I have a *lot* of Google Docs, y'all. Spreadsheets for everything-- what to pack when we camp in the summer, spring, or fall (three separate lists, obviously); literally every dollar I've spent this week; a running inventory of the freezer and fridge, by category and number of servings; u-cut Christmas tree farms organized by driving … Continue reading Why I’m Skipping a Birth Plan
This book gets it! Breaking open the false dichotomies of natural v technological, home v hospital, medical v normal, etc etc etc, and reframing with first person accounts of women’s needs in five key areas: agency, personal security, connectedness, respect, and knowledge. The book I’ve wanted every other book to be.
Read the first part of our birth story here. Read the second part of our birth story here. And then I had a baby! That’s what I felt like, anyway, after months and weeks and days and hours on hours of waiting. I was fully dilated! Here comes baby! I mean, all I had to … Continue reading Birth Story, Part III
Read the first part of our birth story here. Ah, the rain on the window, the gentle sunlight streaming in, the view of our favorite New York building fading in and out between the clouds— and a couple of monitors that no one could seem to get to work. The gorgeous view was not meant … Continue reading Birth Story, Part II
First things first: On Saturday, June 8th, at 11:04 am, in the warmest room at Beth Israel Hospital, we welcomed our daughter, Winifred Eleanor Guinn Anderson, with her wide eyes and mess of silken hair, into our arms. She weighed 8 pounds, 10.5 oz, measured 21 inches long, and had the softest skin and most … Continue reading Welcome, Winifred Eleanor! + Birth Story, Part I
For all the close calls and near misses that we’ve had in this pregnancy, not one single less-than-stellar thing that’s happened so far has been something I anticipated or feared ahead of time. Don’t get me wrong, I have PLENTY of fears, but I never for a second was afraid of placenta accreta, or getting … Continue reading The Scary Stuff
I have a problem. A major, abiding problem with reading books. If you’re in the market for a few dozen books on pregnancy, childbirth, and infant care, have I got a list for you: On Pregnancy After a few weeks, I figured out that my body doesn’t actually need any books to tell it how … Continue reading Books on books on books
Hey, remember when I used to be cool(er) and listen to music with words? Those were the good old days. /rhetorical device. Everything about Mike’s and my relationship from the moment we met felt very much within our control, in a really delightful way. There hadn’t been any obstacles to our dating, to our engagement, … Continue reading She’s Lost Control (Pregnancy Remix)