This is 25 weeks

Only one hour into the flight, I needed to stand up. I walked to the back of the airplane and stood near the bathrooms—that space where the flight attendants go for relief from us patrons, and us patrons go for relief from the people we’re sitting next to. The drink service had already happened, so the attendants were enjoying a little break in their tiny jump seats (I’m surprised they don’t point out how we think OUR seats are tiny), reading a magazine or checking their phones. (Do they get free WiFi?)

I was 19 weeks pregnant, finally starting…

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Hey, it’s OK if you don’t get excited about food every day

I worked at the Business Library for two years in college. TBH, it was one of the easiest jobs I’ve had, in terms of workload and responsibilities. I spent a lot of time at that desk feeling hungry, feeding a food obsession, and searching for recipes. Pinterest wasn’t a thing, but if it were, I would have had ALL THE FOOD BOARDS filled with “inspiration.” I brought food magazines to work, looked at food blogs during work, browsed diet websites for “low calorie” recipes, and then maybe did some homework. But it was hard for me to get a lot…

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Real Talk: I’m a chronic under-preparer

On the first day of my yoga teacher training, I felt wildly unprepared. After ninety minutes of a heated yoga class to kick things off, I was back to my current reality. My hips were propped up on a yoga block, my legs crossed on my mat, my back straight and eyes staring ahead at our teacher. She told us to bring our first reading assignment to this first night, and as I sat there trying to maintain composure (uh, posture), I wondered. Am I the only one in here who showed up completely unprepared? With no good reason, I…

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We all need our own kind of village

I’ve heard it takes a village, but I’ve only reached out to a few humans for help with pregnancy questions. Many of my friends are already parents, so they’ve been quick to check in, carefully offer (much needed) advice, and email us lists of baby things they’ll be happy to hand over to us when we’re ready for them. (First, our house has to not look like this.) Our parents have been amazing in the ways that only (grand) parents can be. My email lists keep prompting me to check in with the January 2018 birth “clubs”, and…

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I am (not) that kind of dietitian

With a bite in hand, heading straight for the mouth, I asked, “How did you make this?” It wasn’t my first bite, and thankfully not my last. We had a dinner buffet of snacks, trying to clear out the fridge and avoid turning on the oven. In the mix: a spread of hummus, guacamole, and a chilled tuna fish dip; crackers, sliced cured meats, fresh tomatoes and carrots, New Zealand cheddar slices, and a baked egg thing that I was definitely going to go back for seconds of. It seemed like a one-dish wonder and I wanted to know more…

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