October 2008

No More Swaddle, My Mother is a Witch, and Other Headlines.

October 29, 2008

NO MORE SWADDLE Simone outgrew the Miracle Blanket. We knew this was coming: she’d been wriggling out of it a few times a night for a while now, but still, we pressed on. Scott’s baby-wrapping skills have never been as strong as mine, probably because of all those joints he didn’t roll in college, so [...]

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Next: Octopus!

October 27, 2008

My mood over the past week has swung wildly. One minute I am misty-eyed over the outpouring of support we have received and the wealth of resources available if Simone does have a hearing loss, and the next minute I am hit with a wall of fatigue at the mere thought of everything before us. [...]

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She Who is Inappropriately Named.

October 22, 2008

Simone can’t hear. I thought maybe typing that right at the beginning, getting it out of the way, would make this easier to write about, but guess what? No. Yesterday was Simone’s big five-month developmental assessment at the NICU follow-up clinic. The appointment consists of visits with a neonatologist and nurse practitioner; a check-up; and [...]

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Hyperbole Productions Presents: FACTORY OF DEATH.

October 20, 2008

Friday morning I flew to North Dakota to spend the weekend carousing with family, so it was late afternoon before I saw Heather’s link to my most recent post. I was flattered, and a little flustered, as if I had opened the door in my housecoat to find Andre Leon Talley and a Vogue photographer, [...]

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More Wounded than Eloquent, I’m Afraid.

October 16, 2008

Last night, when John McCain dismissively couched his reference to a “health of the mother” exception to the late-term abortion ban in AIR QUOTES, I had an unexpected reaction. I had expected to be angry, and I was, angry at his cavalier treatment of the subject, at the inane and misleadingly benign phrase “culture of [...]

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Thoroughly Trivial Tuesday!

October 14, 2008

Today, allow me to show you a treasured family heirloom. It is a photograph of my great-grandmother and great-grandfather on their wedding day, and I think, when you see it, you will understand why it is so dear to me: The bride is Verena Michel, originally of Weisen, Switzerland. The man she is marrying is [...]

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New Tuesday Thing!

October 7, 2008

I have been attempting, with limited success, to weed through my belongings in order to Reduce Clutter. I am finding all sorts of things in the process: old pictures, journals from Junior High, bizarre trinkets of all kinds. Because Scott is becoming increasingly intolerant of my shoving random items under his nose and entreating him [...]

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Questing.

October 6, 2008

You all must have been much better prepared for motherhood than I, because only three people responded to my request for questions-you-were-too-embarrassed-or-forgetful-to-ask-your-pediatrician. However I did get many assurances that I am unlikely to accidentally give Simone Shaken Baby Syndrome, which is a relief, particularly assuming that this information also applies to her Jumperoo, which has [...]

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Inner Space.

October 3, 2008

The insertion was better than expected, possibly because I took a double dose of Klonopin beforehand: I was more than relaxed, I was hearing Harpers Bizarre in my head on the ride to the clinic. In the end (HA!), I would say that being Mirena’d was slightly less excruciating than my Hysterosalpingogram. The doctor couldn’t [...]

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