Meeting of the Moms

Today, I decided to take Sophie to a MOM group, despite my reservations (based on my previous experience). I feel like Sophie could benefit for numerous reasons: 1. It’s important for her to get other kid stimulation. A great way to learn! 2. Doing outdoor activities is better for her lungs! 3. I am going…

Eating My Words… And Vegetables

I don’t like to admit when I’m wrong. Before I entered the baby sphere, people told me all sorts of things. I took their words of “wisdom” with a grain of salt, as I do with most advice, instead knowing that our baby would be different. Our baby would sleep by herself through the night from birth. Our baby would never…

My Third Trimester

It has finally arrived. The start of the last trimester… the home stretch, the “transition” from being pregnant to becoming a mother. The countdown has begun. And I couldn’t be more excited. After a whirlwind weekend in Nashville (where we postponed our trip a day due to tornadoes), we flew in at the crack of…

The 27 Week Itch

I am a little over 27 weeks pregnant – potentially 13 left to go. As I ruminate over this pregnancy, I marvel at its strength, swiftness, snail pace, fragility, and ability to consume my life in just a little under seven months’ time. I haven’t paid attention to numbers this much since grade school, when…

Pregnancy Nutrition 101

Pregnant women like to eat – and they often like to eat a lot. I always like to remind myself that I am eating for 1.1, not two. I’ve marveled at how my appetite has actually stayed in check (but yet my belly keeps growing and growing as if I’m feeding her 3,000 calories per…

Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven

Yesterday marked my 6 month (24 week check-up) at the doc. Before I went to Northwestern, I had a good workout (though, admittedly, it’s getting harder to breathe) and feasted on the following: oatmeal, blueberries, chia seeds, agave nectar, and sunflower butter. In a word: yum. Over the weekend, I met with Agate Publishing about…

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…

The Truth About Pregnancy

As I was sitting at my perch today, pecking away at keys and forcing myself not to get on Facebook or check email but to finish my articles and work on some fiction, I was hit with some “truths” about pregnancy. Truths that no one necessarily tells you, and truths that no one really discusses…

‘Tis The Season

As the holidays come to a close, I am looking ahead to the new year and all the changes it will bring. Driving back home yesterday, I was disjointed: part of me longed to stay in Nashville, snuggled up in blankets, breathing fresh air, sitting by the fire and taking long walks around my parents’…

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…