The Baby Business

I am almost 31 weeks pregnant; deep in the throes of organizing my “nest” and feeling possessed to clean out, purchase, and get everything ready before little Sophie Leona Holguin arrives into this world. It is definitely the mark of the third trimester beast: get your home in order because you might not ever have…

Baby Registry 101

It’s that time – registry time. I will be 5 1/2 months pregnant on Monday, and Sophie has an empty nursery. Every time I walk into the slate blue/gray room, with the 12 foot ceilings and large window, I am calm. I open her closet and see the few onesies hanging there – gifts from…

Dear Sophie…

January 12, 2012 Dear Sophie, I met you today, as a wand with warm goo brought you into my sight… and you were easily the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Your little face with the tipped up nose and tiny lips. You, with your fisted hands and strong legs, and the brilliant fish scalelike…

Home Sweet Home

Today marks a new beginning. We can argue that everyday we have new beginnings. We wake up, the slate is wiped clean, and we choose our paths. Go to work or rebel. Follow the list or chuck it. Finally take that vacation or keep dreaming for years on end. This beginning is a bit more…

Brownies and Road Trips: Two of My Favorite Things

Yesterday was one of those days. It started as I popped Neruda’s metal dish into the microwave. From there, the day quickly spiraled out of control, from miscommunication with clients to idiot drivers to melting chocolate on the stove in my usual glass bowl, only to have the entire bottom of the glass bowl break…

The Baby Blues

I am 16 weeks today. Officially 4 months pregnant – a month in which, for some uncalculated reason, seems to mean that I am “really” pregnant and haven’t just been bloated and growing boobs for the past four months. While most mothers are getting that radiant glow and gaining energy, I seem to be slipping…

Eating for 2, Not 22

I never count calories. As a teen, I would laboriously count calories, plucking grapes self-consciously at lunch and counting up the numbers in my head. After years of torturing myself with eating improperly, I became certified in nutrition and got a handle on what my body needs. I can’t remember the last time I counted…

Someone To Be Thankful For

While Alex was at an interview yesterday, I ran to the store to gather our Thanksgiving groceries. We are hosting Turkey Day for his family and are introducing them to their first vegan Thanksgiving (Tofurkey not included). As I weaved in and out of the aisles, the scent of Christmas trees abundant, I gathered produce…

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pregnancy

Today, I awoke bright and early at 6:00a.m. Due to the pouring rain, my clients were cancelled, but I immediately jumped on work, made my buckwheat blender pancakes, and began a steady stream of typing. Around noon, I felt insanely tired and decided to take a short nap and go work out. Making a quick…