Tears of a child: Baby’s cries explained

30 Aug

Tears of a child: Baby’s cries explained

Crying is baby’s way of communicating. Baby’s eardrum-piercing, patience-testing way of communicating. Experts say that parents get to know their child’s sounds, eventually distinguishing a hunger wail from a boredom cry. After a full six weeks getting to know my new baby, I can assure you this is true. I am now fluent in newborn […]

By the numbers: The first two weeks

5 Aug

By the numbers: The first two weeks

I have a baby now, and he’s like Ohio weather. Unpredictable. Mercurial. Sometimes stormy, sometimes sunshiny, sometimes both at the same time. Also — and this is the most important part — he is different every day. Every. Damn. Day. Just look at what a difference two weeks makes!   He was such a little squishy bean […]

You won’t believe what else happened at the hospital

28 Jul

You won’t believe what else happened at the hospital

At my hospital, a drug test is administered to all women who check in to have a baby. I didn’t know anything about this, but I didn’t think twice about giving a urine sample when I checked in for my induction. It’s pretty common for doctors to request a sample from pregnant ladies during appointments. […]

Baby Meets World: Everest’s Birth Story

23 Jul

Baby Meets World: Everest’s Birth Story

Tears dribbled into my oxygen mask, and that’s what I focused on, more than the dull tugging of surgical tools in my belly or the dry sandpaper in my throat. Just the tears sliding down my face, pooling under the plastic, becoming little clouds underneath the dome of the mask. This wasn’t how it was […]

Pregnancy week 40-plus: No, I have not had the baby yet

9 Jul

Pregnancy week 40-plus: No, I have not had the baby yet

The cashier at Trader Joe’s nodded her head toward my pregnant belly. “When are you due?” “Last week.” “My goodness!” she stopped scanning my groceries, her hand paused above a can of split pea soup. “You’re overdue? What are you doing here?” “I need food.” I guess the cashier assumed what most everybody does — […]