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Achy Breaky Breastfeeding Boobs (Gestation: 14 Weeks, Two Days)

Today at the Pump Station in Santa Monica, the epicenter of breastfeeding worship, Sage, the counter matron, (okay, maybe her name wasn’t that New Agey – it might’ve been Peg), asked pointedly over my brand new Pump-In-Style breast pump just

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Pregnancy Insomnia (Gestation: 12 Weeks, 6 Days)

I’m struggling with an intractable case of insomnia. I haven’t wanted to write it down in black and white because in doing so I’m acknowledging that it exists and may, in fact, never go away. I’m praying this is my

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Pregnancy Musical Blues (Gestation: 12 Weeks, 4 Days)

I’m obsessed with The Sound of Music. I watch it compulsively, bursting into tears every time someone bursts into song. Especially the song about, Maria, the character played by Julie Andrews.  “How do you solve a problem like Maria? How

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Don’t Hate Me Because I Used To Be Beautiful (Gestation: 12 Weeks, 2 Days)

Over a plate of Sake Kasu Chilean seabass with shitake mushroom tapenade at Chaya Brasserie in the heart of Beverly Hills I bathe my friend Georgia in a fiery attention. We’re both the mothers of small children whose husbands are

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I’m Pregnant aka My First Month of Pregnancy

I’ve been pregnant before so I suspect my body will remember how to do it again, but I‘m old. Not as old as say Methuselah. But close. Very close. Still, I’m hopeful. I watch my husband Henry prepare to leave for Ralph’s

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