2016 – Magically Suck-ish

The past year was challenging on many fronts. In Alberta, we faced an unprecedented economic downturn, and many Albertans lost their jobs. Financial hardship became more commonplace, as disposable incomes shrank, and we tightened our belts and wallets. Even my fiancé lost billable hours, which was stressful for this momma-to-be. My older friends faced their own […]

Battle of the Breast (Feeding)

When I was pregnant, I was asked, “Are you going to breastfeed?” My answer was a resounding, “Yes.” Science supports the mantra that “breast is best,” and breastfeeding is cheap and convenient. It seemed like a no-brainer, and the purported benefits of breastfeeding on a baby’s immune system and brain development were solid sticking points.  […]

Oh. Hi, Baby! (An Ode to Modern Medicine)

My original thoughts focused on the brilliant experience of delivering our first baby, but recently, people in my social networks (and, offline networks) have made comments about the insidiousness of modern medicine. Specifically, they’re skeptical about our health care system, doctors, hospitals, medical interventions, pharmaceuticals, and so on. This isn’t news, of course. People have […]

Our Kid Won’t Be Online

With our weeble’s due date quickly approaching, I’ve had friends and online peers tell me, quite excitedly, that they can’t wait to see photos of our little one. As I’m quite active on social media, primarily Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (really, that Snapchat thing still confuses me), it seems expected that my child will share […]

Four Weeks to Go

It’s hard to believe that, in approximately one month, there will be a screaming infant in our home. Until now, the dog’s incessant barking (at shadows, leaves, other dogs, and everything in between) has been enough noise, but not even his vocalizations can prepare me for midnight feedings and crying – so much crying. But, […]