Pregnancy & Childbirth

Elinor Rose and Juliet Johanna

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Twelve days ago, two little new miracles joined our world. I’d like you to meet Elinor Rose and Juliet Johanna. After what felt like the longest pregnancy in the history of the world, we welcomed our girls at 36 weeks. And after eight hours of Pitocin and a botched epidural (a story for another day), [...]


The Last Supper

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The babies are coming. Soon. Like, today. Despite the flurry of the past few weeks, with nesting in full gear and a to-do list that never ended, Chris and I took the kids out for one last dinner as a family of six last night. We went to Club Lago, our favorite neighborhood family restaurant, [...]


Swimming Lesson

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Ugh. Of all the aches and pains associated with this pregnancy, perhaps the most persistent and annoying has been the feet/ankle/calf swelling. It is worse while sitting, moderately better while walking, and minimally improved while laying with my feet propped up. Walking is uncomfortable. Sleeping is uncomfortable. Moving is uncomfortable. I’m uncomfortable. All the time. [...]


NST = Not So Terrible

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For the past few weeks I’ve been going to the hospital twice a week for fetal non-stress tests. The nurses and doctors monitor the babies’ heartbeats, my blood pressure and contractions, and they occasionally draw blood and perform a quick ultrasound. It really is no big deal, and I’m in-and-out in about an hour. But, [...]


All the Twins Questions. Answered.

7-21-16 33 weeks!

Ever since we found out we’re having twins, I am asked the same series of questions by multiple people every.single.day. I’m not bothered – after all, people are curious and caring. And, as my grandma told me, people LOVE twins. When I first told her I was expecting twins she burst out laughing! She gave [...]


Mocktail on the Balcony

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I am so grateful for Chris. While I’ve been shuffling through this pregnancy, he’s been busy taking care of life around the house. No small task is going undone – broken window blind: replaced, mismatched door handle: replaced, rusty front fence: repainted, broken towel rack: fixed. Much to the kids dismay, he often employs them [...]


24 Weeks and 1 Day

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By my very nature, I don’t like to make a fuss. I don’t like extra drama. I don’t like asking for help. But, late last week I had to put all that aside when our twins tried to make their grand arrival. At 24 weeks and 1 day. I woke up Friday morning not feeling [...]


Homemade Heating Pad

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Now at 23 weeks along in my pregnancy with twins, I’m feeling the aches and pains I felt when I was 33 weeks with the first four babies. Perhaps the most nagging is the round ligament pain, a burning, searing, jabbing sensation on the left side of my lower belly. At times it is almost [...]


Just One? Not Quite.

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I KNEW it. I knew all along it was twins. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew it. Just ask Chris if you don’t believe me! This pregnancy felt different from day one – I found out I was pregnant weeks earlier than I did with the other four, I’m more [...]


The CDC’s Missed Opportunity

3-5-14 mom & ben at home

It has been six whole days since the CDC issued its warning to women of childbearing age regarding alcohol and birth control, and in the life of the internet that makes this story officially old news. But, I’ve been thinking about it for the past few days so I want to get my thoughts out [...]


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