I met this week with a great OB/GYN. We met for a consult after he had finished with his patients for the day, and we ended up talking for almost an hour. He wanted to know why I was considering changing doctors, and he explained his pregnancy/childbirth philosophies to me. He is a smart man - a Baylor-trained physician - who also, as he says, “worked with the midwives for seven...
Heaven = Black cherry Berripop frozen yogurt with chocolate rocks and Reese’s peanut butter cups toppings
The one where my parents tried to tempt my husband
Booth was going to Dallas for a couple of days and would be staying with my parents. Last night I was on the phone with my mom and helping her decide where to take Booth for dinner.
Me: I know you guys are all tired after a long week. Maybe you should go somewhere low-key, like grab some barbeque.
Mom: That's a good idea. There's a really good BBQ place by the movie theatre that is like Hooter's.
Mom: It's not Hooter's, but the girls wear really skimpy outfits so it's like Hooters. Garry, what's the name of that restaurant?
Me: You're taking my husband to a restaurant where the waitresses wear really skimpy clothes?! Booth forgot his wedding ring at home!
Mom: Well, he'll be with us.
Me: Well, if you want to take my husband to a Hooter's-type restaurant when he has a pregnant wife at home, go right ahead.
(End note: They ended up ordering a pizza).
To risk a C-section or not risk a C-section
I had heard through the grapevine that the hospital I’m currently delivering at has a very high C-section rate. They apparently have procedures in place that push you toward a C-section if there are any complications or delays during delivery. I would certainly prefer to deliver vaginally if possible and only have a C-section if it’s medically necessary, even if it means I have to be...
my, that's a pleasant thought
Me, filling up my prescription this morning: Can you tell me if my prenatal vitamin has iron in it? Because I've been feeling very tired lately. I'm about 23 weeks.
Pharmacist: Honey, you're going to be tired for the rest of your life.
2009 Best List
Some of my “bests” from the past year: Best movie: Inglourious Basterds - nothing else came close this year Best book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell - especially reading the chapter about airplane crashes when I was on a bumpy flight from L.A. to Maui one dark and stormy night. It was like a real-life, multi-sensory adventure. Best weekend: When Booth surprised me with a weekend...
Death of the Slush Pile →
Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about the “Death of the Slush Pile” - how getting in the door for first-time authors is harder than ever. The author blamed publishers’ fears of plagiarism threats, lay-offs in the publishing world and with literary agencies, the general low-yield of quality work in the slush pile to justify the cost and time spent reading the...
Last night, it was a lovely night It was rainy and cold And we laid in bed Laughing to a romantic comedy Eating sweet cherries And taking turns Holding our hands over my belly Feeling the little one Wiggle and twist Inside of me.
I had surgery today (of the acne variety)
So I had this growth behind my ear for several months. I couldn’t see it, but my husband was concerned - it had a weird surface, and my skin is snow white. So I scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist to have it checked out. I was on the examining table and explained to the dermatologist where it was. He started looking behind my ear, and he said, “This black …?”...
I can’t think of anything more heartbreaking than suffering a heartbreak...– The wise Carolyn Hax, advice-columnist extraordinare
This is a little discouraging . . .
A career woman who voluntarily quits her job for two to three years in order to take care of a child or an elderly parent stands to lose 18 percent of her lifetime earning power, according to my research. Her unencumbered male peers, on the other hand, surge ahead in pay.
We made our first foray into a baby store yesterday, and we survived! It was a bit overwhelming when we first walked in — with mini “room” displays and different colored price tags on cribs (if there were prices at all). There was one saleslady on the floor, who was helping another couple. Booth asked what I thought, and I said I just wanted to know what all this stuff cost! ...
Yesterday, we received two very important items in the mail. An ice cream/frozen yogurt maker … And a prego pillow to snuggle up with after my tummy is full from all that ice cream. I told Booth I wanted a homemade ice cream maker, and I’m impressed with the one he found. According to the website, it’s a “commercial quality ice cream maker [that] has a built-in...
I spent the afternoon working on my wedding scrapbook … almost 2 years post-wedding. I figured I better crank this sucker out before the baby comes so I don’t have a baby book and wedding book on my to-do list. These little angels kept me company while I worked.
getting a puppy when you're 5 months pregnant is...
… I can bet that whenever I have to go to the bathroom, he probably has to go potty too.
Darn, Mary Karr’s reading is sold out. I’m reading Lit right now and really enjoy it. I may try to go standby.
What's in a name?
Lately we have been thinking about names. If Booth had his way, the baby would be a Junior: Booth Wiley Jr. I never thought I would have a Junior, but I also never thought I would marry a man with such a cool name. And they’re both family names, so they have some heritage and significance. But what would we call it? Big Booth and Little Booth sounds silly. I don’t want to call...
At 21 Weeks
I’ve added 13 pounds to this body of mine (Much of it seemingly affixed to my chest, which has grown so large that it is eliciting politically incorrect comments and stares from colleagues and friends —all women). I felt you kick at 17 weeks And now the movements come in waves Quiet, then sudden somersaults I like when you move. I occasionally feel at my stomach Searching to feel...
Nurseries part II
Nurseries I love (or aspects of nurseries I think...
I like everything about this nursery, especially the colors and chandelier! I love the wall of vintage Popeye wallpaper, giraffe toy, and rustic wood. I love the colors, rug, painting, and overall modern feel. Booth likes this one too. I like the grown-up maps. I like the statement rug and plush, squeezable toys.