Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Here’s an article I wrote for the Parenting in Portland newsletter. “Breast is best,” yet breast-feeding comes with challenges that are difficult to imagine before you become a mother. Support for breast-feeding is readily available through new moms’ groups, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, La Leche League, the Nursing Mothers’ Counsel of Oregon, […]

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The Little Guy: Let’s Wrap This Up

Preemie

Something’s been gnawing at me. No, it’s not just the Little Guy (though he is a biter, and I’m still trying to wean him). It’s the Little Guy’s Tale. Sometimes referred to as ‘The Pregnancy Saga,’ the Little Guy’s Tale is the narrative that originally formed the core of this blog. A multi-part epic of […]

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The Little Guy: Part 6, A Birthday

This is the sixth installment in the Little Guy’s Tale, which starts here. The last “episode” took place the weekend of my fiancé’s birthday. I had a complicated plan for his birthday. I was baking a vegan chocolate-peanut butter birthday cake, and bringing a very large surprise. It was a fountain. Obviously, in my delicate […]

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Resolve to Embrace those Guilty Pleasures

On New Year’s Eve three years ago, I resolved to embrace my guilty pleasures. I had entered a stage of “healthy hedonism.” Pedicures. Massages. The occasional drink. I had gotten divorced, I was dating a great guy, and I had finally learned to take care of myself. For once, I made three resolutions I could […]

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What Happened to Them?

She had been hemorrhaging throughout the first trimester. Her pregnancy, unplanned, could end at any time. Months earlier, she and her boyfriend decided they did not want to have a child. They had many reasons. They already had three kids from their previous marriages; three was plenty. They were getting older. She was in her […]

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