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  • The Making of This Baby: Part I | Making of a Family
    and babies Every month the hospital would show a Miracle of Birth movie and the local Lamaze teachers took turns running the projector and taking questions afterwards I loved going to the showings and watching the video which in retrospect should have been terrifying to a young child lots of screaming crying and graphic shots of baby heads coming out of vaginas But I was used to it My mom s Lamaze stuff littered the trunk of our car There was a skeletal pelvis in there and a Raggedy Ann doll connected to a terry cloth placenta that could be delivered from a Quaker oat canister covered with a piece of stretchy fabric with a slit cut in it My mom once learned how to knit solely in order to make a fuzzy wool uterus My Barbie dolls used to have sex with a Ken paper doll strangely I never had an actual Ken doll and then wind up pregnant I had a baggy dress I d put on them and a tiny plastic baby doll I kept around for this purpose After a few minutes of Barbie wandering around with the plastic baby in her dress I d call in the imaginary midwife and deliver the baby right there in the dream house using careful Lamaze breathing Every few months one of my mom s classes would have a reunion An entire party full of two and three month old babies I loved it I wandered the rooms looking for trusting parents who would let me hold their little kids By the time I was eleven I was a seasoned babysitter So it was never even a question about whether I wanted to have kids It was the clearest thing in the world I was just waiting for the right moment In college when my romantic prospects looked bleak I decided that if I hadn t found someone by the time I was 30 I d find a sperm donor and just become a single mom After Sandy and I had been dating for a year we had a big philosophical conversation about our hypothetical family He said he d always thought he d adopt that there were so many children who needed homes And while I agreed with him totally in principal I tried to explain that my whole life lived in and out of Lamaze classes was a dress rehearsal for the pregnancy and birth I knew I needed to experience A life cycle event Something I couldn t just walk away from It never occurred to me that it wouldn t be easy Infertility snuck up on us punched us in the stomach and robbed us emotionally and spiritually blind It turned getting pregnant from something that was so not a big deal a natural next step in my life something I was born to do into an enormous high stakes battle It took something full of joy and excitement and made it scary and depressing

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  • Is that a vestigial tail or are you just happy to exist? | Making of a Family
    knows this is a decision every modern parent gets to make Our answer has always been an unequivocal yes and to my growing surprise this is almost always greeted with a surprising Really Here I was thinking everyone wants to know when it turns out the trend is swinging back the other direction Don t you want to be surprised they ask I can t imagine there s going to be much about parenthood that isn t a surprise I ll take whatever assurances I can get So the plan was to find out at the twenty week screening when the fetus is grown enough to give a clear picture one way or the other We mentioned this point about five minutes into today s screening after the ultrasound technician had shown us his little head and appendages and after she echoed the common refrain Really she dropped this little nugget Because if you wanna know I can tell you now Our eyes lit up Hell YES we want to know Yeah she said I m 100 sure about this Earlier I was looking for his legs and I saw this she points to a little nubbin shape between two slightly larger nubbin shapes and I thought Whoa That s not a leg Awesome I m definitely keeping that quote around and using it to embarrass him in front of high school girlfriends Him That s fun to say or rather to say correctly I ve been slipping a lot and referring to it as a him before knowing the truth and I d probably be lying if I claimed to not have a preference It s good to know which side the chromosomal coin landed on and I can relax knowing that fate has followed Luca Brasi s wishes

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  • What to expect while we’re expecting | Making of a Family
    He kept pausing between words waiting for screams expecting everyone would get it but it definitely took everyone a few silent beats to parse what he was saying We re having a kid It s been a long road and one we haven t shared with many people At some point along the way we basically stopped being able to write our regular blog because that blog was about what was happening in our daily lives and what was happening was the same not so uplifting thing we didn t want to talk about publicly month after month after month Now that we re coming out of that experience in the best possible way we re ready to start blogging again We ve had so much fun telling friends and family our secret this weekend and we re looking forward to the adventure of pregnancy with all the crazy stories that come with it Yes this will become Yet Another Blog About Pregnancy but that s the way it goes We are over the moon about it Lots of stories to come about where we are now and how we got here Hope you re ready We definitely are 13

