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]

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

prayer-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]

A few other things I learned from my month o’ doom

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m now entering week 10,000 of this pregnancy, with only 40,000 more days to go until the April due date! (I don’t have a calendar handy, so that’s just a guesstimate.) Also, I just found out that I’m seriously anemic, which will help me fill out my “Blood-Related Issues that Make You Feel Like… [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]

I need blog recommendations

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I can’t do much right now. One of the surprising side effects of my condition is that I am extremely easily overwhelmed. My brain seems to be operating at about 60% of capacity, maybe as an oxygen-preserving measure? I can — and am in fact supposed to — get up and walk around occasionally,… [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]