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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 »

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 »

Odds and optimism: Building a family after the loss of a child

Odds and optimism: Building a family after the loss of a child
Odds are sort of an odd concept for Joe and me. When I was about 10 weeks pregnant with Nathan, I got a call from a nurse at my OB’s office. Blood tests from my visit two weeks earlier — my first official prenatal visit — showed that I was a carrier for a genetic... Read more »
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About your future family: A letter to my second child

About your future family: A letter to my second child
Dear Future Kid: Hello! My name is Christy, and I’m going to be your mom someday. I don’t know when you might arrive, or how — you haven’t been formed yet. But I believe in your future as part of our family. I believe I’ll get to take you home and be your parent for... Read more »

Strength, courage and love at the end of the sidewalk

Strength, courage and love at the end of the sidewalk
Throughout my wife’s pregnancy, I would read to our unborn baby before going to bed. Sometimes it would be a fairy tale. Sometimes it would be the Berenstain Bears. Sometimes it would be one of the thick baby books meant more for chewing than reading. But my favorite thing to read to our baby were... Read more »

Not how the picture is supposed to develop

Not how the picture is supposed to develop
I had just this image in my head: I would finish a race–maybe this time it was a 5K; next time it would be a marathon–and I would walk over to my where my husband was waiting for me and scoop my baby from his arms and give my little boy a kiss. I’ve envisioned... Read more »
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An ode to running for two

An ode to running for two
I started running when I was in junior high, and for 20 years, running has been my “thing.” I stink at most sports — definitely anything involving a ball or any other implement — but I can run. Which is fantastic, because running doesn’t demand good weather, or equipment other than good shoes, or rounding up other people... Read more »

On rocking chairs and panic attacks on my 33rd birthday

On rocking chairs and panic attacks on my 33rd birthday
I spent the night before my 33rd birthday building a rocking chair. Gray. Nice fabric. Comfortable. Full of splinters when putting it together. A fairly typical rocking chair. I fit the pieces together, inserted screws so that it couldn’t turn into a Transformer on a whim and placed it in the corner of our nursery. Today... Read more »

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid

Really getting real: Another letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid, Hi again! It’s your future mom. Whew, this is quite a journey, isn’t it? I feel like we’ve been going for about a year and a half, even though it’s been only 7 months and some change. You seem as antsy as I am; I think we sometimes we both feel like asking,... Read more »
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Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid

Sorry in advance and other thoughts: A letter to my unborn kid
Dear Kid: Hello! How are you? I’ve read that you are the size of a mango this week. Good for you! Keep on growin’. This might be a bit premature, but I’ve been doing some thinking over the past few months, and I wanted to write you a letter before your dad and I meet... Read more »