Wednesday, July 30, 2008

It's been a dark and stormy week here at chez Theo. In reality and metaphorically.

We have had crazy wind/rain/thunder/lightning storms over the last few days. Blowing trees down, knocking down power lines and leaving us in the dark. Fun times with a newborn.

This is hard. Really hard. I know it gets better. I do - really. You don't have to tell me.

Short version - it took a really long time for my milk to come. (Sunday - I gave birth on Tuesday). Theo was losing too much weight so we had to supplement with formula - which was hard. We had a hell of a time finding a lactation consultant on the weekend in the middle of summer, so we were left to our own inadequacies and anxieties about losing the chance to breastfeed vs. starving the baby. We have now gotten some great advice from some great sources and things are on the upswing. He also had his frenulum clipped because I noticed he was tongue-tied. That may or may not have made a bf difference. The metaphorical clouds are lifting - slowly, but lifting. My milk is here, just low, so we're on a two hour pumping regimen, which is why, yes, I am writing this at 1 am.

Birth story soon. I promise it's worth waiting for.

Friday, July 25, 2008


I should really be sleeping right now, but I couldn't resist...S. will post her story soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Guest Blogger (guess why)

   Theodore "Theo" Lee was born  this morning at 5:26 AM.  He's 8 lb, 10 oz, 20 3/4 inches long and has a beautiful pout.  S. was a total rock star.  A cervix ripener was inserted, but she didn't need to be induced after all because less than 12 hours later, it was all over.  Fast and fierce.  Everyone is happy and well, trying to rest after the surprise all-nighter.  Woo-hoo!
xox, Stacey

Monday, July 21, 2008


To be brief..

The fluid levels are low, so they are having us stay in the hospital to induce (blech) us. Will be there for a couple of days then hopefully be back with the baby!!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Thank heavens for friends with pools!

Our oh-so kind friends, one of whom is in my department in school and also pregnant (2 pregnant lesbian English teachers at the same time--our school doesn't know what to make of us!), invited us over their house to go swimming. Being nearly 6 weeks away from giving birth herself, our friend knows what a blessing the water is to the baby belly, so we spent the hot afternoon swimming in the pool. It felt sooooo good! And I'm sure even better for S., who feels weightless in the water. Other than that, we've been dealing with the heat better than usual. At least better than usual for me. I'm usually very cranky when it gets hot. Not only do I sweat, but my hair gets frizzy. NOT COOL! But our house has managed to stay tolerable, and we have a small pond here in town that is available when we get desperate. And then there's of course our kind friends who take pity on us, a week overdue without a pool in our own backyard.

So, that's all. No signs of anything else happening here. Just trying to stay cool.

I have, in the meantime, become obsessed with making things--food, I mean. I made my second loaf of bread and I think I'm addicted to baking it. Now, having picked three baseball bat-sized zucchini out of S.'s parents' garden tonight, I'm trying to figure out how to best preserve them for future use. It's a new kind of sickness!

Friday, July 18, 2008

What happened to my ticker baby, dammit!

Update - but not the kind you, I mean we, are hoping for...
Went to the midwife yesterday and my cervix is still high and closed, so much that she was unable to sweep the membranes. So, no natural induction for now. We have an ultrasound and appt. on Monday for a second try and to check fluid levels.

Believe it or not, we are not yet at the stage where we are considering induction. I have no interest in Pit*cin, so I'll put it off as long as possible. Pit can really lead a pregnancy to an ugly place. In fact, I don't even want to use castor oil - but will if it comes down to that. So for now, lots of walking, squats and nipple stim.

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Don't get the wrong idea. We're still waiting...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Kitchen Experiments

Nope, nope, nope. Just didn't want you all to think our lack of posts since Saturday meant something exciting had happened. We are just not that lucky yet! So, in the meantime, we have been preparing meals to freeze for when we come home from the hospital and are too dog-tired to think about preparing food. Our doula is an excellent cook, and since she has to hang out here until the baby is born, she's put herself to excellent use preparing wondrous things, which include two quiches (spinach and chedder and mushroom, leek, and swiss), latkes, turkey meat loaf (we ripped that idea from oneofhismoms--thanks!), and a lasagna. Just lovely and tasty.

I have also been occupying myself by doing some experiments in the kitchen. Some have been successful, others not so much. Inspired by Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I've been making some cheese. I made mozzarella and ricotta, and the ricotta is in the lasagna, cooling as I type. I put the mozzarella onto a pizza this weekend and it was quite tasty. Then I tried making bread. Well, I suck at that. I think I killed the yeast by accident so there wasn't much rising going on, so while the flavor of the bread was good, it was like eating a brick of bread. Oops. I just want something kind of light and artisinal-looking-anyone have any good breadmaking recipes or tips?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

More of the same

Nope, not yet. We went to a baby shower we thought we wouldn't ever be able to attend. We were so sure we wouldn't be there that we hadn't even RSVP'd! So we're just..


and waiting.. know. More waiting.

And why is the ticker starting to count backwards now? Ugh!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Check out that ticker. Wild.

So, what did you do on your due date?

I weeded the gardens, weed-whacked the yard, stained the decks (with C.'s help of course), replanted some plants....

What I did not do was go into labor. I guess the day's not over yet. Nothing happening here - but go cheer on my due date buddy. Lucky.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Still a'nuthin doing

No baby yet!

We had what we wanted to be our last midwife appointment today (alas, we made one for next Friday as well). They had offered to strip S.'s membranes at 40 weeks (we're just 2 days shy of 40) but we decided we'll only do that if we have to come back next week. It seemed like meddling to us, especially when she's not even overdue yet. But she has been sticking to a regime of evening primrose oil for some good prostaglandins (hopefully!). Who knows---we have people predicting we won't have the baby until the 18th on the full moon. But we don't want to wait a whole week! I know we have nothing to complain about yet. Two days left until the due date, and really, we know in our heads that first babies are anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks late. It's just in our hearts we wanted to meet him/her this weekend. But that could still happen! So we're just waiting in this yucky heat in the meantime, thinking of ways to pass the time, amuse ourselves, and stay cool. We're going to try eating some spicy Indian food tonight or tomorrow to see if we can't get this party started!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

It is our anniversary today, S. and I. Not of when we met or hooked up or started dating officially or even when we started blogging, but of our actual LEGAL marriage here in Massachusetts. I am still overwhelmed at the privilege this state of ours allows us, being just one of two in this whole big screwed-up country. It's nice to have company now though, I have to say (thanks, California!). It was a beautiful day weather-wise--not too hot, but sunny and bright and beautiful. Not like today, which is cloudy and overcast. Today we cleaned the stove, picked up our kitchen from our pie- and strawberry jam-making extravaganza (pics to come--they are very red!). Three years ago we smiled in white dresses and held flowers and felt content and happy with our small, close crowd of our family and best friends who came to watch us do something rather unique. Now we are waiting on pins and needles for something even more amazing to happen. We hope it will happen quite soon, but it would be nice to not have to share our anniversary with our baby's birthday!

So much love and happiness to share I can't quite say it, except that no one else I know would come pick 20 pounds of strawberries with me and help cook it into jam. Happy 3rd anniversary, lovie!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

TWO well-earned victories. We've been sending positive thoughts for soo long. And finally.... CONGRATS LADIES! I love when the lesbian fertility universe gets it right. We are so happy for you all.