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]

Never say never, and other thoughts on having more kids

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Some folks have asked if my doctors are putting pressure on me not to have more children. I usually respond with a sound like hoooooo-ho-ho-hooooo (which is not supposed to be a sound like what Santa says, but rather a hearty laugh to indicate, YOU HAVE NO IDEA). The doctors have said this before,… [Continue Reading]

A meditation on the shocking idea that maybe we’re actually not just lazy whiners

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When Joe first saw me in the hospital, he said I reminded him of this scene from Office Space:. I had tubes in my nose, a 16-gauge IV in my hand that was causing me constant pain, had just received a daunting diagnosis that left me with a ton of questions about both my… [Continue Reading]

A few thoughts on my birthday

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Today is my birthday. I turn 36. Not only have I now passed the halfway point of my thirties, but it’s a brand new year, I just had a brush with a medical condition that is often fatal, and my whole life has been turned upside down by my recovery. So, as you can… [Continue Reading]

Quick update

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Hi, friends. Dashing off a quick note from my tablet to let you know what’s new: The good news is that the path forward is clear now. The bad news is that it’s a lot longer of a path than I thought it would be. The details: I’m still in the hospital, but will… [Continue Reading]

Update from the hospital

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Hi, everyone! As you may have heard, on Wednesday I was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms. I was hospitalized and released last night, but am unfortunately back in the hospital now, with no idea when I’ll be released this time. Joe and I both wanted to apologize that we haven’t replied to many of the kind… [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]

Openness to life – in theory and in practice

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve talked a lot on this blog about the contraception aspect of converting to Catholicism. Before I discovered the Church I’d never even thought twice about it. I didn’t even know that anyone was seriously against it anymore. I thought that it was one of those things like water and air that we all… [Continue Reading]