Birth story haikus!

Baby #6, ready for football season.

I still haven’t found the hundreds of hours I’d need to chronicle the entire saga of the pregnancy, birth, and NICU stay of baby #6, and I have no idea when I will, so that means it’s time to do some more birth story haikus! It’s been over two years since the last round, so I’m sure there will be plenty of new stories to share. I’ll go ahead and make my post a theme of “pregnancies gone horribly awry,” and include my second pregnancy, when I got a deep vein thrombosis. (A quick recap for new readers:... Read More

Never say never, and other thoughts on having more kids

Some folks have asked if my doctors are putting pressure on me not to have more children. I usually respond with a sound like hoooooo-ho-ho-hooooo (which is not supposed to be a sound like what Santa says, but rather a hearty laugh to indicate, YOU HAVE NO IDEA). The doctors have said this before, when I was diagnosed with the clotting disorder after getting a deep vein thrombosis during my second pregnancy, but, luckily for my third, fourth, fifth, and sixth children, I knew that they weren’t that serious when they said, “You seriously... Read More

A meditation on the shocking idea that maybe we’re actually not just lazy whiners

When Joe first saw me in the hospital, he said I reminded him of this scene from Office Space:. I had tubes in my nose, a 16-gauge IV in my hand that was causing me constant pain, had just received a daunting diagnosis that left me with a ton of questions about both my immediate and long-term circumstances, and yet I seemed…happy. Undoubtedly, a large part of that can be attributed to being lifted up by so many wonderful prayers. But there was something else, too, that was responsible for my surprisingly peaceful state of mind: Relief. December... Read More

A few thoughts on my birthday

Today is my birthday. I turn 36. Not only have I now passed the halfway point of my thirties, but it’s a brand new year, I just had a brush with a medical condition that is often fatal, and my whole life has been turned upside down by my recovery. So, as you can see, I have no choice but to write a long and reflective blog post that opines about the meaning of life today. It’s a lot of pressure, really. I was lying in bed yesterday, mentally writing my post about all the Important Things I’ve taken away from this situation, and... Read More

Quick update

Hi, friends. Dashing off a quick note from my tablet to let you know what’s new: The good news is that the path forward is clear now. The bad news is that it’s a lot longer of a path than I thought it would be. The details: I’m still in the hospital, but will probably be released tonight. They’re actually pretty anxious to get me out of the hospital now that I’m on treatment. Evidently the flu hit Austin all at once a couple days ago, and my floor is filled with coughing, wheezing people with pneumonia, nasty strains... Read More

Update from the hospital

Hi, everyone! As you may have heard, on Wednesday I was diagnosed with pulmonary embolisms. I was hospitalized and released last night, but am unfortunately back in the hospital now, with no idea when I’ll be released this time. Joe and I both wanted to apologize that we haven’t replied to many of the kind notes from folks offering to help. Things have been so crazy that it’s hard to stay on top of emails and texts, but the main problem is that we just don’t have many answers. The situation keeps changing from hour to hour,... Read More

Empowered birth

My male readers saw this title and thought, “Oh, no, chick talk!” Sorry, guys. To make it up to you, here’s a link to pictures of the 10 greatest moments in the NFL. Anyway, quite a few friends who are pregnant with their first children have been asking me about childbirth, so I thought I’d do a post about it to collect all my thoughts in one place. Here we go! Discovering “Empowered” Birth I used to be horrified by the idea of childbirth. In movies and TV shows I’d seen all these depictions of women in... Read More

Answering your questions: Part I

Here are the answers to the first few of the questions to this post: Q: “How in the world do you have time to blog with all your kids?” - Kimberly A: This is the #1 most frequent question I get. Heck, sometimes I look at my archives and ask myself that question. Here’s the answer: - Naptime. My one-year-old and three-year-old usually take nice, long afternoon naps (and on the rare days they don’t I expect them to have quiet time in their rooms), so every day I have a block of time in the afternoon where it’s just me... Read More

Coumadin, clotting disorders and contraception — oh my!

I saw my hematologist last week and he reminded me of something that I can’t believe I’d forgotten about: that the whole Coumadin issue is going to be on the table again as soon as the baby’s born. For those of you who missed the fun last time (some highlights here and here), just a few weeks after I came to agree with Catholic teaching on birth control I developed a blood clot whose treatment requires a medicine that is completely incompatible with getting pregnant — if you conceive while you’re on it it is very likely... Read More

Openness to life – in theory and in practice

I’ve talked a lot on this blog about the contraception aspect of converting to Catholicism. Before I discovered the Church I’d never even thought twice about it. I didn’t even know that anyone was seriously against it anymore. I thought that it was one of those things like water and air that we all universally agreed was a very necessary, very good thing. Even when I was first exploring the Church I had it in the back of my head that I’d kind of, uhh, “forget” that whole not using birth control rule. But as I... Read More

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