Medical Mysteries

Even though Mike and I are certain we are 100% done having kids, we were not ready for me to take the permanent step of a tubal ligation during my c-section. I drove Dr. Risky crazy, though, because I’d make jokes like, “Feel free to take out my uterus when you’re in there, I won’t…

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More Questions

Heather wrote yesterday about how Annie asked her some questions about death, and I thought she did a good job answering them. Perhaps naively, I assumed that Heather’s answers would satisfy Annie for a while, but as it turned out Annie was only getting started. Annie is still in swim lessons, and yesterday Heather’s Mom,…

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What Death Means

Two days ago I made the mistake of mentioning to Annabel that the next day was my grandmother’s birthday. Mistake because when you say the words “birthday tomorrow” to Annabel, you have to be prepared to deliver on the cake and celebration. Annie started asking when we were going to buy her a present, what…

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Lemons Into Lemonade

After her unsuccessful lemonade stand last week, I promised Annie that we would try again. My friend Tara and I made a plan to have a stand in her busier neighborhood, thinking Annie would be happy with more traffic/customers. After Annie and I whipped up a new batch of fresh lemonade, she, James, and I…

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All Wet

Before James was born I was pretty amused by how nervous Heather was about the prospect of having to change his diapers. She’d heard a lot of horror stories – about baby boys peeing in their parents‘ faces, for example – and wanted none of it. “You’re not worried?” Heather asked me one night. “Worried?…

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