A Bradley method labor, finally

I finally got the labor I wanted. This time around, I was more prepared. I found a midwife instead of a regular obgyn, so that I’d have someone to guide me through every step of the labor. When I had back pains and groin pains and round ligament pains, I went to see a chiropractor. …

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Placenta encapsulation

Yes. I thought it was gross too. Primarily because what I knew was based on images of people blending fresh placenta into smoothies for a refreshing drink. Or people cooking the placenta and eating it like a delicacy. Nasty nasty.  But when CS mentioned it this pregnancy and said it’s a practice that’s been around …

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Big brother

We’ve never seen him really jealous around other kids. But there’s always some anxiety about how they’ll react and whether they’ll be ok with the newest arrival. Luckily, Ollie has been really sweet and curious of this little bunny. He’s loving having a new baby around and even the late night cries don’t seem to …

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Easter 2015

Because God knows when #2 is gonna finally make his appearance. Because I’ve been wary lately of Ollie losing his status as my favorite son. We took him to see the Easter Bunny, to try to savor these last few moments of only child-dom. And what do you know. He even high-fived the “big bunny”. Like …

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Big boy milestones

Lately, it feels like every weekend has been one breakthrough or another, which is crazy and awesome. This weekend, we had two. Breakthrough #1 Public toilets! He was resistant at first, wriggling to get off and insisting, “no no no!” but once he saw the stream come out, he’d clap and say, “wow wow wow yay!” It …

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Potty Training Update

We are now on Week 3 of Operation Bye Bye Diapers, and let me tell you, it is no easy task trying to keep your (overly) active toddler indoors for a week straight in just his undies all day long,  explaining that no, he’s no longer allowed on the sofa or anything hard to wash for the …

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First black eye

It’s been an eventful few weeks. I didn’t anticipate that it would include his first shiner. This is what happens when you have a lil man who loves jumping and falling. To my dismay, he did this last night against the table corner… Like this:Like Loading…

Potty Training

I always viewed potty training as this last, scary, unknown frontier, something I was naturally wary of. I got everything —  extra crib sheet protectors, 20+ new undies, potty chair, toilet seat converter for toddlers, potty books for ollie, potty books for me, and, the creme de la creme…a peeing doll.  $46 for a stupid doll …

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OG’s first month, a look back

At week 32, I’m nearing the final stretch with baby #2. I find myself looking back, a way of bracing myself for the chaos, I suppose. So when I found my notes from the first month with Ollie, I couldn’t help but laugh (and cringe). I literally shuddered at the thought of those early days. But …

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