Dogwood Girl

Question of the Day

Can Joe T. handle the pressure? We’ll see. . . four hours till kickoff. In the meantime, Todd and I are taking Rollie and Matilda to the Grant Park zoo for Boo at the Zoo. Should be. . .really tame, as compared with a number of my Halloweens in the past. Let’s see: Daylight. No drugs or alcohol. I’m not… Read more →

Queries for the AAP

Queries for the American Academy of Pediatrics: How many hours of the same Thomas the Tank Engine episode can a 26 month-old toddler view before his brain begins to melt out of his ears? What are the American Academy of Pediatrics standards for duct-taping a pacifier onto a three-week old’s mouth? Thanks in advance,Harried Mother Read more →

40 Weeks, 4 Days

Had my second appointment of the week. Still no changes in my cervix, baby performed well on the non-stress test, and still no contractions. We discussed the situation, and the fact that they will induce me next week if I haven’t gone into labor by then. I have an appointment for Monday at 10:45 am. They will do the Biophysical… Read more →


We were sitting at the dinner table a couple of nights ago. I am half a week past my estimated due date, mind you. Dinner is always a cheerful affair around here, with Rollie entertaining Todd and I with his latest word mispronunciation, gesture, or facial expression. We were taking turns prompting him to say words that we think are… Read more →

40 Weeks, 2 Days

I had my 40-week appointment this morning. Pee and BP normal, weight down two pounds. They did an NST. Baby showed the right amount of hr acceleration, despite the fact that I didn’t feel her much during the test. No contractions on the readout (surprise, surprise.) Amy, the midwife, checked me. Know how much I progressed? NONE. She said I… Read more →

40 Weeks, 1 Day, One Crazy

That’s me. The Crazy. Well, I had my internal on Thursday. She said, “Maybe we’d see each other at the hospital this weekend.” Right. All day Friday and Saturday, I had more of the brown discharge. On Saturday after seeing Serenity, I had a little bit of stringy mucous. Saturday night, i had the most painful contractions i had had… Read more →