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Video of my sweet baby

Posted on December 7, 2013

I miss you.

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Medication abortion

Posted on October 5, 2013

I decided to have a medication induced abortion rather than a surgical abortion.  A choice between a medication abortion and a surgical abortion is typically given if the pregnancy is no longer than 9 gestational weeks along…

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Catching up

Posted on October 4, 2013

I have so much material to write about.  However, I am sick with multiple illnesses at this time.  Both my son and I contracted a cold.  My son has recovered, but I have not.  The congestion moved into my lungs…

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Long time, no write

So, it has been a while.  Things have gotten busy over here.  I would have posted sooner, but Monkey Man is having a reaction to his vaccinations and morning sickness hit me like a bus…

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Decisions

So, I have done nothing for two days except ruminate about my problems and have lots of extra on-the-floor playtime with Monkey Man.  The house is in a shambles, I have no clean clothes as of yesterday, and I’ve been…

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My mind (body?) was playing tricks on me

Today, I went to a clinic to have a pregnancy test to provide proof of pregnancy for Medicaid and to schedule an ultrasound.  They had an opening for the ultrasound at 2 pm today, so I took it.  What I found out resulting…

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Questions to ask when hiring a doula

This will be my first time hiring a doula.  And I use the term “hire” loosely at this point, since I do not currently know if I will be able to pay one.  However, the few I have spoken with so far sound delightful, helpful, and understanding…

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An announcement

Monkey Man went to sleep at 6:20 tonight, woo!  Let’s hope he stays asleep LOL.

Anyway, back to the bigger announcement: I am pregnant.  I was not expecting to get pregnant, and in fact was considering

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Small success, small defeat

Today’s little success:  A thirty minute nap!  Woo!  I felt so refreshed and was more productive than I had been in days.  I even halfway cleaned the house.  Sleep is way underrated…

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Sleep, again

I think my brain is fried.

My Monkey Man has insisted on going to bed and waking up at different times for a while now, making my sleep very unpredictable.  I am not sure what is…

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About Mistress Sleep

Posted on August 31, 2013

Even though I made peace with Sleep last night, I am harboring a little resentment towards Sleep tonight.  Today is the eighth or ninth consecutive day I have not gotten enough sleep, and it really is starting to wear on me…

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A conversation with Sleep

Posted on August 30, 2013

Sleep.  Oh, how I miss thee.  When will you become my friend again?  I really enjoyed my time with you a few years ago, and it’s about time we got back together.  Oh.  I see.  You can’t come here?  Well why not?…

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The importance of trust

Posted on August 24, 2013

Any good relationship with another human being has a foundation of trust.  Without trust, no relationship can thrive, whether that relationship is with a spouse, a friend, a teacher, or a child.

Trust, especially within a family…

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Weaning

Posted on August 23, 2013

I may get a little judgmental in this post.  But wait, I already am in most.

Many American mothers have problems breastfeeding and quit as a result of the problems or the stress related to those problems.  I am not talking about those mothers…

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Gender perspectives

Posted on August 22, 2013

Here in America, males are perceived as dominant, tough, macho.  Females are supposed to act quiet, submissive, soft, and emotional.  I think gender stereotypes are somewhat bullshit, especially because of the…

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Depression and anxiety, of the postpartum variety or not

Posted on August 21, 2013
I apologize for the hiatus from writing for a few days, but life got crazy.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand.

Postpartum depression or anxiety, or clinical depression and anxiety, are sometimes overlooked or dismissed as the “baby blues”, or the consequences of bad luck.  Both can be devastating and render a mother non-functional…

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Patience

Posted on August 18, 2013

Patience is so difficult to grasp, so fleeting when you do, but so required for raising a child.  It is probably the most important aspect in raising children, and probably the hardest characteristic or emotional state to maintain…

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To create independence, or to let it happen?

Posted on August 18, 2013

In some western cultures, like the United States, there exists a big push for independence early on in children’s lives.  Expecting independence at six months old is unrealistic, and yet common.  Many parents expect their children to sleep, unaided…

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Where did all the children go?

Posted on August 17, 2013

Growing up, I remember countless hours spent outside, playing with a sand box, a swing set, or biking, swimming, walking the dog, climbing trees, jumping on a trampoline, riding a scooter, etc.  I currently live in an apartment complex…

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Why many mothers feel unappreciated

Posted on August 17, 2013

One of the most common things I heard from my mother when I was growing up was “you don’t appreciate me” or “you don’t appreciate the things I do for you.”  I think many mothers feel this way about their children.  I even heard my mother-in-law…

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Formula by prescription only

Posted on August 16, 2013

I have, what some may consider, a radical view about infant formula.  I believe that formula should be available by prescription only.  This would benefit all children and families in the long run.

How, you say?…

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Self-imposed ignorance in America

Posted on August 16, 2013

In most of my concluding paragraphs, there seems to be a theme: many American mothers do not properly educate themselves about the birth process or caring for a baby/child.  When a woman knows a significant…

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Risks of induction of labor

Posted on August 15, 2013

Americans are not very patient, are we?  So many mothers get a little too antsy about getting their babies out of their bellies.  It is, after all, natural to want the baby to be out, or otherwise no mother would want to give birth.  But…

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Infant circumcision in the United States

Posted on August 14, 2013

I am thrilled to say that circumcision rates in the U.S. have declined in the last couple of decades.  On the other hand, it is incredible circumcision is still being performed on our newborn sons, given the amount of evidence that it is…

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Perceptions and benefits of extended breastfeeding

Posted on August 13, 2013

As I mentioned in a previous post, even though it is biologically normal to feed babies for two and a half to seven years, only nine percent of mothers are still breastfeeding their babies at eighteen months of age.  I could not find any statistics…

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Breastfeeding in the beginning

Posted on August 11, 2013

The benefits of breastfeeding are somewhat debated in the sense that some studies have inflated the outcomes and make breastfeeding look more healthy for the baby than it really is.  On the other hand, it is still common knowledge…

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Top five bogus reasons a cesarean section is performed

Posted on August 10, 2013

It would be much more convenient if all births happened on a specific date and during a specific time. That is how OB/GYN’s (and some midwives) like it. There is a myriad of excuses or false reasons why…

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Discipline vs. respect

Posted on August 9, 2013

Respect for children.  Where has it gone?  When I was growing up, and today, children are treated as less than, not entirely human. The law (in Texas) supports…

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The hindsight is 20/20 wishlist

Posted on August 8, 2013

Thinking back to before I gave birth, I thought I knew everything there is to know about how to give birth “naturally” (there are several meanings to the word “natural” in this context, and the one I am referring to is without any…

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The poor factor

Posted on August 8, 2013

Money influences all, right?  So why should it not influence the care (or lack thereof) while pregnant and giving birth?  Without socialized healthcare reform, a person’s wealth determines the access…

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Expectations of infant sleep. Why are they so out of whack?

Posted on August 7, 2013

I recently read of a woman having her three week old infant “cry-it-out” in order for the baby to sleep through the night.  When I heard that, well, to put it frankly, it gave me the urge…

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The McDonaldization of birth and the effects on society

Posted on August 6, 2013

It seems America has found a way to make birth into an assembly line process.  I’ll give an example:

You go to the hospital in labor…

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