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  • Practice | Making of a Family
    bigger and bigger The greatest takeaway of the class was the forging of a small community of expectant mothers and fathers We ve all drunk our new knowledge from the same fountain and we re all putting it to use within a six weeks of each other We ll check in with announcements when our babies are born and hopefully continue to swap stories and stay in touch as they grow older There are a couple little nuggets in particular whose parents we re especially fond of The class was heavy on the anecdotal and the social light on the technical As much as we had any expectations we did expect more hands on lessons about breathings and exercises Not to say we didn t appreciate what we did learn which was a solid understanding of how the process works and what our choices are each step of the way But when we realized we weren t going to get much learning about breathing we turned to Sarah s mom Adrienne Lamaze expert extraordinaire for some lessons We visited one afternoon and got a crash course of the class she used to teach for twenty five years We started off with the lessons on how to breathe We learned all the different flavors hoo EE vs hoo AH etc and which situations call for which Then we practiced with my squeezing Sarah s elbow for 90 seconds simulating the pain of contraction and forcing Sarah to fight through it through the techniques she just learned But these lessons are just as much for me to learn how to coach as they are for Sarah to deliver and I soon got my quiz as well in the form of Adrienne on the floor simulating seven different types of labor pains in

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  • Expectant | Making of a Family
    way but everyone else was sure of it For our friends out there who keep hearing they re having boys you never know They nickname her Moundy They go through the same ritual of adjustment we do looking at each other and saying things like There s a person in there The past was weird Hospital practices just 35 years ago seem bizarre to us now To keep a perfectly healthy baby in a nursery away from her mother for days only to bring her in for feedings Even though they had decided to use Lamaze and go natural he gets fed up with the natural birth dogmatists I think I m going to tell the next person who wants to be glad for us that we re going to be so natural that I m going to bite off the umbilical cord Haven t you heard It s the latest thing Most of all for me the document helped buttress a particular thought that s been floating through my head in recent weeks This will seems obvious but I never ever thought of it in these terms until just recently My parents were once in our position My parents were once married without children then married and expecting then expecting and a month from having a baby just as we are now As long as I ve known them my parents were parents That was their main identity This whole time I ve prepared to become a dad my main conception of parenthood has come from them Me as the trainee and they as the unwitting mentors Suddenly it occurs to me that at one point they knew about as much as I do now They were newbies having the same thoughts worries and hopes that Sarah and I

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  • Names we won't be giving our son | Making of a Family
    pregnancies Commenters None yet As we continue to negotiate our way to an agreement about what to name this being friends and relatives have chimed in with suggestions We appreciate the help but I feel it necessary to clear the air about some of the names we have definitely ruled out As follows Basmati Condoleezza Bwown Miami Street Edge Clock Vanilla Hefe Exes N Everything else still in the running

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  • All I see are strollers | Making of a Family
    the elderly unavoidable slow moving albeit harmless denizens of the sidewalk I certainly couldn t tell one from another I never was assaulted by a stroll and run but if I had no way would I be able to pick it out of a line up Then I started shopping for one myself and that part of my brain started to fill up again with new information and one again my life became flooded with a cacophony of new previously hidden stimuli What s bizarre about this is that we already have our stroller picked out We decided on one pretty much the same day we started learning about them and put our choice on our registry Some of Sarah s friends have gone in and bought it for us and right now it s sitting in its box in its amazon com Crowl Royal esque gift bag in the baby s room waiting for the shower for its unwrapping So there s no reason I should waste any effort looking at other people s strollers I want to free my brain for more useful purposes like the diaper decision But I can t help it I m part of

