Posts in category "Columns"

Pregnancy after loss: Third trimester – the home stretch, again

Pregnancy after loss: Third trimester – the home stretch, again
This post is my third of three trimester posts during my second pregnancy. For my fellow pregnancy-after-loss parents – current, future and previous – in hopeful solidarity. It is 2:09 a.m. and my worry is starting to subside, now that I feel assured that the baby in my belly is still alive. It’s a rough night; some of them... Read more »

Pregnancy after loss: Second trimester – is 'excited' the right word?

Pregnancy after loss: Second trimester – is 'excited' the right word?
This post is the second of three trimester posts I have written during my second pregnancy. Yesterday’s and tomorrow’s posts are from my first and now third trimesters, respectively. For my fellow pregnancy-after-loss parents – current, future and previous – in hopeful solidarity.  “Are you just so excited?” I’ve heard it multiple times since Joe and I announced this... Read more »

Pregnancy after loss: First trimester – how it's different

Pregnancy after loss: First trimester – how it's different
This post is the first of three trimester entries I have written during my second pregnancy. It’s from February, during my first trimester. The posts that will follow in the next two days are from my second and now third trimesters, respectively. For my fellow pregnancy-after-loss parents – current, future and previous – in hopeful... Read more »
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The marvelousness of “On the Night You Were Born”

The marvelousness of “On the Night You Were Born”
I was lucky enough to have parents who read to me often when I was a child. I remember my mom reading “We’re Taking an Airplane Trip” before our first family trip to Florida when I was 5, and my dad reading the Sunday comic strips (“the funnies,” as they of course were called) to... Read more »

Hope in motion

Hope in motion
Is it too early to take stock of 2015? The sight of Advent calendars at the grocery store (only a month until you can start eating a month’s worth of stale chocolate!) has me thinking about last December and the wish I expressed then that I would infuse more genuine optimism into my ways and days... Read more »

On falling asleep and waking up

Each day, we fall asleep. Each day, we wake up. Sometimes we struggle to fall asleep, our thoughts preventing us from nodding off. Sometimes we wake up grumpy, hair tied in knots, baring our fangs at the rising sun. Sometimes we fall asleep easily, barely remembering our head even hitting the pillow. Sometimes we wake... Read more »
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Enduring all things

Enduring all things
Written July 6, 2015. Sharing today in memory of Nathan Joseph, 8/24/14-8/26/14. Yesterday we buried Nate’s ashes. We divided them between two places, placing some just under the mulch around his tree at the arboretum and some in our garden against the back of the house. The spot in our garden is under a decorative... Read more »

On being a hopeful, thankful father on the 1st Father's Day after the death of my son

On being a hopeful, thankful father on the 1st Father's Day after the death of my son
I remember softly singing a nursery rhyme to my 1-day-old son in his hospital room in the hours before he passed away. The made-up lyrics are buried somewhere in the recesses of my mind, but I still can hear the tune in my head. It is a tune that both comforts and haunts me. It... Read more »

Boston, running and waiting

Boston, running and waiting
I haven’t felt this antsy since just before I started maternity leave. As I write this, I’m 10 days out from the Boston Marathon. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been ticking off the days until Joe, my dad and I head out East. My longest training run, a 20-miler last Saturday, is done. All... Read more »
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Reflections on the first snowfall of the year

Reflections on the first snowfall of the year
I woke up this Sunday morning to the first snowfall of the year. And while I usually am the grumpiest of grumps when it comes to snowfall, for some reason I thought it was quite nice this time. I settled myself on the couch in the living room and looked out the window at the... Read more »