Please stop saying, “I’m sorry,” when I say that I’m going to Freetown. Bertrand and I are thrilled for many reasons, among them the fact that, of the many challenges offered by the Foreign Service, the challenges that we’ll face in Freetown are among those we are very familiar with. Power? Water? Lack of availability… Read More On Freetown and well meaning State Department employees
We’ve narrowed down Jasmine’s food allergies. She’s allergic to dairy and soy, two things that are really hard to avoid here in the States, but will not be at all hard to avoid in Freetown. Everything has a way of working out. I’ve also figured out a blogging schedule. That is, I’ve figured out where… Read More Good-bye, January, hello February!
Yesterday was rough. Fun, but rough. Also, avoiding everything on the list of stuff Jasmine may or may not be sensative to has been less than fun. Lucky for everyone, I am pretty damn creative. For breakfast, I crumbled turkey sausage on top of half of a leftover sweet potato, then drizzled delicious fake maple… Read More WIAW: sleep deprivation edition
Happy New Year! I have been utterly consumed by friends and family over the last few days. It has been wonderful! Also wonderful, I finally got a chance to sit down and answer emails yesterday. If Baby J sleeps for a few more hours this morning, I’ll do the same today. Yes, it’s a major… Read More 2012 goals: Keep it simple, stupid!
I’m only going to talk about the baby on Thursdays. One day a week. That’s my New Year’s Blogging Resolution, and I’m sticking to it. Except that having a baby has affected every part of my life, and sometimes it’s damn hard to talk about anything else without talking about her. Like food. Baby J*… Read More On (not calorie) restricted eating, for a good cause
Jasmine’s a week old today! After a rough start, she’s now thriving. Briefly, after a week of irregular, painful contractions that weren’t bringing me any closer to active labor, I asked my doctor if we could induce. Once the pitocin was introduced, my doctor discovered complications that meant that a vaginal birth would be very… Read More Happy one week birthday, Jasmine!
Jasmine Sena Sondjo was born on Wednesday, December 12, 2011, at 1:07 p.m. продвижение
Apparently, there is “pre” labor, “active” labor, but also “false” labor. By anything but “active,” my doctor means, “incredibly painful contractions that aren’t quite close enough to merit a visit to the hospital.” Today is Day 3 of regular contractions that aren’t actually getting me anywhere. 1 out of every 10 minutes is spent in… Read More Day 3 of not-labor
Oh, consumerism. YOU WON, GODDAMMIT. All these months of railing against Americans and their STUFF and how I WOULD NOT EVER become like THOSE PEOPLE, and what’s the first thing I did on Thanksgiving morning? Hopped online to order the last of the electronics we’re taking to Freetown with us. Damn. Damn. Damn. I’m taking… Read More I
It’s hard to believe that I’ve been creating life for 36 weeks now. Oh, I’m sorry, does the reference to “creating life” sound smug? That’s because it is! Smugness is my only defense against the frustration I’m feeling right now. Accomplish one task everyday. Advice to live by, given to Peace Corps Volunteers newly arrived… Read More Accomplish one task per day.