The Nine-Month Journey: Adoption

I recently saw a video where two moms were dropping “truth bombs” about pregnancy and birth. One thing they mentioned was the need for padding immediately after… or maybe a better word would be sponges. They implied that women are usually told to bring a pantiliner, as there “may be some blood”, and then proceeded…

The Nine-Month Journey: Birth

Labor and delivery. It was pretty bad. I had built up all these ideas of what it should feel like and how I would handle it and how “painless birth” could be a thing. I was prepared to silently suffer, to condition my mind to think of it as pressure instead of pain, to utilize…

The Nine-Month Journey: Labor

You know how everyone says that when real contractions hit, you will know you’re in labor without the shadow of a doubt? Well, I’m here to tell you that, like most absolutes given about pregnancy, that’s not true for everyone. It was probably around four in the morning or so on the day my ultrasound…

A Thank You Letter

I always try to look back over the past year sometime in the first week of January. This one was a doozy. Usually, a lot of stuff happens in just one year for me because I’m constantly on the move and love trying new things. In 2017, I felt a bit slower. Most of the…

Month 9 – September

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you may have noticed that around month eight or nine, people stop asking “How are you?” and start asking “How are you feeling?” I was never quite sure how to answer that question. Normal? Normal, but pregnant? I never reached a point of feeling terrible in general, and it seemed…

Month 8 – August

Did you ever have a moment in your childhood when one of your friend’s parents were being really cool or a teacher became a true mentor or you just bonded with an adult in a way you never had with your own parents, and in your childish mind, you thought, “Why can’t they be my…

Month 7 – July

Anyone else out there have physician anxiety? See, I have issues with doctors. And hospitals. And needles, and tests, and being poked and prodded and talked down to and charged an arm and a leg for it. I have avoided professional medical help with great success pretty much my whole life. I don’t even like…

Month 6 – June (Part 2)

Apparently, despite the fact that I was cruising through this pregnancy with no complications, getting on a real cruise ship while pregnant is, well… complicated. It had never occurred to me that pregnant women are restricted from various forms of travel as they get closer to their due date. No one mentioned it to me….

Month 6 – June (Part 1)

If I was naming these segments something more interesting, I would call this one “Cruising Through Pregnancy: Figuratively and Literally.” Clever. Anyway, I’ve split this one into Part 1 and Part 2 because it ended up being really long. Lord knows I’ve got a lot to say. Once you’ve worked on cruise ships, going on…

Month 5 – May

You expect it to be a rollercoaster of emotions and struggles and trials. Nine months of constant ups and downs. But it turns out that nine months is a really long time, filled with day-to-day tasks and worries and distractions and joys. You go to work, you hang out with friends, you pursue your hobbies,…

Month 4 – April

April was about people. Telling people what was going on, that is. I had informed my younger brother and sister of the news in March, but now struggled with whether I should tell the rest of my large family prior to my sister’s wedding or after. By the end of the month, I would barely…

Month 3 – March

There’s no denying it: I am a workaholic. I was raised to understand and appreciate the relationship between hard work and the reward of independence, so I guess technically, I love independence, and I accept that I’m only going to get there through a buttload of work. I remember wishing I could work when I…