A Nursing Story

Two hours after Julianna was born, I was chomping at the bit, feeling irritable that they hadn’t brought her in for her first nursing, and trying to be patient. Then, of course, the doctor came in with the news of her chromosomal giftedness, and I don’t remember a whole lot after that. I think we…

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WFMW: Weight Loss (Real and perceived)

Ah, it’s that time of year again. Carbo heaven in November, cookie kingdom all through December; cream cheese-laden appetizers and desserts, multiple family feasts…and even as we gorge our way through the holidays, we cringe inwardly, knowing that there is a price to pay for all that richness. It’s January when everybody gets “serious” about…

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Stir Up Your Power

Advent. It’s a time of new beginning, a time of expectation of great things. I want to be renewed, God, but I’m so worn down right now, I’m having trouble being thankful, despite all my efforts to adjust my attitude to match the holiday we just celebrated. At times like these, I am so painfully…

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The Strike Is O’er

Hallelu–jah, Hallelu–jah, Hallelu–jah! In the early morning gloom, I sat in my nursing chair beside the window and said a prayer before gently, oh so gently, drawing Nicholas down into nursing position. When he opened his mouth and began to nurse, I almost cried. Six squares of dawn crept up the wall, brightening from rose…

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Letters to my Children, Part 3

Dear Nicholas, In some ways, it is much harder to write this third letter than the first two. For one thing, five a.m. came far too early this morning, and I’m having trouble thinking clearly. But mostly it’s because babyhood is a time of great simplicity, and virtually your entire life still stretches out before…

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A Kid Moment

Scene: Overland Park Arboretum, my cousin’s baby shower Time: mid-afternoon nursing KATE retreats to a park bench out under some trees, a little removed from the family and friends opening baby gifts, and covers up to nurse Nicholas. Heedless of privacy, NOAH COPPLE AND COUSINS come running over. NOAH yanks the blanket back. “Aunt Kate!”…

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Breastfeeding and cancer

This week, CBS “discovered” that breastfeeding cuts the risk of breast cancer: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/08/11/earlyshow/health/main5232807.shtml In all fairness, this is a new study, but still, we’ve been hearing this in NFP circles for years. The past two weeks have been the busiest of the entire summer–I’ve been running from one appt. to another, culminating in a drive…

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Confessions of a Stay-at-home Mom

I am omnipresent in Nicholas’s world. Throughout the day his bright little eyes remain fixed on me, following me from one side of the kitchen to the other, until I sit down beside him, or put him on my lap to nurse. Then, secure in the knowledge that Mommy is nearby, he turns his attention…

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Ah, Nicholas

Since returning from NPM, my baby boy has become a demanding child. By which I mean to say, he wants to be held ALL THE TIME. While we were away, just the two of us, it was a Heaven-sent opportunity to bond. Back in the real world…it’s kind of a pain in the you-know-what. I…

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