Little Bird’s Birth: Expect the Unexpected

Have you ever reached that point where you think you’ve figured something out? I don’t mean a math problem or something else that is structured and straightforward, but a piece of life, like parenting, teaching, or labor. I did. After Miss Bug and Curly-Top, I thought I’d figured out how to have a quick, relatively…

Miss Bug’s Birth: Accidentally Natural

Read about my two previous births! The Ballerina’s Part1 and Part 2, and the Engineer’s. Between the Engineer and my next pregnancy, we moved.  I was at a new clinic, a new hospital and had a new doctor, Dr. P.  We were in a new house and new neighborhood, but family problems follow you everywhere….

Keeping Stress Away from Baby

Most woman can agree that pregnancy is an especially stressful time of life. It isn’t just the physical stress, either. Although morning sickness (or hyperemesis gravidarum), food cravings and aversions, round ligament pain, and difficulty sleeping cause their fair share of stress, the mental stress and worry is often worse. Society has a huge amount…

The Engineer’s By-the-Book Birth

Read the Ballerina’s exciting birth story: Part 1 and Part 2 One would think that in the two years between the Ballerina and the Engineer, I would have read more about childbirth and dealing with the pain of contractions, but I didn’t.  Life was full of other, more pressing things.  Not just my teaching, but…

Manic Monday: The Ballerina’s Birth, part 2

Read Part 1 first. The doctors had prepared us for the risks of induction. We knew about the risks of pre-eclampsia and the possible complications. We thought the risks were over once the birth was done. We’d done it. We’d beaten this strange, potentially-fatal disease of pregnancy. It would all be uphill from here. We…

Manic Monday: The Ballerina’s Birth, part 1

Birth stories are fascinating.  One of the wonders of the information age is how easily and widely women can share their stories.  Each one is as unique as the child being born. My 5 births are all different, each with a different level of management.  It’s quite some variety: medically-necessary induction, low-risk with an epidural,…

A Supplement for Jollier Joints

There’s something about passing 40 that makes a person more aware of their joints and joint health. It’s probably that those joints suddenly seem a little more vulnerable to damage, a little more likely to hurt after a day of moving furniture or turning valves. Our bones may still be strong, but our joints, oh,…

No Food Poisoning, Please!

Maybe I’m paying more attention because I’m pregnant, but there seem to have been far more food recalls this year than before. I don’t usually keep count, but this year has seen recalls on two types of lettuce, pre-cut veggies in some Safeway stores, Ritz and Goldfish crackers, and frozen veggies at Aldi’s. Those are…

Manic Monday: God Sends Reassurances

If you’ve been pregnant (or lived with a pregnant woman), you know the hormones affect more than your body. They affect your brain and wreak havoc with your emotions. The belly is growing, the joints are loosening, the memory cells aren’t firing all the time, sleep can be elusive, and my emotions often run away…