T Minus One!

Mature! Unequivocally, finally, robustly mature.

It was not even close—Twyla’s lungs are basically sipping port and perusing a leatherbound copy of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Barring 11th hour catastrophe, the next thing I post will be a birth announcement…


  1. RG says:

    HUZZAH! So glad to hear it! Can’t wait to see that squishy baby face in the little pink and blue hat (don’t all hospitals have the same pink and blue hat?)

  2. S says:

    I have been checking in an embarassing amount of times for THIS good news! Way to go, Twyla! Way to go to you too, for you know, aiding Twyla in those ridiculously mature lungs of hers! Sending nothing but good thoughts for you guys tomorrow!

  3. Swistle says:

    I am doing one hand out to the side and saying “Woo” and then doing the other hand out to the other side and saying “hoo.” With a little Z-formation head shake, for extra celebration.

  4. Heather says:

    Hip, hip hooray! So relieved for you both. Lots of good thoughts for a textbook arrival so your whole family can bond together.

  5. a says:

    Hurray! I hope everything goes very smoothly and by this time tomorrow, you are merely contemplating a couple years worth of interrupted sleep.

  6. I am beyond happy for you, especially after all of the legal nonsense that got us all worked up and huffy. (OK, fine. I’m still a little worked up and huffy, but being of the future doctor breed, I’ll try to use my anger productively. Promise.) I can’t wait to see Miss Twyla!

  7. tash says:

    Phhheeewwww!!! (She put that capri sun and Teen People down for the test, I’m sure of it. Good girl!)

    Woot! Anxiously tapping fingers on refresh from now on . . .

  8. Kim Kas says:

    Yay!! I’m so excited for all of you! Can’t wait to meet you, little Twyla! By the way, is that pronounced Twyla with a “will” or Twyla like “twilight?” I’d hate to be thinking it incorrectly in my head…

  9. Arghhhhhhhhhhh! (Happy arggggghhhhing, not aggravated arggggghhhing. Or, you know, pirate argggggghhhhing.) (I find it important to clarify.)

    GOOD LUCK, GOOD LUCK! Cannot wait to finally meet Twyla.

  10. Ali says:

    Hooray! Thanks for checking in and letting us know. I’m one of those quiet lurker types, but I’ve been keeping everything crossed for you that this would happen. Cannot wait to see baby pics. Good luck!

  11. marly says:

    Well, Alexa, I’m the praying grandma who encouraged you to throw down with a hissy if need be. I’ll be sharing my 60th birthday with Baby Twyla. I decree myself as her Fairy Godmother of the Internet. May all her (and your) wishes come true.

  12. gretchen magrane says:

    hey alexa! I’ve been following your blog for a while now. i read your book last year after having a 26 weaker in 2009. I’m 3 weeks behind you in pregnancy now! 34 weeks tomorrow with a little girl. I’ve loved reading your thoughts and ramblings about your pregnancy this time around;) I’m so happy to hear twyla is ready to join the world tomorrow and will be thinking positive thoughts for all of you tomorrow morning! you’re a great mom/advocate fior yourself and your children and i look forward to catching little glimpses into your new life as a mom of 2!

  13. I have fired up the office PC specially (iPhone alas, does not permit me to leave comments. It eats them, malevolently sniggering while it does so.) to say Hurrah for Twyla’s lungs! What a champ!

  14. Ellie says:

    I’ve lit a candle for you and Twyla, here at the Monastery … Sending prayers of love and peace and good health, a safe birth, to you and Twyla and the doctors and nurses. I am so happy for you.

  15. Ursula says:

    I’m also a quiet lurker who thinks of you often and has been hoping for this news. Will be thinking of you today.

    • Andrea says:

      And now I’m nervously refreshing your home page every minute or two, waiting to hear the news! I understand if it takes a day or two… but please let us know soon!

  16. Keya says:

    This is so weird. I just came across your website ( I happened to see your book “Half baked” on amazon and looked you up). And what do I see? A twitter sidebar that says “Twyla is here”. I feel so happy and excited that I discovered your blog right about when you had you little baby!! The universe works in mysterious ways :)
    Congratulations! I am an infertile who conceived via IUI, and a NICU mom of a full term baby with severe breathing difficulties. I am still on a quest to find some peace..hope to read more from your blog archives.

  17. Leah says:

    Just saw the news via Twitter… CONGRATULATIONS!!!! She is a gorgeous, plump, lovely little munchkin. I’m whooping, dancing, singing and throwing imaginary confetti into the air. Woohoo!

  18. Shelly in Austin says:

    The internet is weird. I did not know it was possible to be this happy for someone I don’t know. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful, fat baby girl!

  19. marly says:

    Oh, Twyla, its your Internet Fairy Godmother with the same birthday. As soon as my family BD dinner was over I ran upstairs to check to see if you were here. And you ARE!! You are my best present. So happy for your mom, dad, and sister. And you’re beautiful too! We’d been thrilled with average looks, but you are a DOLL. XO

  20. Ann says:

    CONGRATULATIONS Alexa, Scott, and Simone!!!! Twyla, you’re adorable and we’re all so, so glad you’re here!!!!

