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A late night meeting.

I’ve been experiencing a crippling muscular pain in my lower back (ahem… very lower back) for a few days now. It just seems to get worse. I sit and stand up, it sharpens. I stand and sit down, it sticks into me. Yesterday I went to the doctor (how many times have I seen doctors […]

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He preggo'd my eggo.

It’s like holding your breath for 16ish weeks, but here I go, coming out of the first trimester closet. Ta da! We made aliyah separately almost four years ago and now together we’re making an Israeli-American-Australian baby combo. Or at least, I am… He’s done his part already, as the dati doctor pointed out, quite […]

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When secrets become surreal.

It’s been real hard keeping this baby stuff a secret from friends, coworkers, family. When the only person you have to talk about it with is your partner, and even he gets tired of your late-night online research about your body’s minute-to-minute changes, it starts to become surreal. I mean, it’s not just this little […]

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It's a blessing, not a sickness.

Took my first pregnant blood test today. In Beitar. I find that they’re used to this kind of thing already, so I can feel pretty confident under their care. Nurse was very kind and kept repeating, “Enjoy this! It’s a blessing, not a curse! You’re not sick, you’re pregnant!” Figures she was Mizrachi…

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Bad example.

The thing about trying to get pregnant/being pregnant, is that you start to see pregnant women everywhere. This is probably true everywhere in the world, but when you’re in Israel, you really are seeing them everywhere because out of all the demographics in Israel, the one thing they have in common – whether charedi, Arab, […]

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Today's word: דופק

Today we had our first official visit with an ob-gyn (male, charedi) doctor. All in all, a positive experience. I wasn’t expecting anything crazy, pretty much a questionnaire of whether I smoke and if I’m taking vitamins. Oddly, neither of those topics came up. Oh sure, I’ve been to Israeli gynos before, male charedi gynos […]

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Genetic testing, Jewish style.

I have no idea how genetic testing works outside the Jew-on-Jew baby-making bubble, but for us in the family it’s a fascinating tour through Jewish history. We went today to get checked out, just in case. I’m a mutt from one Turkish/Bulgarian parent and one Eastern European chulent mix parent. This automatically helps decrease the […]