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  • Wandering Weiszes
    pot tongs and a cooler that actually insulates Don t be afraid to book a tour or two There are some things we couldn t have done on our own like kayaking the Apostle Islands sea caves or seen the shipwrecks in Lake Superior It s also a nice way to hand over the planning reins to someone else for a day Stay off the highways Take the small roads They re a hundred times more interesting Be deliberate about what time you drive In the northern latitudes the sun stays out until late so it s easy to spend a whole day somewhere drive from 8pm 10pm and still get to your next destination just as its getting dark It can be really frustrating to spend three hours inside your car in the heat of the day when you d rather be swimming On the other hand if you re in the mood to wander plan to set out early Pick an end point A good trip needs closure Find a point an hour or two near home where you can either spend your last night or where you can spend a few hours before rolling into home Give yourself some time to sit on a beach or at a cafe or in a field of soybeans and reflect before your regular life clicks back in Buy a Honda Fit We couldn t have been happier with our car Great mileage 33 36 mpg Small footprint Huge cargo space Best of all clever seat configurations including one we dubbed The Executive which allowed the passenger to relax in comfort lounge chair style The icing on that cake was when we got to the drive in and found that the driver s seat did it too Seriously get a Fit Pack modularly When you re living out of a car things get really messy really quick It s good practice to put everything in a box so everything has somewhere to go Just make sure you pack it so that the frequently used stuff is on top Invest in the right gadgetry Our few electronic crutches Dashboard mounted GPS device we had a TomTom XL AC inverter EVDO mobile broadband adapter Don t wade through waist deep water with your cell phone in your pocket Self explanatory Join AAA Get maps and guidebooks for every state you ll be traveling through Maps are for when TomTom fails you books are for finding hotels Carry a spare and know how to change a flat We never had to on this trip thankfully but it s happened before AAA is good but isn t always the most speedy Sometimes a jack and some elbow grease can be faster Download some audiobooks Our recommendation All The President s Men Though you risk being so drawn in you forget to stop driving Be flexible with your expectations Enjoy things for what they are not what you thought they were going to be Be a

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  • Wandering Weiszes
    that corner of Indiana dozens of times and never even knew you could do it without the interstate It s so much more pleasant on 12 even including the section through the polluted mess of Gary The Dunes Highway alone is worth the extra half hour it takes Then eighteen days thirty two hundred miles eight hotels two B Bs seven campfires twenty six hundred photographs one speeding ticket one parking ticket two games of mini golf one audiobook and zero flat tires later we were at home Where our clothing options exceed single digits Where we have two kitties to keep us company Where we have a kitchen where we can cook Where a mattress that fits our forms exactly waits for us every night Where the Internet always works Where it s familiar It s as scary as it is comforting to see the ease which which we can slip back into the normal routine of things I relish the dissonance between the foreign and the familiar that travel can illuminate Sometimes I worry that that dissonance is diminishing as we travel more Fortunately the answer is easy keep searching for stranger places to visit and more unfamiliar people to meet The car engine s still warm and and we re already thinking about where we should head next The wandering it s in our blood COMMENTS Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the

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  • Wandering Weiszes
    from the Cotswolds In England Now send some vintage Model T cars racing around the streets add a frozen custard stand a 1919 carousel a glass blowing demonstration and a barn full of sheep and you ve got a recipe for hilarity Our friend Catherine who grew up in Dearborn used to wait tables in costume at the village s 1850s themed Eagle Tavern She said the worst best part was when people would come in and ask for a salad and a diet coke and she d have to say Oh we don t serve that in the 1850s Can I get you a strawberry phosphate with a macaroni straw and a chicken cutlet with walnut ketchup In the midst of all this craziness the Greenfield Village Lah De Dahs creamed the Carey Cayugas in a friendly game of 1867 rules baseball we all had some frozen custard Floyd got to see a choo choo train and Sandy and I enjoyed our second to last day of the trip in true Ford style COMMENTS Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit 3 lottery tickets purchased 0 money won 24 Sandy s license plate game score 24 Sarah s license plate game score 2 1 Head s up Trival Pursuit record Sandy v Sarah 1 1 Mini golf record Sandy v Sarah

