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Leo's birth (and aftermath)!

Executive summary:
11 hours of labor
10 minutes of pushing

Leo's stats:
7 lb, 6 oz.
19.5 inches
Apgar 9 and 9
40w4d gestation
Born Tuesday, November 6, at 3:52 p.m.


Birth details (not particularly gory): )

Postpartum hemorrhage, non-gory details )

Postpartum hemorrhage, the gory detail )

A final personal note )

(For reference, here is the birth story from my older son's birth.)
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So far today, I have:

- Snuggled with a sleeping Leo.
- Painted a pumpkin with Sam.
- Taken pictures of the lovely Japanese maple tree in the yard.
- Chatted with a neighbor.
- Not slept very much.
- Drank a lot of coffee (related to previous item).

All good for the soul. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Little Leo was born on Election Day! November 6, 2012, at 3:52 p.m. Only four days late this time! 7 lb 6 oz, 19.5 inches long, full head of dark hair, and totally adorable.

I'll post a longer birth story later, but in short: between his perfect position (anterior) and it being the second child, giving birth was no problem. The postpartum hemorrhage (AGAIN), not so much.

We're all settling in at home. Sam is a very sweet big brother. Nursing is going well. I actually got a three-hour chunk of sleep last night, and some coffee this morning, so my brain is almost working.

Leo!
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  1. As many of you have heard, [bugaloo] (short for [untitled 2: electric boogaloo] -- I spelled it wrong originally and it stuck) is a boy! We're very excited, mostly because now we can CLEAN OUT THE BASEMENT and go through all of S's baby clothes.

  2. My first thought when I saw that fetus penis was, "Oh, hell no, I am not cleaning toilets with three boys in this house." (I clean the bathrooms and E cleans the kitchen, mostly because E can't clean the bathrooms to my standard, and I can't clean the kitchen to his.)

  3. Explaining to S that we know the baby is a boy, but that the baby isn't here yet, is a bit trickier than I thought it would be.

  4. When I was younger, I thought a lot about what girls need in order to be confident and feminist in this world. Now, though, I'm excited that we have the chance to raise well-rounded, confident, feminist boys in this world.

  5. This morning, I told S that today we were going to find out if the baby was going to be a boy or a girl. He responded, clear as could be, "Maybe it's a goy!" His first wordplay! That's definitely the first time I've heard him combine two words like that to make a new one and/or to be funny. Plus, there's the added bonus of the unintentional multi-lingual pun, as S and [bugaloo] and I are all in fact goyim. I am very excited about this major milestone!


Have a great weekend, everyone!
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Things here are going well!
  1. As many of you have heard on other social media platforms, I'm pregnant! 12 weeks along (due in early November). The queasiness has been manageable (hooray for ginger ale and crackers); the fatigue has not.
  2. Three of my cousins are pregnant right now, too, with due dates in June, August, and September. The family reunion in 2013 is going to be so much fun.
  3. We are going to find out the sex, if only to make it easier to explain to S. But neither E nor I has a preference, and I was kind of delighted that E said it was "trivial". The values we want to instill in our kids are independent of gender. (Also, we are both of the opinion that birth order factors into personality more than gender does.)
  4. I started reading the Norse mythology in Bulfinch's, as preparation for our trip to Norway. My brother had warned me that it was depressing. I'm not sure I'd call it depressing, just . . . does Thor do anything other than go around and bash giants on the head with his hammer? Eh, I'll read some more on the next rainy night.
  5. On a political note, I am delighted that a ballot initiative to overturn the death penalty in California has made it onto the November 2012 ballot. (As California enacted the death penalty by ballot initiative, it can only be overturned by ballot initiative.) But I don't want to get my hopes up and be disappointed if it fails. Sigh.
  6. And back on a happier note, S remains hilarious and delightful. His current obsession is "yardwork", which he defines as hitting plants with a stick. And when he pretends that we're all in a car, he insists that we all put our seatbelts on. Aw!


