remembering cleo

February 11, 2014

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to our sweet dog Cleo. It came as a huge surprise and we are still in shock. She was about nine years old and seemed very healthy, but had been throwing up for a few days. She has a sensitive stomach in general so I didn’t worry much until yesterday she was still not keeping down even water and was very lethargic, so I took her to the vet. They did an x-ray and told us that first, she had a pellet in her abdomen (like from a pellet gun, most likely swallowed) but it was unclear exactly where it was because second, there was a whole lot of inflammation which probably indicated a…
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liam’s birth story : part two

February 10, 2014

Part one *** It’s around 2:30 a.m. on January 17, I’m finally in a real L&D room, everyone is in agreement that I actually am going to have a baby pretty soon, and I am delirious with pain.┬áMy parents arrived and I had my mom push on my lower back to provide counter pressure and that was the only thing providing any kind of relief. David finally made it there too shortly after, and I was vaguely aware of his presence and comforted by it. Somewhere during this time my water broke, which was a horribly strange feeling and it sent stabbing pains through my groin and abdomen, increasing the pain everywhere. Although I had been begging for an epidural…
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Posted in: motherhood, liam's birth story

thoughts on a birthday

February 5, 2014

Today is my birthday, I am 32 years old. So I’m giving myself the gift of a completely random blog post. Here I am right now: I have a cute baby. A fun and adorable toddler who is at school right now. An awesome, supportive husband. A close extended family and the best in-laws. I love my job, and I also love that I’m on break from it right now. I have it good. And yet this morning I was crying in the shower. Why? Hormones have to do with it. Meredith screaming all morning didn’t help. Taking this blood pressure medication that gives me frequent headaches and fatigue is throwing me off my game. Postpartum depression? I don’t know….
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recent things i love

February 4, 2014

The Wet Brush – I don’t like to condition my hair more than once a week, but that means that any time I shower in between conditionings my hair is kind of a beast to brush through when it’s wet. I used to skip showers just so that I wouldn’t have to deal with it. (Now I just skip them because…eh. Don’t need a good reason.) This brush really does make it a lot easier. It doesn’t get the tangles out on the first pass through or anything, but it doesn’t make me want to hack off my hair or arm, either. Aden + Anais muslin blankets – Everyone says these are the best so I finally shelled out for…
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quick takes

January 31, 2014

one The first month postpartum is just the worst for clothes. You still have a pooch, your boobs are suddenly huge, you have to wear something you can easily nurse in, you don’t want to wear something that makes you look pregnant, if you had a C-section most pants hurt your incision, and none of your old clothes fit yet. Thank goodness I rarely have to go out of the house. I’ve settled mostly on maxi skirts and loose button-down shirts for now, but here’s the outfit I wore today which includes neither of those things. two Liam is doing great. He’s still calm and quiet and fairly undemanding. Even when he’s hungry he just grunts and squirms a little….
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