I wish I had written this while I was still pregnant. The excitement of motherhood has in some ways had an amnesia effect on the last 9-plus months. I cannot believe that I had been pregnant for nearly a year, yet the whole experience seems a blur when I look at my newborn. It’s also eerily true what I've heard many mothers say – you forget the pains of labor and delivery once you see your baby.
By week 41, I was ready to no longer be pregnant. I missed my due date. Our world of family and friends was growing impatient to meet our daughter. Towards the end, my husband had a daily ritual of whispering to the belly, “get outta there.” His patience also wore thin. I, along with a few family members, started having vivid dreams of what she would look like. (I don’t think any of us got it right).
Somewhere between the incessant “did your water break yet” phone calls and discussions with the doctor about a potential induction, I remember lying in bed thinking, slow down. There’s a lot about being pregnant I will miss.FULL ENTRY
Born January 17, 2013, 21 inches tall and weighing 7lbs 15 oz.FULL ENTRY
Due dates are a hoax.
There. I said it.
It’s one of those pregnancy myths I wish were true. And I fell for it.
As a journalist, I innocently believed due date meant deadline. Meant you darn well better have something presentable by said date – even if it arrives kicking and screaming.
Even the dictionary says if you are due, you are proper. You are adequate. You are rightful. You are sufficient.
So why isn’t the little boomba here?FULL ENTRY
The flu has hit harder and earlier across the nation this season. Boston has already experienced 700 cases of the flu – up from 70 cases last season – prompting the city's mayor Thomas Menino to declare a flu health emergency. Massachusetts has had 18 flu-related deaths so far, according to the state's Department of Public Health.
Pregnant women are among the groups considered the most vulnerable for catching the flu. A weaker immune system puts pregnant women at higher risk for more severe illness as well as birth complications. But experts say there’s no need to panic since there are many ways to protect against the flu.FULL ENTRY
Gone are the days when expectant mothers are expected to stay home and focus 100 percent of their time and energy on their pregnancy.
Today, we’re movers and multi-taskers. Sometimes we hold multiple jobs, take on multiple projects, and care for multiple children, all with soon-to-be baby in tow. Chances are, even at times when we feel like we’re in over our heads, we won’t ask for help when we need it.
This is where our smart phones, laptops, iPads come in handy. They are the keeper of our schedules and can also be a convenient way to keep track of the pregnancy process. Here are some apps designed to help us get through.FULL ENTRY