liam’s birth story : part one

January 28, 2014

I intended to write this story all in one go, but it was such a crazy whirlwind experience (and in some ways traumatic) that I am still processing a lot of it and am quite fuzzy on some of the details. So as I work out what really happened and talk to some people about what they remember, I wanted to start writing the early parts that I am clear on while they are somewhat fresh. *** The last good picture of me pregnant, at 37.5 weeks. It started on Thursday, January 16. I was 38 weeks pregnant exactly. I went to work like any other day, but this day I felt especially tired and achy right from the beginning….
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maternity leave to-do list

January 27, 2014

I love making goals. I’ve done them yearly, monthly, with other time limits (like the 101 in 1001), and with no time limits. All kinds inspire and work for me, but I also know when to cut back because I don’t like setting unrealistic expectations. This year I am considering seasonal goals starting in the spring, but first I have maternity leave! There is a lot of recovering and adjusting going on so far, but I know I won’t be in pain for too much longer and with Meredith going to daycare most days I should have more time than I am used to. Here is what I want to accomplish before heading back to work: The current state of…
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transitioning

January 22, 2014

We are a family of four now. We’re home and settling in and everything is a bit surreal. David…is home this week with me until Friday, which will be my first day alone. I know he is struggling internally with a lot of anxiety about having two kids, but he is also incredibly proud and excited. When we first got home it was so cute to see him immediately call the dogs over to show off the baby. He’s also been trying to convince any of his friends (including my brother!) who are trying to decide whether or not to have kids that it is worth it. In addition, he and Meredith have already become way closer. During her inevitable…
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he’s here

January 20, 2014

Liam Christopher was born on Friday, January 17 at 4:29 a.m. He was 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 20 inches, and two weeks early! We spent the weekend in the hospital but are now home settling in as a family of four. So happy! Much more to come. :) 1 Like

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meredith lately

January 15, 2014

If you guessed that she picked out every piece of this outfit herself, you would be right. I’m also proud of the genuine smile in the last photo because these days she is very into saying “cheese” for pictures which results in a facial expression like the one up top. While we were in the bath and she was washing my tummy… Me: Do you think baby brother is getting too big to live in my tummy? Meredith: Baby brudder share my room? Me: That’s right, he will. Meredith: Baby brudder wear biders (diapers)? Me: Yes he will. Meredith: Baby brudder nurse mommy? Me: You’re right, he will. Meredith: Um…maybe baby brudder nurse daddy. After I had caught her with marker all over her arms, shirt, and the…
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