Baby life (in fancy line breaks).
Put out my hand, for a baby boy in need. Just trying to sit up. He takes my outreached hand, and with bite-sized gusto, puts it in his mouth. When he’s done with it, I wipe it on my pants.
Yeah, this still happens.
I was driving through the entrance of Beitar today. Ahead of me was the shiny white glow of the expansive charedi town, speckled with black movement. Behind me, in my rear view mirror, I could see the remnants of the sun facing Husan, highlighted by the giant minaret cracking the sky. And I thought, what the […]
Adapting to new life.
The Koala isn’t the only newbie around here. It’s hit me in the last week that I am a new person. It’s been a short process (36 hour labor) and a long process (it’s about a year since I found out I was pregnant). But here I am, changed. I’m a mother. I’m a food source. […]
Being a mom.
At this point in my life I’ve known two too many 12-year-old girls who have fought cancer and lost. The first time I was a kid. This time I’m a mom. Being a mom at a shiva call for a kid makes all the difference. There’s something about kids with cancer where they tend to […]
Life in snippets.
Time is going by cliche fast. You hear it and you hear it and then it happens to you. The Koala is nearly four months old. I’m nearly four months not-pregnant. The Koala smiles, laughs, plays. My maternity leave is over and I’m juggling work and baby. I’ve slowed down with updates here, of course. […]
When it's not a drill.
It was about 10 o’clock and I finally had the boy calm and rocking in my arms, reading superficial feature stories in the cyber New York Times. I was between starting breakfast and finishing breakfast, because Koala really needed to be held. Then I heard The Siren pierce my world outside. For a split second […]
Koala update: ten weeks.
Is there any other example of how much we can change and grow in just a week or two? Do we ever grow and change as rapidly as we do at two months old? A lot’s happened in the last month, and I’ll try to break it down. We’re inching closer to doubling the Koala’s […]
Koala update: six weeks.
Imagine that six weeks ago yesterday my entire life was altered in a way I slowly come to fathom every day. Piece by piece. On so many levels I am amazed: at myself, for making it happen through a kind of energy and inner strength I wasn’t sure I had… At my husband, who was […]
People have been poo-pooing the national security drills taking place across Israel today. I understand why; often the bomb shelters are locked up, uninhabitable, or don’t exist at all in places where they should. However, it’s a government responsibility, should happen at least once a year, and as dysfunctional as miklatim may be now, it’s […]
Ancient lizrael history.
Subject: update from the mideast Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003 09:30:06 -0400 hey friends, i honestly dont think ive felt this happy in years. im in a place where i belong and im having an incredible time. its so real and unbelievable at the same time. i never understood those ppl who go to […]
The Hadassah birthing experience.
In the end, we went to Hadassah Ein Kerem for the birth. It was an issue of confidence and although I think I still would have preferred a homebirth, I can say with 20/20 retrospective vision that I’m comfortable with our experience – it was positive, it was successful and… it was lucky, as these […]
39 weeks. 36 hours of labor. Unmedicated natural childbirth. Careful midwives, wise doula, supportive husband. Beautiful, red, hairy, 2.7 kilo baby boy. Most amazing thing I’ve ever done.