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  • Is you is or is you ain't my labor? | Making of a Family
    the midwife too It sounds like it s very very early she said Drink a lot of water rest and don t be surprised if they kind of fade away Which they did I was a little disappointed but not surprised I ve heard of this kind of thing before Today I ve had them off and on not nearly as regularly I m uncomfortable but I m not in labor They used to call this false labor but that s going out of fashion because it s way too dismissive In fact all those practice contractions are helping move things along The baby is wiggling into position my cervix is dilating a little more my uterus is practicing A few days ago I was positive I had a urinary tract infection because of the intense pressure Perquackey is putting on my bladder and cervix as he pushes even further down I called the midwives who reassured me it was a normal part of early labor Now I try to remind myself as I squirm with another randomly timed contraction Meanwhile I continue to get up the middle of the night to pee repeatedly yet being unable to because of

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  • Oracle | Making of a Family
    daughter and walks their black lab Lady every day despite suffering a stroke last year I ve also seen him talking on a bluetooth headphone while he strolls the neighborhood When you say Hey how are you doing he says stuff like If I was any better they d arrest me Ward pointing to the belly Soon huh Me Any day now Ward long pause No It ll be about

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  • Perquackey's Room | Making of a Family
    of stuff saved from his childhood much of which has made it into the room His moses basket is holding toys the framed children s book covers are up on the walls But the best of all was a giant hand knit kelly green snowsuit There are cables There are pom poms It s breathtaking Something new Dresser We spent a lot of time scouring garage sales thinking we d find some amazing vintage dresser for the baby s ever expanding array of onesies In the end we did what you do when you need a dresser We went to Ikea Our new Anes is smooth sleek Swedish and fits perfectly into the baby s closet Ikea also provided us with a lovely new rug some storage for above the changing table and some lighting we have yet to install Something borrowed Crib Sandy s cousins had held onto one of the cribs their twin daughters used nine years ago and offered it to us It was perfect except that sometime in the last nine years the hardware to put the thing together had disappeared It sat in pieces against our wall for a month until the manufacturer finally got the hardware kit out of back order We put it together Monday night and boy does having a crib in the house make it seem real baby coming soon Something blue Walls We went with Healing Waters instead of the other contender Endless Rain Rocking chair Well it was blue A dirty washed out faded silvery blue Now it s amazing My mom offered to buy us a rocking chair but I wasn t crazy about any that we saw on our first outing to Babies R Us The next week on our way to check out a few antique

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  • Procreation as art | Making of a Family
    new ish to do some kind of artistic document of his growth over time that can be experienced in say a minute or two rather than you know real time Because I m not a fraction as creative as the collective powers of the Internet I ve solicited ideas from a few online communities and have gotten some great ideas Here are some suggestions that have gotten us thinking Weekly or monthly photos of the kid holding a sign with the date and kid s age Weekly photos in the exact same setting same furniture same time of day Include a toy in the frame for reference Make use of lil grams once it s launched Yearly painting party Same sized canvas kid gets to paint whatever he wants Gallery showing on 18th birthday Movies instead of photos Regular documentation of the kid eating Or just a daily 10 second long photograph Photo of each pair of the boy s shoes when they re new and when they re replaced Then if we can stand the smell mount the shoes or just the soles on the wall Mark his height but on a portable piece of wood in case we

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  • Not ready | Making of a Family
    didn t have any diapers I hadn t bought a good nursing bra Baby clothes were shoved into paper grocery bags and scattered haphazardly around the room I hadn t washed anything yet There were things that had to be returned to Target and I wasn t sure I had the gift receipts I moved from my typical low level anxiety dreams like one about trying to return things to Target without gift receipts to horrible crazy dreams involving suicide pacts and being lost in underground tunnels As it always does slow and steady progress on the to dos started to bring me back to earth We went to Ikea and bought a dresser and I washed and folded the smallest baby clothes I made a Target run and started packing the hospital bag But I also realized that the practical stuff was kind of a screen for larger anxiety It wasn t that I felt unready to bring the baby home to a messy room but that I felt unready to become a mom And as uncomfortable as I am becoming there s part of me that s really sad at the prospect of not being pregnant anymore A

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  • Puzzlehood | Making of a Family
    framing the prospect of fatherhood that way Not that I m going to treat my son as a specimen in an experiment rather the whole endeavor is a great unknown whose shape and rules I ll have get to figure out as I go And it ll last for the rest of my life What more enjoyable kind of project can there be Friends know me as a fanatic of

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  • The best thing about baby showers | Making of a Family
    a series of birthday cards for Perquackey and everyone wrote him one so from now until he s 25 the kid s going to be getting yearly dispatches from 2009 He s also going to be dressed diapered strolled nursed and read to from our newly enlarged collection of fantastic stuff not to mention the hand painted art both hanging on his wall and literally painted on his wall Meanwhile I discovered something important about baby showers Sure it s awesome to get tons of presents and it s a hell of a way to get a dude to voluntarily purchase you something called My Breast Friend My college roommate and her daughter came all the way from New York just for the occasion And I will not sneeze at a chance to eat several chocolate croissants and a slice of chocolate cake while attending a party at my own house that I don t have to clean up after But the secret best reason to have a baby shower is so that you can spend a day with thirty people who love you and keep repeating the following things you look awesome and you re going to be a

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  • History repeating, perhaps | Making of a Family
    days off I had invited ten people for Thanksgiving and several friends were planning a baby shower for December 3 I rushed home packed my suitcase and the baby s things prevailed upon my sister to take over Thanksgiving dinner and warned my friends they d probably have to shower without me Advice don t ever tell anyone that you might be early I spent the next four weeks dilating 1 2 cm a week and fending off well meaning queries like are you still around My due date was Dec 15 I was born on Dec 20 and was in fact induced I would have stayed in there longer 2009 At my 36 week appointment today the midwife took a look around in there and determined that I m 2 3 cm dilated 90 effaced and that the baby s head is at zero which is as far as he ll go before starting to head out the door for real So I m going on record here I do not expect to go into labor early We ve got 4 6 weeks to go here on Project Perquackey and I m betting he takes his sweet sweet time

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