Monday, March 31, 2014

More yuck: hand-expression of colostrum and addressing the lady parts

Today is the first day of my maternity leave.  And when I say "maternity leave," I mean indefinite unemployment.  That's a big topic that I neither feel like discussing today, nor feel qualified to discuss since it's only lasted a few hours.  All it means is that I am-- on this occasion-- not blogging during the workday.  Congratulate me!

Friday, March 28, 2014


In good news, I lost more of my mucus plug this morning, a development that pleased Heather so much that she didn’t mind being woken to see it.  (She had a lot of questions the first time and I felt it was more efficient to just show it to her this time.)  In suckier news, my lord, I’m still throwing up all the damn time.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Getting there: 37+ weeks pregnant

Last Saturday, I hit 37 weeks, and suddenly my joyful embrace of pregnancy has dissolved.  Let's do this, yo.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Baby showers and the consumer impulse

When I first got pregnant, I told my mom about all the things Heather and I planned to buy.  She began to grimace, then told me (with the spirit of her frugal Midwestern father flashing behind her eyes) that she did not believe that people should be sucked into such rampant consumerism where babies were concerned.  The used dresser that she and my dad bought, she declared, was a perfectly adequate changing table for my sister and for me.  I considered her point, but replied that this was not just a first baby, but a long-planned, much-wanted baby, and we were probably going to get sucked in.  Reader, it was the truth.