Influences

When I was pregnant with Madeline, I spent a lot of time looking through old photos of Mike and me. I’d take the images of our little faces and try to imagine what the little baby inside of me would look like. The 50% Portuguese, 25% Irish, & 25% German Mike plus the (not sure…

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Spirals

Binky is doing great. Plenty of amniotic fluid and excellent growth. She is actually measuring ahead of schedule, just like her sister always did. It was a very short visit with an even shorter ultrasound. The time in the waiting room was ten times longer than the time in the exam room. I am not…

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The Nurse

She was the first nurse we had the first time Madeline was re-admitted to the hospital after the NICU. She was the closest nurse in age to me, so I felt comfortable with her. She had a big easy smile, a quick laugh, and a gentle touch. Maddie loved her, and I did too. The…

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The New Old

On the morning of April 6th Heather and I woke up as part of a family. The next evening, April 7th, we returned home a couple. This was a cataclysmic shift in the dynamics of our home life, the kind of shift that, for most married couples, only happens after eighteen years or more when…

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Hand Me Downs

This last Christmas, Madeline was spoiled rotten. As the only girl on Mike’s family’s side, and the only grandchild in my family, the grandparents couldn’t help themselves no matter how many times we warned them not to go overboard. When we finally arrived home after two big family bashes, our car was so packed with…

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