The Name Game

The kids are in bed, the TV is off, but we’re sitting on opposite sides of the table, me typing furiously on the NEO, Christian shuffling iPhone, bills and checkbook. I sigh irritably. This is not how we should be spending a Saturday evening. I’m tired. Really I just want to sleep. But now that…

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What I Will Miss About Pregnancy

 I’ve reached that point in pregnancy now where I just want it to be over, where it’s all too easy to think only of how miserable it is. This is the point for which I wrote my advice on being pregnant with grace. So today I’m going to come up with ten things I love…

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When It’s Time To Say, “Enough”

In natural family planning circles, there are certain words you’re not supposed to say. Like: “This is the last baby.” The very definition of openness to God’s will is that you never close off the possibility of another child, that you should be asking instead, “Is this month a good month to try to conceive,…

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Too Much Of A Good Thing (a Unisom story)

I should have known it couldn’t last. Frankly, I didn’t even really believe it would work. After all, I wasn’t actually taking it to help me sleep…though Heaven knows, I could use it! No, this little blue (generic) (Walgreen’s) pill was part of a cocktail to ease third trimester nausea. I didn’t want to drug…

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7 Quick Takes, vol. 148

___1___ 31 weeks, and…am I still running?…I don’t really know, because I haven’t been able to exercise since Monday. I did run on Monday. Does that count? ___2___ Yesterday I was asked twice how I’m feeling this late-pregnancy, and I realized I haven’t acknowledged something important: I am doing much better this time than last. I would…

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Baby Magic, volume 2

The magical thing about waiting for a baby is the anticipation of falling in love all over again. But the thing I wasn’t expecting is this: the magic of watching my children fall in love, too. Alex is 6 ½ years old now, old enough to sit around drawing during natural family planning classes, which…

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7 Quick Takes, vol. 147

__1__ Pregnancy update: At 30 weeks, I’m still running. Although it hardly qualifies anymore. I’m also (finally) having Braxton-Hicks. I’ve been wondering when they were going to show up; seems like it came on a lot earlier last time. Not that it matters, as I’m a surgery girl. ___2___ It’s also officially impossible to find a comfortable position to…

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Just Before You Start

“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.” Stephen King You know what already worries me about my upcoming C-section? I’m terrified of the back shot. You’d think repetition would inure me to the experience. But I’m so ticklish. What if I jump at the wrong moment…

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7QT: The Third Trimester Edition

___1___ Believe it or not, even before Simcha stole my thunder, I had been planning on doing a Quick Takes-Pregnancy edition this week. I can prove it. I’ve been writing notes in my calendar all week for it. But if we’re comparing Simcha to me, I need to be honest: mine is not funny. Hers…

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7 Quick Takes, Vol. 142

___1___ It’s been so long since we got to experience it, I forgot how much I love the learning-to-talk stage. Nicholas is just adorable. “It too toe in da pool,” he says at random times during the day. “Tan I tan up? Tan I hop you?” (Can I stand up—on the toilet, he means—and Can…

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