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Flu Pandemic Panic

Gestation: 24 Weeks, 1 Day It’s the Night of the Living Dead up in here.  Henry and I went to bed at eight-thirty – it’s now midnight. I’ve been up to pee five times and to eat a tangerine and

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Pregnancy Christmas List

Gestation: 23 Weeks All I want for Christmas is: 1. To keep the pregnancy boobs. 2. Nipple tassels for the pregnancy boobs that I can helicopter at will. 3. Fishnet support hose. 4. A non-pooping pet. One that comes standard

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A Very Pregnant Christmas

Gestation: 22 Weeks, 4 Days Ahh, the Christmas season is upon us yet again. Stress on earth, general resentment toward men.  I’m related to Ebenezer Scrooge. Paternal fifth-cousin once removed. Last Year’s Resentment Litany: 1. Having to find the perfect

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Alcohol Cravings

Gestation: 21 Weeks, 4 Days We enter a Mexican restaurant for our first dinner out together since the twelfth of never. It smells of tomatillos and pinto beans con queso, deep-fried corn tortilla chips and freshly blended Jose Cuervo 1600

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Sibling Rivalry: There’s a New Baby Coming?

Whaddaya mean you’re giving me a sibling? Gestation: 21 weeks Today I lifted my shirt to show 18-month old Clare my belly. “There’s a baby sister in here for you,” I said. She finger-tipped a wooden “F” block and hurled

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10 Reasons You’re a Bitch to Your Husband During Pregnancy

Gestation: 20 Weeks 5 Days 1.  You’re a bitch to your husband during pregnancy because he flattens himself against the wall like a minnow avoiding a migrating sperm whale when you pass. 2.  He thinks natural childbirth sounds “interesting.” 3.

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Panicking During My Amniocentesis

Gestation: 19 Weeks, 6 Days I panicked during my amniocentesis today, which reminded me of a fat, gray seal I startled once while scuba diving.   We came upon each other suddenly. He was eating a crayfish and I was

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