Hope you're all having a great week!
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Well before I had kids, I used to joke that I'd want to take maternity leave when the kids were, say 6-12 months old, or 12-18 months old. They're just much more fun at that age!

I finally got a job, after a long time looking, applying and interviewing for a range of positions. I start on April 11. Sam will be 18 months old on April 16.

(All I'm saying about it publicly is that it's not an academic position.)
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Sam is nine months old (as of yesterday!), and the past month and a half have been a blast. Sometime in there he's shifted from interacting with us to communicating with us. We have exchanges of blowing raspberries at each other. He'll shake his head back and forth, and get very excited if we do that back at him. He's started high-fiving and waving (next up: the terrorist fist jab), and is starting to understand when to wave. All these exchanges make him very happy.

It's all very cool, because he's not talking, but it seems like these are all ways of us telling each other, "Hello! I am here! You are here! I love you!"

Also, he is properly crawling, although he's still faster at the inchworm method.

He is also still crazy kicking all the time. Here's the most recent video of him kicking, behind the cut:
kicky Sam! )

Seriously, he is crazy active, as can be seen in all these videos. I guess it's no surprise, as he was always a very wriggly fetus. Maybe, uh, I should cut back on the caffeine?

Right! Life is good! I know I keep saying this, but 9 months is a very fun age.
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Sam is very, very close to crawling -- he often gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth. Occasionally, he'll move one of his hands. More rarely, he'll try moving a knee. He must be close to putting it all together.

There are some other cool developments lately:

  • He was playing with two toys so that they were interacting with each other (holding a block and hitting it with a giraffe). There have been plenty of times that he's been holding two toys, but this was new. It's never even occurred to me that it was a specific and advanced skill until I saw him do it for the first time.
  • I think he's figuring out various signs of affection. He'll give you a giant grin if you kiss his forehead.
  • He's starting to figure out waving.
  • He's figuring out how to clap! So much fun. He loves it when I lay on the floor next to him and clap. He'll totally get the Michigan fight song by fall.


And that's all in the last two weeks! Dang. What's really surprising is that he's also teething, and he's still sleeping well!

(7 1/2 months old! Such a fun age.)
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I didn't manage the four-month-update, because I was too busy. In a related note, I've been back at work for a month now.

How Sam's doing )

How I'm doing )

Obligatory adorable picture of Sam )
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2009 was quite a year! (I'll do a wrap-up of the decade later, maybe.) Here's the end-of-the-year meme, which I also did in 2006 and 2008. I know that the answers will be heavily on the family side, but I did spend the entire year either pregnant or taking care of a newborn.

2009 )

Happy New Year, everyone! May 2010 bring you lots of wonderful times.
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Sam will be two months old tomorrow! And it will be a crazy day -- doctor's appointment (with shots, lucky guy) and traveling down to L.A. Then his first plane ride is on Thursday, to my parents' for Christmas!

How Sam's doing )

How I'm doing )

Obligatory picture of Sam )
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There are many things I love about breastfeeding. The fact that the resultant poop is water-soluble is definitely in the top five.

We had a nice Thanksgiving with the eeee!'s family, but it's good to be back home. I have plans for leaving the house (with Sam in tow) for nearly every day this week. And, I've figured out the sling, so I was able to procure lunch while he dozed off in it. Hooray!

Now, I just need to not panic about the fact that we leave in a mere 2 1/2 weeks for my parents' for Christmas. Egad!

One month!

Nov. 17th, 2009 01:10 pm
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Yesterday, Sam turned one month old!

This has been the fastest month of my life.

Progress report, for my reference )
And right now he's sleeping on my chest as I type, so I'm pretty happy and cozy right now.
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We seem to be doing pretty well here! Sam is wonderful and adorable, and eating like a champ! We're only partly sleep-deprived, and we've been eating real food (thanks in part to friends bringing stuff). However, the eeee! goes back to work tomorrow, so we'll see what happens then.


