Category Archives: birth

Letters to Charlie: On Your Second Birthday

My sweet boy, Wow. It’s been two years since we first looked into each other’s eyes; two years since I first held you in my arms and nuzzled your tiny, newborn nose. How much we’ve both grown since then! Today … Continue reading

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Charlie’s First Birthday

Through the fog of sleep, I heard it: A tap-tap-tapping, just on the edge of consciousness. I opened my eyes to a pre-dawn, dark bedroom. Tap-tap-tap, it went again. What the heck…? And then, realization. Fuck. It’s raining. I turned … Continue reading

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Labor Day

In honor of the 23 hours Charlie and I spent in labor this year, today we’re going to snooze.

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Our Birth Story, Part 4

So, the epidural. Getting the epidural was TOUGH, but ultimately worth it. The process took about 20 minutes. They make you hunch over your gigantic, contracting uterus at the edge of the bed, which should be added somewhere as a … Continue reading

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Our Birth Story, Part 3

So, I’m in natural labor. Hells to the yes. Midwife wanders in about 12:30 a.m. to see if I’ve dilated since my water broke. Nope. Cervix is still closed for business (which confuses me; how did all that water get … Continue reading

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Our Birth Story, Part 2

About 15 minutes later, we meet what is the first of two-dozen nurses that will assist me during labor, delivery, and recovery. She has me put on one of those sexy hospital gowns and get into bed. It’s 9:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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Our Birth Story, Part 1

Well, today Charlie turns one week old. It’s been the most amazing, rewarding, terrifying, and difficult week of my life. Waiting for Induction We were scheduled for our induction on Friday. They said to call at 8:30 for a time to … Continue reading

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