Archive for 2009

  • Do I Really Need To Teach My Toddler To Read?

    Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

    I recently came across a blog by a group of fathers who refer to themselves as science-based skeptics. This particular post sharply criticized the very popular practice of teaching a baby sign language. It was an interesting opinion and one that resonated with me.

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  • Alexander’s 9th Birthday

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

    Saturday was Alexander’s 9th birthday. He was born on December 19, 2000 at 9:40pm, weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz and 19 ¼ inches long. He had a full head of dark blondish hair with these amazing little silver tips, as though it were frosted.

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  • My Personal Reinvention: Part 3 (of 3)

    Friday, December 11th, 2009

    I am heading home now, having stayed an extra day. A perfect extra day. Thinking a lot, as usual, I sit quietly in the dark on the plane, wishing I could fall asleep. I am instead listening, in my head, to the voice of my mentor, Maryann. She is truly the woman who maintains my sanity. Truly maintains it. I happen to also be listening to the New York Dolls.

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  • My Personal Reinvention: Part 2 (of 3)

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

    Sunday – 12 noon:

    I am sitting on a US Airways flight taking a trip that I have cancelled and rescheduled 3 times in the last 6 days, twice being in the last 8 hours (yes, you can kind of do that with Orbitz). I readily admit that I do carry a true “lack of advance planning” gene when it comes to travel but this has set a new record even for me.

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  • My Personal Reinvention: Part 1 (of 3)

    Sunday, December 6th, 2009

    I seem to have had a revelation today. And that is that if I am to truly write a blog, it is going to have to be completely genuine (which it has been), but what that really means is that it has to be so much more than just a pregnancy and new baby information source. Pregnancy and birth are truly such a huge part of anything I think about or write, but the truth is, it isn’t everything.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Long Weekend

    Sunday, November 29th, 2009

    I am thankful for so many things. Enjoying time with family, friends and loved ones is, of course, so important. We enjoyed that very much. We also spent time with and helped feed our community in San Francisco who don’t have as much as we do.

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  • Good Shoulder Report

    Friday, November 20th, 2009

    Just a quick note to say that my shoulder is healing really well. The pain is MUCH better and I will not be having surgery just now. I may in fact do it in the future because it may not heal 100% but it will be something I can then plan for.

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  • Pain

    Saturday, November 14th, 2009

    Pain is such an interesting and complex subject. For so many reasons. How it feels is entirely personal, it has some cultural influence, and how we deal with it is greatly affected by our previous experiences, our level of exhaustion, our state of mind and what kind of support we have.

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  • Uh Oh… No Time For an Injury

    Sunday, November 8th, 2009

    I hurt my arm. My shoulder, actually. I mean really hurt it. I slipped down the stairs, on a normal morning (last Friday) and bam, an entire series of repercussions have appeared. I instinctively put my arm down to brace my fall and landed on it, straight down on my hand with my elbow locked. The culprit was a rather large duck — a dog toy that was on the staircase.

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  • Celebrity Scientists? I Don’t Think So

    Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

    I get fired up about things. Those closest to me definitely know this. Those I often meet for the first time, quickly learn this. I teach Alexander that his passions and his beliefs matter. And that having his own thoughts and opinions, regardless of who agrees with them, are much better than having none at all. So what am I getting to?

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