  1. Not that I had any doubt, but the eeee! is such an awesome, affectionate, and patient dad. Plus, he's been changing all the diapers when he's home.

  2. Breastfeeding is going very well. Hooray!

  3. We had our first real family outing yesterday, to the farmer's market. That was lots of fun, because it got us out of the house, and we ran into several friends there, but it wasn't overstimulating for Sam.

  4. Doc seems to be handling things pretty well, considering.

  5. There are still one or two feedings a day that are tough, because Sam is super-fussy, but I have a surprising amount of time to read while I feed him. The caveat is that I can only really read on my iPhone while nursing. I finally installed Stanza, which has a really nice interface, and easily plugs into the entire Project Gutenberg database. I've already read Anne of the Island -- my favorite of the Anne books -- and I've picked up Howard's End again.

  6. That said, any blog recommendations would be welcome.

  7. I will not be reading Parenting magazine. I got a free issue of it in the mail, and made it about ten pages in before chucking it into the recycling bin. I'm not sure if I'm more annoyed that they asked if a vegetarian diet was cruel to kids, or that 65% of the respondents said yes. WTF, people? And in the print edition they had a few responses from people, and they were along the lines of, "Preschoolers need nutrients and protein!" Look, just because no one on Top Chef knows about vegetarian protein sources doesn't mean they don't exist! Aaaargh.

  8. I've been making sure to have a cup of tea every morning, and a glass of wine or a beer every evening (right after a feeding), as a way of keeping my sanity. Maybe sanity isn't the right word, but normalcy. Or just making sure that I take care of myself, in addition to taking care of Sam.


Has it really only been three weeks? We really seem to have settled into a cozy unit -- right now all four of us are on the couch, watching football and enjoying a lazy Sunday morning.
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I was aiming for a natural childbirth, and I came very close to it being all-natural. The whole process was great until the last five minutes, but I wouldn't change anything else.

The executive summary:
17 hours of active labor
3 hours of pushing
1 push with vacuum assistance (this part was not fun)

Sam's stats:
7 lb, 1 oz.
20 inches
Apgar 8 and 9
Posterior, the little bugger!
41w5d gestation. Oy.
Born Friday, October 16, at 10:06 p.m.

Details, and a cute picture, behind the cut )
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I am delighted to announce that Samuel Harris R was born on Friday, October 16, at 10:06 p.m. 7 lb, 1 oz; 20 inches long; 41 weeks 5 days gestation; 100% adorable. We're all home and settling in just fine. Gory details to come later, but the whole labor process was kind of awesome.

Pictures below the cut )
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The Jesusita Fire is still burning, but the winds last night were calmer than expected. If the winds pick up again tonight, our friends' house will likely be in the path of the fire, which is nerve-wracking. But a lot of progress on the fire has been made -- it's certainly less smoky here than it was yesterday -- so we're crossing our fingers and toes.

So, a few other tentatively good things going on:
  1. We leave a month from today for our trip to Denmark! When we were planning the trip, I had been a bit nervous about how I'd be feeling, since I'll be about 5 months along then. People had told me that the second trimester is a breeze, but that's different than experiencing it myself. Anyway, given how I feel now, I am looking forward to the trip with no hesitation! My energy levels are back to normal, and I don't think I will have trouble maneuvering with my belly, or anything. (My belly is definitely at the point where I'm always conscious of it, and it slightly affects how I sit. But it's not at the point where people will immediately guess that I'm pregnant.)

  2. And oh, my conference in Italy begins two months from today! I am curious as to how I will feel when I am six months pregnant. Whatever. This should be good motivation for actually doing some damn prenatal yoga.

  3. I'm not sure I fully understand the focus of the Trifter website, but an article on Mt. Popa used two of my pictures, with mostly proper attribution. (I have to check Creative Commons to see if my name should be listed there, but I'm generally not bothered as long as there's a link.) Anyway, nifty!

