Ten Tips for Expectant Parents

A friend of mine is pregnant for the first time, and my husband and I have been inundating her and her husband with lots of suggestions....more

Warnings to New Parents

A friend of mine is expecting her first child, and I’m reminded of many things I wish I'd known before I became a parent. ...more

The Things We Think About During Labor and Delivery

My sister calls her husband back who has finally found my hospital list. I feel bad, because I know it's going to take him a while to pack my bag. Let me explain. Last night, when I was experiencing leaking, I started getting my things together. What I mean by that is I began throwing things that I might need into a suitcase, without much thought behind how much I was packing. Before I knew it, the suitcase was overflowing...and yes, I knew I would only be in the hospital a couple of days, but I wanted to be prepared....more

Choosing a Doctor

We all remember the movie, Knocked Up when Katherine Heigl visits several doctors and after finally choosing one, he is on vacation when she goes into labor.  Of course, she ends up being stuck with the one doctor that she despises. Maybe you already have a fabulous doctor that you have been seeing for years, but for those of us that do not have a doctor practicing obstetrics it is back to square one....more

Can you plan for your birth?

Beth got a recommendation from a friend for an OB-GYN. This doctor was a part of her HMO network and she felt great about finding a really nice and attentive doctor so easily. Beth was following all his advice from limiting her caffeine intake to the frequency of appointments to what hospital to use for her delivery. The process felt great and easy to Beth. She appreciated the time her doctor took to answer her questions directly and thoroughly....more

Finally My Answer Part 2

The next day, Monday, he says he will come over that night. When I call him after work and he says he will leave in a couple of hours to head toward my place. As the time passes, I text him to find out when he will be over….and he never arrives. The next day comes, and he says he misses me and wants to see me, so he is definitely coming over. He never does....more

Unexpected: Making Decisions for Me or Three?

A huge sigh of relief washes over me… and as soon as I feel the pressure release in my shoulders, something rushes over me. I’m thrust from the couch, as though I was just launched from a human rocket, and sprint to the bathroom. I barely make it to the toilet before I see my lunch floating on top and sinking to the bottom… and not realizing that this uneasiness is foreshadowing for the weeks to come.I text Jason the next day, and I don’t receive a reply. I feel like I’m in déjà vu. This can’t seriously be happening again to me. What was I thinking?...more
I really enjoyed reading this and definitely want to know more. Life has a way of stepping in at ...more

Embracing the Tiger

  I’ve got to be honest. I’ve been rather lackadaisical about this second pregnancy. I mean, getting preggers again after only 18 months since Em’s birth has made me feel pretty “been there, done that” about this whole thing. I’ve actually felt quite guilty about my lack of nervousness and anticipation....more
Thank you, Laine! I can't believe it is only 10 weeks away either, but I'd give my right arm for ...more

In The Face of Fear