On planning babies: Jen from seven years ago talks with Simcha Fisher


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Seven years ago, I found myself in a place of great upheaval. I was in the middle of a profound religious conversion and found myself in a no-man’s land, adrift from my old belief system, yet not fully integrated into my new one. Around that time that I came across a small blog by… [Continue Reading]

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


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]

Coming home


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Great news: The baby is on track to come home late Thursday night! We’re thrilled. We still don’t understand what caused the tearing in his lungs when he was first born; the doctors think it was either underdeveloped lungs (which would be weird since we induced past the 38 week mark) or pneumonia or… [Continue Reading]

Prayers for baby


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Our sweet little baby Joseph Thomas arrived yesterday The Feast of the Annunciation 7 lbs. 4 oz., 19 inches long Unfortunately, he has some breathing problems (unrelated to my medical issues) that mean that he requires NICU care, and is now being transferred to a NICU at a different hospital with better facilities. Even more… [Continue Reading]

Because why even have a blog if you can’t write chatty posts while stuck in the hospital?

Hospital bling, part 1

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m sitting in my hospital room and have about 18 hours to kill until anything noteworthy occurs, so I thought I’d do a brain dump of updates for those of you playing along at home (if one more crazy thing happens I half expect to hear someone shout, “BINGO!”). Here’s what’s new: – As… [Continue Reading]

Five Faves, and another convo with my doctor (I’ve really got to stop calling this guy)

Me...reading a book about cocktails...at eight months pregnant...during Holy Week

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail –> I’m guest hosting the Five Favorites meme over at Hallie’s place today, so come join me over there! <– Five Favorites (hosted by Hallie, originally the brainchild of blogging mastermind BooMama) is where bloggers share five of their most helpful discoveries — the items could be anything from products to prayers to TV… [Continue Reading]

Fun stuff to read while I get stabbed in the neck

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I finally talked to the doctor who’s going to do The Insane-O Vein Procedure. Here’s how that went: Doctor: Tell me a bit about your history with clotting. Me: [I tell him about my genetic clotting disorder (Factor II, homozygous), how it’s exacerbated by pregnancy, how I had a deep vein thrombosis in 2006,… [Continue Reading]

To the ladies who sent me that quilt


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A couple of weeks ago, a beautiful quilt arrived in the mail. And this wasn’t just any quilt: it was a prayer quilt, handmade by a group of ladies who specifically prayed for me while they were created it. Look at how beautiful it is: The attached label said it was from the prayer… [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]