  4. Things might improve for the Penguins now that they're playing at home? Oof.

  5. If you like sports, TV, and smart women talking about those things -- as I know many of you do -- you should listen to Play Ball, my SIL's podcast!


Right, back to work. (What? You mean it didn't end with the defense?)

Back home!

Apr. 27th, 2009 09:37 am
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It's nice to be back home in California!

While we were traveling, we ate out every day for lunch and dinner (obviously). And while it was nice to get food that we can't get here -- specifically, Middle Eastern and Southern Indian -- I get so tired of eating out all the time. We felt like we had to detox, and I was never so happy to have lentils and rice as I was last night. The rest of our menu for the week is meatless and fairly low on dairy.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, after the defense we went to lunch with my parents. There were tons of graduation cards (and gifts) from them and from other family members. Aw! Then, we met them at our hotel before dinner, and they showed up with half a dozen gift bags full of baby stuff. OH MY GOD. Way back when I had told my mom I was pregnant she bought a ton of baby stuff. There were onesies and socks and washcloths and hooded towels and maternity shirts and a baby carrier. Then, while they were in Michigan, they hit up an M-Den and got Michigan shirts (including a onesie with a baby wolverine on it!) and socks and such! The best was a set of Steelers footie pajamas from my brother that had stars on it. Astronomy + Steelers = Win. Kudos, A. We were not expecting any of this, and we were totally blown away by all of it.

I'm now half-rethinking our desire to find out the sex of the child (May 11 is the u/s!). We're very impatient people. But unisex baby clothes with baby animal motifs are so freaking adorable -- much cuter than frilly pink GIRL stuff or butch blue BOY stuff. Well, we can still buy cute unisex clothes even after we know the sex.

We hadn't bought any baby stuff yet, so now it all seems much more real. Like, there's going to be a real live baby wearing these clothes, and we have to take care of it! Eeep!

In other news, I'm still dragging a bit after a week of antibiotics (although at least my ears are no longer bothering me). I hope it's not swine flu.
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January, 1979. My mother finds out she's pregnant (with me!) right before the Super Bowl. Although she's annoyed* that she can't drink at the party, she is delighted at the Steelers' exciting victory over the Cowboys.

* * *


January, 2009. I find out I'm pregnant right before the Super Bowl. Although I cannot drink at the party, I am delighted by the Steelers' exciting victory over the Cardinals.


* * *


And, of course, excited and gleeful about this pregnancy! Everything so far looks healthy, I haven't had morning sickness (hooray!), and I'm due sometimes between Sept. 29 and Oct. 4, depending on which ultrasound you believe.

Anyway. Uh. So that's what I've been up to -- writing my thesis and gestating another human being.

* Seriously, anytime Super Bowl XIII comes up, my mother always says to me, "I had just found out I was pregnant with you and was annoyed that I couldn't drink!" It's the standard refrain. So instead of flat-out telling her I was pregnant, I tried to elicit this line from her, first. Unfortunately, I underestimated her capacity for Steelers trivia, so we went round in circles talking about the Rams and the Cowboys (while the eeee! looked on in exasperation) before she finally said it. I replied, "So then you should be sympathetic to the fact that I won't be drinking for this game!" She gasped, "Are you pregnant?" "YES!" Okay, you maybe had to be there.
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Today is our second wedding anniversary. Wheee!

I would have something insightful to say, but I'm copping out again. This time it's because today has been completely insane for both of us, for work reasons. And we have a flight at 6 a.m. tomorrow, meaning we have to get up at some ungodly hour whose name I will not speak. (At least I'm all packed! The eeee! is not.) (But it's worth it, because we're traveling for [livejournal.com profile] vja2's wedding, hooray!)

Anyway. In lieu of anything insightful, I will share this talk by Joss Whedon:


Because I cannot explain how awesome the eeee! is. But when Joss Whedon talks about his father and step-father, he could be talking about the eeee! right there.

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