Birth story haikus!

Baby #6, ready for football season.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I still haven’t found the hundreds of hours I’d need to chronicle the entire saga of the pregnancy, birth, and NICU stay of baby #6, and I have no idea when I will, so that means it’s time to do some more birth story haikus! It’s been over two years since the last round,… [Continue Reading]

Empowered birth

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My male readers saw this title and thought, “Oh, no, chick talk!” Sorry, guys. To make it up to you, here’s a link to pictures of the 10 greatest moments in the NFL. Anyway, quite a few friends who are pregnant with their first children have been asking me about childbirth, so I thought… [Continue Reading]

Answering your questions: Part I

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Here are the answers to the first few of the questions to this post: Q: “How in the world do you have time to blog with all your kids?” – Kimberly A: This is the #1 most frequent question I get. Heck, sometimes I look at my archives and ask myself that question. Here’s… [Continue Reading]

Coumadin, clotting disorders and contraception — oh my!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I saw my hematologist last week and he reminded me of something that I can’t believe I’d forgotten about: that the whole Coumadin issue is going to be on the table again as soon as the baby’s born. For those of you who missed the fun last time (some highlights here and here), just… [Continue Reading]

Coming out – Part II

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Though the final decision about my faith may not have fully been made in my head (though it’s close), it’s been made in my heart for quite some time now. As I’ve said before, when I try to picture myself going any route other than becoming Catholic I get stuck. I literally can’t imagine… [Continue Reading]

Coming out – Part I

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail What I can’t figure out is why that has to be found out on a blog instead of from the hemotologist? Um…still not getting why heparin and/or lovenox is not an option here? I think you should be able to find a hematologist who will work with your using NFP. These excerpts from the… [Continue Reading]

Calling all Catholic hematologists

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail An update on the Coumadin/contraception issue… I had the big visit with the hematologist this morning (if you don’t know the story behind that, I first wrote about it here and here). It’s the follow-up visit I was waiting on to decide whether or not to switch doctors. And we have a verdict on… [Continue Reading]

Two steps back

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail First of all, thanks for all the comments to the last post. And don’t worry about leaving comments with your opinions about medical issues, picturing me being rushed into the ER on a gurney screaming, “But my blog readers told me to stop taking my medicine!” Any decisions I make will be based on… [Continue Reading]

NFP and Coumadin: A dilemma

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I have an interesting dilemma on my hands and I want to hear your thoughts… Since I’ve been diagnosed with the crazy clotting gene, that in the unlikeliest of events I inherited from both of my parents, I am going to be treated intensely with blood thinners. I’m currently taking two different kinds. The… [Continue Reading]

So many blessings

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail So I went back to the hematologist today for a quick follow-up visit to make sure we’re all on the same page for the birth, confirm that all the blood tests he did were negative for anything weird, check my blood thinner dosage, etc. But things didn’t go according to plan when he said… [Continue Reading]