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Newborn

The week I went on a mono-diet

Alden’s tummy troubles are intense, you guys. Like, zero to sixty in half a second, straightening out like a board, painful scrunched eyebrows, farts you can hear across the house, intense. Poor little guy. It’s so challenging that my pediatrician recommended I eliminate dairy for while, and anything else I eat regularly. So I thought […]

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Newborn

The liminal fourth trimester

This time of the fourth trimester–the three months after baby has arrived but is still quite in need of a womb–is quite timeless. It strikes me that we adults wish and hope that a newborn will just fit into our routine and the lives we created, when really, they are huge forces of nature that […]

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Newborn

All through the night

All through the nightI’ll be awake, and I’ll be with youAll through the nightThis precious time, when time is newOh, all through the night todayKnowing that we feel the same without saying We have no past, we won’t reach backKeep with me forward all through the nightAnd once we start, the meter clicksAnd it goes […]

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Newborn Pregnancy

On the night you were born

I had just picked my family up from the airport. It was the night of the Winter Solstice, and it was raining in Seattle. An hour prior, I had held a small ceremony with my husband and son, Slone, in honor of this special night. We had honored the dark, welcomed the light, feasted and […]

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Pregnancy

The last big rest

My last week of pregnancy was my 38th, but I didn’t know it then. What I knew was that I was tired. I was having sharp pain in my groin when I walked, which they call “lightening pain,” or when the baby gets so low they start to hit all kinds of nerves down there. […]