1. This is probably the most astonishing, raw, gorgeous birth story I have read. By the end, I was sobbing. Go read about Nella Cordelia and her beautiful family.
2. Sam is reading The Secret Garden for school. We discuss it on Wednesday nights, which is when he has to hurry and rip through 8 chapters because he procrastinated. Thursday reading circle sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? Anyway, I was talking about how much Colin irritated me when I read it years ago. Sam asked why, and I said because Colin is whiny. Sam noted that he was sick and really lonely, so of course he was whiny. I suddenly felt cruel and unmotherly. I think I’ll re-read.
3. Make your own conversation hearts for Valentine’s Day. Type in your short sentiment and choose a color. There is an option for Valentine’s Day haters—goth hearts! Black, of course. You don’t get to eat them, but that is okay since they are not that good anyway. They are the candy corn of Valentine’s Day. Gimme chockit.
4. Does anyone out there have a fetal doppler I could borrow? This needs to be a Very Frugal Pregnancy and I’d like to avoid rental costs. I promise to take good care of it and send it back the moment you need it, want it, or the baby is 5 months old. With my history, I appreciate having the ability to calm my nerves at a moment’s notice. Like right now. If I had a doppler, I’d be using it this instant. I’ve been sick with a tummy bug and achy joints for a couple of days and I am nervous. I hate feeling unwell when I am pregnant. If you have a doppler and don’t mind sharing it for a few months, use the contact form under the header to email me. I totally understand if nobody feels they can do this. (UPDATE: A reader and friend is sending a doppler my way this week! Thank you, you-know-who-you-are.)