, I […]

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Pre-Post-Pregnancy Lament

June 18, 2010

As excited as I am to meet our daughter, and as anxious as I am starting to get to have my body back–to shed this weight and fit into my clothes, to lay on my stomach, to eat a freakin’ hunk of cake–I think I am going to be a little sad to not have […]

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Milk Math

June 16, 2010

Yesterday I went to a lactation consultation to prepare myself for breastfeeding. I expected I would learn things like, how often to feed, how to be sure my baby is suckling, how to be sure she is getting enough to eat, the proper way to hold her during feeding, and the basics of pumping–how long […]

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Stroller Daze

June 15, 2010

My mom’s gift to us was a stroller, so yesterday, Ben and I took our first trip together to Babies R’ Us to pick one out.  We rarely go to any store together, but walking into an everything baby store with my husband sent this strange rush of weirdness through me. Sometimes I forget that […]

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The Depressed Waitress

June 14, 2010

Talk about recuperating. We arrived back in LA on Friday afternoon, and after loving reunion with Biggie and a long shower, I got in bed. I didn’t get out until Saturday afternoon, roughly 24 hours later. Two things kept me there in a sleepy daze even when I wasn’t actually sleeping–first of all, I really was […]

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