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Allison’s Birth Story – The Induction

Did you read part one of Allie’s birth story? The Contractions In week 35, I started having contractions. For four weeks, I had painful contractions that felt real. I’d have them every 10 minutes for two or three hours, then they would stop. Each time, I was convinced that I was going into labor. I worried that it was too early, that the baby would be in danger. The days were long and difficult and made worse by the pain and anticipation of frequent contractions. During week 37, there was a question about my amniotic fluid. My obstetrician’s receptionist called … Read more

Allison’s Birth Story – The Back Story

Telling a story means reliving it. The emotions and the physical feelings, the good and the bad. It all comes rushing back. For months, I have been reluctant to relive Allison’s birth. It was too hard. I started talking about Allie’s birth to my friend Julia not long ago. Talking to Julia about it led to talking about it on Twitter and thinking about it more often. I am finally ready to accept the experience, to lay out the details, to share it publicly. It happened. I can’t change it. It happened, and it’s okay. It’s about time. The Back … Read more


Since yesterday, when I woke up in the morning with pink eye and (being contagious) subsequently instructed not to visit the hospital for 24 hours, I have been wondering why this is happening. Not why in the why me sense. Why me is self pity. It has no productive purpose. Why is the what am I supposed to learn from this sense is different. That’s what I’ve been trying to focus on. What am I supposed to learn from these illnesses? Be Humble I have a tendency to believe myself to be a little more important than I am. I … Read more

My Decision

After carefully weighing my options, I decided to go home last night. The nurses gave me their blessing to go; there was no danger of infection since Allie had been at home just the day before. Joe stayed with baby Allie, happy to be needed and confident that he could handle her without me. I brought dinner (from Burger King – a special treat) when I picked Grace up from our friend’s house. She squealed and danced when I opened the front door. On the way home, I asked Grace who she wanted to stay with today. No one, she … Read more

Grace’s Birth Story

I have never passed by a birth story without reading it. I think those stories are the ties that bind women. Every woman who has given birth has shared the same experiences, no matter the individual circumstances. I find them fascinating. So. If you aren’t interested in reading my birth stories, stop now and ignore my post next Thursday, too. You’ve been warned. Grace’s Birth Story I wrote this out in the days following Grace’s birth. I have a journal in which I wrote every single day for the first ten weeks of her life. This is the first entry. … Read more

The Difference a Month Makes

January 15 Allison was 3.5 weeks old, and still 6 ounces below her birth weight. February 15 Today, Allison is 7 weeks old. She is growing quickly, but I’m not sure exactly what she weighs. I’m guessing she’s at least 3 pounds above her birth weight, but she may be more than that. She’s definitely substantial. And so very cute. Especially on days like today, when she actually took substantial naps throughout the day. Happily submitted to Wordful Wednesday,  Go Graham Go, Newlyweds!, Better in Bulk, Resourceful Mommy, and Angry Julie Monday