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Fitness Plan Update: 5 Weeks In, 13 Pounds Down

Fitness Plan Update: 5 Weeks In, 13 Pounds Down

So at 4 weeks postpartum from my second baby, I woke up one morning and realized that my pre-pregnancy fit n’ trim runner’s body had somehow been transformed into a desperately deconditioned obese body. I was shlubbing about at BMI 30, and looking at purchasing […]

We Remember Our Angels: But How To Reach Out To The Living?

We Remember Our Angels: But How To Reach Out To The Living?

On my desk at work, there are a few photographs. There’s me and hubby, and Babyboy, and even our cats. Soon there will be photos of Babygirl, too. But there are two special photos that stand apart:   One is of my fresh-faced, smiling cousin, […]

After The Illness: Time To Breathe

After The Illness: Time To Breathe

A wonderful friend stopped by our house last week, just days after my husband came home from the hospital. She came bearing a loaf of warm homemade honey-wheat bread, get-well wishes, and good advice. I can’t remember her exact words, but they were something along […]

Hubby in the Hospital: Survival Mode

Hubby in the Hospital: Survival Mode

Last Saturday evening, I came home from a day at my mother’s with my kids to find my husband on the couch, holding his lower abdomen with pain. He also had urinary symptoms, and a high fever, and shaking chills. I felt his belly: it […]

Update on Fitness plan… 10 days in, 10 pounds lost!

Update on Fitness plan… 10 days in, 10 pounds lost!

(2 posts in the same day, thanks the baby sling I am trying to use more, now that Babygirl has a teensy bit of head control and less risk of suffocating in it. I can type with her in the sling, even as she is […]

Five Consecutive Hours of  Sleep

Five Consecutive Hours of Sleep

I completed medical school, and half of a four-year residency, prior to the institution of work-hours regulations for trainees. What this meant was that students and residents were expected (required) to be in the hospital and caring for patients (and doing paperwork, and attending conferences, […]

Doctor, Heal Thyself!

Doctor, Heal Thyself!

Who here hasn’t needed to lose a few pounds? Well, I am a bit beyond needing to lose a “few”…   Babygirl is officially a month old, and I am officially a month postpartum. For two pregnancies now, my usually healthy diet slid into more […]

Home With a New Baby, and a Whopping Case of Hives.

Home With a New Baby, and a Whopping Case of Hives.

Here I am at home on materinity leave with new Babygirl and 18 month old Babyboy-—for almost a full month now! This is so hard to believe. Only this week have I finally figured out Babygirl’s language. I finally know that after feeding, she needs […]

Breastfeeding Can Be Really Hard and Really Painful, But There Is Help

Breastfeeding Can Be Really Hard and Really Painful, But There Is Help

With my first baby, I was blithely determined to do pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum the 100% Natural and Organic Way. I was gung-ho into prenatal pilates, yoga and organic eating; I hired a doula and consulted the midwives; I took a Hypnobabies course; I bought […]

We Welcome Babygirl!

We Welcome Babygirl!

So, last week I was stuck in a slow, painful limbo of “Early Labor”, and trying to decide whether to even attempt a VBAC, given the disaster of my first L+D experience. That all ended up being much worse than the actual labor and delivery! […]