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  • Experimenting | Making of a Family
    terrible psychological trap but once the idea came into my head I couldn t get it out And then it took us 20 months to get pregnant and my good exit strategy turned as they often do into a quagmire I occasionally did some job searching during that time but never quite hit on what it was I wanted to be doing Because of course what I wanted to be doing was having a baby My career ambitions always vague got increasingly blurry over those years and now that I m just six weeks from motherhood it s even harder for me to think through In some ways the fact that circumstances conspired to turn me into a freelancer housewife for the last six months of the pregnancy has been a blessing What luck that we re financially stable enough that I can work on the baby s room and write and take long walks and read and research But it s also a little scary Turns out like most of my peers my sense of my own success has always been tied to school and work Now that I m not working in a very coherent way I ve felt kind of adrift and a little bad about myelf On the other hand working in a series of jobs I wasn t very satisfied with didn t feel great either Perhaps being a mom is the career I ve been looking for all along Or perhaps it isn t I have no idea what being a mom is going to feel like It s something I m going to have to experience and experiment with and find my way through Which reminds me of another favorite quote one we used in our wedding ceremony What you alone think it

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  • Breeders on the hunt | Making of a Family
    letting our pickiness get the best of us and so the search continues Yesterday we drove up to Winnetka for an 8am baby centric sale hoping to snatch up the discarded remains of the affluently lazy The key is to find that family that cares enough to buy the best but doesn t care enough to fetch its optimal resale worth on Craiglist We held in our minds a vision of a beautiful Danish modern changing table something to instill in our child a proper sense of style starting on day 0 Instead we found the same old table this time painted white and barely stable Feh We re long time garage sale shoppers and to do them right you gotta train your brain to ignore the 99 of crap and hone in on the good stuff Up to now crap has included anything baby which often appears in abundance at these sales I m pretty sure storage of baby clothes is what garages were invented for in the first place Now that we ve joined the breeder set we ve got to reprogram our brains to want all that stuff or at least bother to sift through it We re not sure what we need yet but at these prices who could turn it down I know this is how it starts Saturday we made off with a modest and dare I say judicious haul Got a few shirts pants and shoes at like 2 a pop We know full well that there s no way to predict what size Perquackey ll be at what season but these felt like a sound investment no matter the weather We also picked up some toys scrutinizing each one as if we had any idea what criteria to use Maybe we should

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  • On keeping a blog | Making of a Family
    the person you know who did IVF and isn t having multiples For many months the fact that we had tried to get pregnant for so long and had ended up doing this crazy medical procedure was so much more real to me than the pregnancy My whole first trimester was colored with terror that the baby was simply a mirage and that I d be sent packing back to infertility treatments any day I thought I d never stop feeling that way But I did Now it s starting to feel so distant like something that happened to someone else entirely What feels real is having to sit on the floor to put my shoes on while my baby thumps and bumps from inside In a few months I ll be a completely new person again and what will be real will be motherhood If you ve read our blog for a long time you ll have to excuse me for recycling one of my very favorite Joan Didion quotes I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be whether we find them attractive company or not We forget too

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  • Ladies Night | Making of a Family
    one to suggest we do two showers She could see why we d enjoy a big co ed party and she was delighted to help out with it but she really wanted to throw me a good old fashioned shower The mom of two little girls she explained you re only pregnant with your first baby once I want to throw you a party that s about you becoming a mom So a small group of women friends along with my mom and mother in law gathered at Julie s on Saturday and shared stories and advice ate cupcakes and made hilarious bibs and onesies for Perquackey Catherine demonstrated her unstoppable labor pain vocalization technique which I m totally going to emulate despite the fact that Jeremy describes it as like being at the Battle of Gettysburg My family is into Gettysburg It s perfect My mom provided trivia about my own birth for a quiz For future reference the correct answer to how my mom describes my birth is C She popped out like a cork I can only hope that I inherit all of the speed of my own delivery without the troublesome overdose of pitocin my mom had to endure and the doctor saying sometimes when they come out that fast the uterus turns inside out Perquackey s a lucky kid with a new swing insanely cute new clothes days of the week onesies art for his walls books for his shelves sheets for his crib and a hand stitched flannel blanket from Grandma Amy In a way the most powerful part about the evening for me was not just that it made me feel more ready to be a mom but that it also reminded me that in addition to becoming a mom I m still

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