  21. Tree Town Gal says:

    She’s here! She’s here! She’s perfect and beautiful!! Yea for tweets!! Teary happy for you all… welcome adored Twyla! (sorry for all the !!! marks)

  22. Kara says:

    I don’t. . .I can’t. . .I mean. . .Aaaahhh!!!! There are just no words. I have never seen a more beautiful baby. She looks just perfect, and I could not be more happy for you. What an amazing difference for you to be able to hold and snuggle your newborn immediately! After my first baby, who was taken to a DIFFERENT hospital, one with a level 3 NICU, right after she was born and I didn’t even SEE her again until I could be released from the hospital three days later (c-section recovery), I felt like the birth of my second girl really healed something in me. It was still a c-section (meaning, still more scary than I would have liked), but to be able to have that little bundle with me IN my room for those four days in the hospital. . .to hold her, nurse her, look at her any time I wanted to. . .it just seemed to make it all better. So I hope you are currently just reveling (as much as one can revel with a c-section wound and pain meds) in the presence of that beautiful creature. So much love to you, Alexa. This is a happy ending/beginning.

  23. Martha says:

    Sooooo happy for you all (so happy for Twitter for me!)!!!!! She’s gorgeous, all filled out and ready to go!

  24. Liz says:

    Pleased to announce that when your little baby turns 13, in June 2025, it will, in fact, be a “Friday the 13th.” That’s gotta mean something — hopefully on the good side, because I simply think that’s a pretty cool coincidence! CONGRATS!

  25. Laura says:

    Welcome to Twyla!! The picture of the two of you on Twitter is PRICELESS! I am so happy for your whole family. Now go live happily ever after and update when you can. :):)

  26. Jennifer says:

    I am not on twitter but saw some of your posts.

    Sounds like the itty bitty has a shallow latch (of course could be a tongue tie though). Both my girls initially had a shallow latch.

    With my first we used a nipple shield, for almost two months, otherwise my nipples would have been gnawed off. LC thought she had a shallow latch due to a tiny mouth and what ended up being an overactive letdown (although she was very very shallow from the start, my poor nips have blisters the day after her birth). I didn’t know any different initially, in what it *should* feel like. The nurses were not helpful.

    WIth my second, she also had a shallow latch, but I *knew* it felt wrong this time. When she latched, she would pinch on my nipple and suck that way. Luckily though, I was able to correct her latch while she was on my breast by very gently pulling down on her chin and opening her mouth wider on my breast. She adapted to that and within a week after her birth, the nips were healing and I was swearing every time she latched.

    I wouldn’t worry about not getting much with pumping at this point. Try and correct the latch and go from there.

  27. Christy says:

    Yay! But I’m confused. I used to follow your blog more often and I thought you lived in NYC. But the prior post…Minnesota?

  28. Lissa says:

    Oh please please for the love of Those Who Don’t Twitter, please let us know how everything went. Picked up from the tiny twitter sidebar that Twyla is here. And alive. As are you. All wonderful and great things, congrats!!

  29. KATHY BAUER says:

    Alexa—–PLEASE post something HERE. I don’t tweet and don’t know for sure what’s going on with you and Twyla. HELP!!!

  30. Aina says:

    Congratulations to you and Twyla and Scott and Simone! (btw, we who don’t use Twitter are feeling like Luddites.)

  31. Kim says:

    I keep checking in, hoping for the announcement and a picture of the newest Flotsam baby girl.

    C’mon, Alexa! Give us the deets! Please?

  32. Mel says:

    No rush i can imagine your busy but hurry up and post will ya girl, I’m not on twitter and dying to hear all about the new addition:)

  33. Molly Phillips says:

    Alexa, So I just finished reading your book, “half baked” and wanted to let you know how it really hits home with me. When I was 18, I gave birth to twin boys at 25 weeks. They both weighed one pound eleven ounces, Parker was 13 inches long and Isaiah was 12 and 3/4 inches long. When Parker was 40 days old he took his last breath in my arms he passed away on September 6, 2003- from renal failure. I have never met anyone who would understand the NICU and it’s foreign language- words like CPAP, OSCILLATOR, HYDROCHEPALUS (grades 3 and 4 in the boys case.) No one had any idea what I was talking about. Being able to read your book made me feel connected to you in some non creepy way. It helped to read someones account of the dreadful NICU days and know that the thoughts I was having, the feelings that were felt, the unavoidable anger- is all natural and expected really. Isaiah is on his way to age 9 this month. He has had his ups and downs and we still struggle at times, he’s in the process of being diagnosed as a higher functioning autistic child. But everyday he has made great strives and continues. I know releasing your thoughts and feelings to others can be a difficult thing to do but I personally want to Thank You. You have touched my life as well as all the others who have read your book or looked at your blog. You are an inspiration to many. I am trying to make a difference myself and have started going to college to become a grief counselor. I wish you all the best of in all you do. You, Scott, Simone and Twyla will be in my thoughts and prayers! (Sorry about the prayer thing, but we all have different beliefs :)

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