On finding our future. August 30, 2011
A couple months before we conceived Charlotte, I told Donald that I wanted to adopt.  That I thought it was time. He knew this, of course.  He had always known.  Adoption is in my bones.  Years ago when my husband and →MORE...

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Still amazed. August 29, 2011
Every day, my daughter amazes me. When she was still inside my belly, her heart beating alongside my own, I was amazed by her movements.  A squirm here, a kick there, the thundering whoosh whoosh whoosh on the Doppler. When she →MORE...

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Over. August 26, 2011
This is what my miscarriage came down to: a bunch of tissue that my body simply refused to pass.  My bleeding slowed to spotting, my uterus stopped cramping, but my hormone levels remained stable and the tissue clung tight. “Here’s the →MORE...

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She has a point. August 25, 2011

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On recovering: the first ten days after my miscarriage. August 24, 2011
The first ten days after we lost Aurora went like this: I bled.  I slept.  I starved.  I wept.  I bled some more. There was a lot of blood.  Over the span of a day, I lost an estimated two-plus pints →MORE...

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Letter to my COODIE PIE: 25 months. August 22, 2011
Dear Charlotte, Nearly a century ago, an essayist named Marcel Proust put his pen to a paper and wrote this: If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream →MORE...

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Thanks. August 20, 2011
Today I want to come here and thank you. Thank you for sharing in our excitement when we announced our pregnancy.  I could not believe the outpouring of joy, the sheer number of people who already cherished this baby as we →MORE...

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Charlotte and Tyrone sitting in a tree. August 18, 2011
Halfway through last Thursday morning, I knew that I was losing the baby and I was too weak to stand so I called Donald at work and he came home.  While we were waiting for him, I found “The Backyardigans” on →MORE...

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Aurora’s tree. August 16, 2011
We have an apple tree for our first child.  I find immense solace in this tree.  I talk to it.  I tell it stories and I sing it songs and when I brought Charlotte home from the hospital, I took her →MORE...

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An update on our reality. August 15, 2011
The bleeding has almost stopped now, so that I am able to wear panty-liners instead of pads made to soak up the ocean, and I can not only stand! upright! but do this novel thing called HOLDING A CONVERSATION while at →MORE...

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How I told my two-year-old. August 12, 2011
    -  Kisses baby!  Baby kisses in Momma’s belly!    -  Oh, sweetheart.  I’m really sorry, but the baby isn’t in Momma’s belly anymore.    -  Yes!  Baby!  In Momma’s belly!    -  No, love.  Remember how Momma was very →MORE...

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Not the update I wanted to write about. August 11, 2011
After all of that elation, yesterday afternoon I began to twinge and cramp and spot.  The bleeding stopped within an hour, then picked up overnight, and continued into this morning.  The cramps ended during the night sometime. When I was six →MORE...

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Wow. August 10, 2011
First and foremost, THANK YOU.  Each and every one of you.  Thank you to family who kept our secret for a few exhilarating days.  Thank you to friends who called and shrieked in my ear.  Thank you to every person who →MORE...

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New. August 08, 2011
Every child begins the world again…  - Henry David Thoreau *** If you don’t mind, I’d appreciate a vote: click here.  You can vote once each day.  Thanks!  (Click the owl on the left).

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Last night I learned Parenting Lesson Number 7,129,412. August 05, 2011
When we met up with friends at the park yesterday afternoon, I realized about an hour into the playdate that I’d forgotten to bring a wet-bag.  At the very same time that this dawned on me, I saw another mother rolling →MORE...

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No liking it. August 04, 2011
A couple weeks ago when Charlotte encountered her first bully I taught her that although we cannot control how other people behave, we can control how we react.  I told her that it is always important to stand up for ourselves →MORE...

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We went to Huntington Beach and still no t-shirt. August 03, 2011
I am not a beach person, which makes me a sorry excuse for a southern Californian, but there it is.  I hate burning my feet on hot sand.  I hate the film salt water leaves on my skin.  I hate combing →MORE...

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And his name is Hercules. August 03, 2011
A friend of Donald’s recently borrowed his truck to move some furniture and the following morning he turned up at our house with this little fluffernugget for Charlotte.  We named him Hercules.  He is impossible to catch when loose and is →MORE...

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World, go get yourself a two-year-old. August 01, 2011
Overheard last night when Donald was setting Charlotte down for the night:     -  Lub you, Daddy!     -  I love you too, sweetheart.     -  Lub you too!     -  Yes, I love you too!   →MORE...

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