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  • Wandering Weiszes
    mom was growing up Yet we never went to drive ins when I was growing up in the suburbs of Indianapolis and living now in light polluted Chicago it s difficult to drive out far enough to find one in operation As such this was the first drive in experience for both of us Being a drive in noob I wasn t sure exactly how one is meant to watch a movie from one s car Or more specifically our car I walked around and found a regular to ask how it s meant to be done do you sit in the front or do you turn the car around and lounge in the back I d seen both Our silver chariot a Honda Fit has magical transformative abilities so I went back and played around with the configurations For the duration of the trip we had been driving with the passenger seat in its special recliner position what we ve dubbed The Executive and I was pleased to find the driver s seat adjusts in the exact same way With a propped up bin and sleeping bag at the back to lean against we now had two custom movie watching seats that offered enough space to lounge luxuriously and a perfect viewing angle of the screen The only obstruction was that pesky rear view mirror which succumbed to a little pressure and popped right off Putting it back on the next day was a whole different adventure I had been secretly planning this since I discovered our trip would coincide with the new Batman The only way I could make up for missing it on opening weekend in IMAX would be to find it at a small town drive in There were many unknowns and many ways it could have been ruined noisy kids lousy sound system dirty projector but it all came together beautifully The movie exhilarating delivering on the anticipation and then some It tapped directly into that vein that carries my fondness for the Dark Knight comic books I regularly read as kid teenager Set against the warm July night and the cozy relaxing atmosphere it easily counts as one of the highlights of the trip and certainly one of the best movie going experiences of recent memory Who needs the multiplex COMMENTS Megan Jul 23 10 08 AM Mom Aug 1 10 41 PM Sandy Aug 2 08 01 AM Comments are closed for this post Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of petrol purchased 3 92 cheapest price per gallon Roseville MN 5 40 priciest price per gallon Rural Ontario 3 nights spent at friends homes 8 nights spent at hotels motels 2 nights spent at B Bs 5 nights spent camping 2625 photos taken 4 unsolicited questions about the Fit and its gas mileage 7 unsolicited admirations about our awesome Travel Scrabble kit 3 lottery tickets purchased 0 money won 24 Sandy s license

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/450/big-screen-small-town (2016-02-16)
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  • Wandering Weiszes
    Demanding of Navigational Unit We had just a few hours so we hit a couple of highlights First a coronary of a Corned Beef sandwich at Primanti s where they put the fries inside the sandwich I had just a half of a sandwich and it was enough to make me want to lay down and die In a good way After that we trusted our TomTom to deliver us to the Mattress Factory an adorable modern art museum that s located on a street the size of an alley Highlight Pleiades by James Turell an a absolutely pitch black room You re told to sit wait and stare for 15 minutes after which the work becomes visible It plays on the properties of light and the physiology of vision I really dug it Then a relaxing evening with Brett and Lisa and their two bundles of cuteness Nate and June the latter of whom s Cinderella themed and attended birthday party we were going to miss by just a few hours There was going to be a inflatable bouncy castle and everything Before leaving Pittsburgh the next day we followed up on a tip from Jack and visited the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix a showcase and road race featuring some really sexy antique race cars We only got to see some practice runs but it was cool enough that for the second time this trip it made me wish I was the kind of guy who knew how to take apart and reassemble an engine A third opportunity may present itself shortly I m writing this as we drive toward the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn From Pittsburgh we drove non stop to Sandusky Ohio home of what everyone claims is the best amusement park around Cedar Point It definitely did not disappoint I realized only as we walked in that it d been many years since I d ridden a real roller coaster and I was slightly fearful that I d lost my capacity to be viscerally thrilled by it Strangely between the two of us Sarah s the bigger roller coaster fanatic and it was she who insisted we find the loop da loopiest one and make a beeline for it Even the soul suckingly long lines didn t diminish from the two minutes of terror joy we got from every ride Favorites Maverick and Millennium Force We left the park at 8pm in an effort to make it to a nearby drive in to see The Dark Knight Oh man oh man oh man Details to come It may not a touristy thing to do to see a movie on vacation but we re winding down and it was perfect for this last Saturday night One and a half more days to go and then incredibly inconceivably unimaginably we will be home COMMENTS Say something Name Remember Email http Message Navigate Go Home The Numbers 3260 miles driven 30 miles ridden by ferry 105 gallons of

    Original URL path: http://the.weisz.es/445/the-home-stretch (2016-02-16)
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