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Bringing Him Home

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The story of how I came to bring an extraordinary child to my life and the world, and my experience waiting, nesting and (not quite) preparing for him.

Noche de Perros »

Today my son has officially turned one month old. It’s hard to believe it… When I think of the time that has gone by since I first showed up that morning at the hospital, it feels like it’s been years. But when I see Joaquin… how chubby he’s gotten… the little pimples on his face… […]

Introducing Joaquin, our perfect bolliti »

Our sweet baby Joaquin is finally here! In just a few days I’ve lived the worst and best moments of my life. There are so many stories I wanted to share, like what it felt like to be among the 25% of pregnant women who deliver via a c-section. Obviously I was not prepared for […]

Baby Shark »

For those who’ve never experienced pregnancy, this may sound weird and may look pretty freaky, but I’m actually going to miss it… Good Lord!

Week 39.6: Bollito Atrincherado »

Hello bolliti, Lots have happened since my last update… Over the last two times we’ve been to the doctor, she’s confirmed that you have dropped really low and your head is pressing down on my cervix like such a tight cork, she’s having a hard time assessing how much I have dilated. You keep growing […]

+1 Station »

Baby has dropped to +1 station. This is what it feels like.

Week 38: Activo Pillito »

Hey there, little Puffeth… So you missed your chance to be born a Scorpio, and you gave researchers one more statistical point to prove that the cycles of the moon don’t affect the onset of labor. This week you’ve been extremely active. More so than before… I’m seeing a lot of pointy waves cruising my […]

TMI (Too Much Information) »

For the last few months Joey has been assisting a judge for his Judicial Externship. A couple of days ago, while working, Joey’s feeling a little fidgety. He finally confides in the judge: “My wife may go into labor today… This morning she told me to stay alert because she had just passed the biggest […]

Week 37: Baked »

Sweet little bollo, You’re all baked now. We’re ready for you. Please come out. You know you want it… That crazy voice you hear every day, the one that chases and teases your little butt whenever you shake it in my belly… that’s daddy. We can tell you’re intrigued by him. He’s a lot of […]

Week 36: The Countdown Begins »

Bolliti Panfriti, Next Sunday it will have been 37 weeks, and you should be fully baked. It’s time to start dropping bebé… I only need to do one last trip to the baby store to be completely ready for your arrival. Everything else is waiting for you. This week, people’s comments about the hugeness, grossness, […]

A Different Perspective »

Personal thoughts as labor and the birth of my first baby are quickly approaching.

Sticking Out »

A few notes to remember from our first childbirth class

Miscalculating Space »

This is what happens when your pregnant belly grows so much, so fast.

Third Trimester: Such a little box of surprises »

Just a few of the new symptoms brought by the third trimester of pregnancy

They got me good »

Yesterday we started receiving unsolicited baby product catalogs for the first time in our household's history

Changes: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly »

One reason why I called my latest playground entry “Signo Fijo” is because my Sun sign, confirmed by my actual personality, rules that I tend to not like or pursue change. Well, that is true and not… I have in fact pursued some huge life-altering changes, but I must say that normally, on smaller things, […]

I’m so going to get spanked for this… »

If you remember, I started the year with some nice productivity goals. My plan was to work with an eye on a very financially lucrative “Target”, but understanding that I’m only human, attempt to at least meet the “Lazy” level. In any case, under no circumstance whatsoever, should I go below “Minimum”. So the weeks […]

One »

Despite the sacrifices of pregnancy, I’ve started to realize that this sharing of my body with a baby is also neat in other ways.

The Guilt Begins… »

How my (thoughtfully considered) decision of not moving out of my office to give the baby the nicest room in the house has given me a first taste of maternal guilt.

Bollito or Bollita? »

Our family and friends know it now. It was impossible to keep the suspense too long before we started receiving calls from our moms, dads, and sisters. They all wanted to know: Is it a boy or girl?… Well, and I don’t blame them. Joey and I were so ready to know!… Up until now […]

The Heartbeat »

Few things compare to the joy of hearing your baby's heartbeat in utero.

Only possible in the second trimester »

So, no. I haven’t been dead. But the woes of the first trimester of pregnancy did take me away from a lot of things I usually enjoy… like blogging, or doing anything at all. At 15.7 weeks I’m happy to report that my energy seems to be back, as well as the appetite for delicious […]

Dear Mother Nature »

Why must the first trimester of pregnancy be so damn hard?

Oh, the irony… »

This is rich. A couple of weeks ago, Lorelle’s blog challenge was to find keywords that return your blog as the first result from a Google search. I didn’t do it. In fact, lately, I’ve become much less consumed by the popularity of my sites and the activity on my site logs, so I’m not […]

Trying is So Overrated »

Trying for a baby: An emotional roller coaster full of stress and frustration I don't wish on my worst enemy.

Bolliti Panfriti »

I think I'm finally ready to have a baby, and want it.

Baby Talk »

Short dialogue illustrating Joey's humor while trying for a baby

It’s Time! »

It's time to start trying for a baby

Maternal Wishes Still Not Kicking In »

Having never dreamed of becoming a mother, here I write about our decision to try to have children this year, and how I feel about the possibility of getting pregnant.