Posted in February 2013

A note to Kate, re. the Royal Bump

A note to Kate, re. the Royal Bump

Darling Kate, Given recent events, it seems a good time to sit down over some tea and scones to offer a bit of friendly advice from someone older and wiser in the ways of pregnancy. (I am, after all, a month ahead of you.) Think of this as a concerned colonial’s note to a future queen. Continue reading

How to make a sprogged-up gal feel special

How to make a sprogged-up gal feel special

It isn’t too hard to win over a pregnant lady. No, it doesn’t have to involve food (although that helps) and foot rubs (ditto). Rather, with all of this weird body-morphing and life-changing going on, the most touching moments can be the simplest. Presenting three examples from this week: Continue reading

A small slice of childhood, from me to them

A small slice of childhood, from me to them

They are small and inconsequential, these mementos from childhood. A tiny necklace here. A dull money box there. A book, out of date, with your parent’s handwriting on the opening page. These are the things that shaped your early life, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll shape lives after yours. Continue reading

Overcoming the fear of complications

Overcoming the fear of complications

So we found out earlier this week that I have a shortened cervix. Since then, I’ve been resting more often and leaving the snow unshovelled, as per the doctor’s orders. But I’ve just realized that I’ve been doing something else as well: mentally tracking the movement of the nubbins to make sure they are, in … Continue reading

A real kick in the guts

A real kick in the guts

Ta-daa!! Finally, the Pretzels are making their presence felt and not just seen. We had our first kicks on the weekend! It was both completely expected and a total surprise. Pregnancy books say to expect to feel your first baby between 18 and 20 weeks (earlier for subsequent progeny). On top of that, I’ve had … Continue reading

Going public with the Pretzel Project

Going public with the Pretzel Project

Things have suddenly gotten serious around here. What was until now a largely anonymous account of pregnancy written to keep friends and family up to date with shenanigans, as of today I am now the incumbent blogger for Today’s Parent magazine’s Pregnant Pause blog. Buckle in, folks. We’re going public! It’s a daunting task, but … Continue reading

Nature’s way of prepping me for parenthood

Nature’s way of prepping me for parenthood

I am tired. And sore. Despite handfuls of lists helpfully titled “Things they don’t tell you about pregnancy”, it seems there are still lots of things that, well, they don’t tell you about parenting. So here’s another list of what other things you can expect when you’re expecting. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Continue reading

The Protein Challenge

The Protein Challenge

It’s hard to track down a recommended daily protein intake for twin pregnancy, but the majority of books and websites seem to come in between 130g to 170g per day. PER DAY!!! For the sake of rudimentary and somewhat unspecific science, I’m tracking my food intake for a day, in a bid to hit a protein home run. Let’s see how I do. Continue reading