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eau de friendship

March 12, 2013

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Behind a curtain that provided a false sense of privacy, I was plugged up to a hospital-grade breast pump. In the lactation room of Saint David’s Hospital in Austin, TX, I tried not to look. The consultants told me not…
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Stephanie Klein on Rachael Ray Show

November 3, 2009

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For those who may have stumbled onto my site after seeing the Rachael Ray Show, welcome! I’m a mother to toddler twins (who arrived 10 weeks early!), an author, a photographer, a fat camp champ, a former thin person, and…
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is “special needs” a retarded term?

July 22, 2008

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The panelists introduced themselves, each sharing a small story that identified them as mothers of NICU twins, of a child with down syndrome, of a son with autism. Hearing one mother of an autistic child share a story of how…
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preemie babies: they are… and they aren’t.

May 9, 2008

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I felt myself holding back tears at dinner. We went out tonight with a couple whose child is in the NICU. I wanted to show them how much we understood without making it about us and what we’d been through.…
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pump and dump

January 1, 2007

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This time last year I was not a wife.  I was not pregnant.  I was not a published author.  I was living in New York.  A year later and I’m living in Texas, married, published, with a son and a…
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baby babble

December 27, 2006

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I’m exhausted and unsure if it’s this new medicine, taken three times a day, or if it’s my pumping every two hours (except for at night, when I sleep uninterrupted only for four hours).  When I first announced my pregnancy…
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milk pail fail

December 26, 2006

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I don’t care whether or not I go to the hospital today.  I will go, of course, because my brain says I have to, but the rest of me just shrugs and shakes her head ‘no.’ Then cries.  Lucas and…
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quite common

December 19, 2006

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“This is just what preemies go through, so expect a windy road, and try not to get too confident on the ups or too upset during the downs.”  Mix this advice up with some “You’re a fighter, and so are…
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