Back From an Extended Pause For the Miracle Of Life...
Impending new baby, new podcast, new me!
It is supremely ironic that I started a newsletter on returning from a setback and was immediately clobbered by my own setback of many months. I talked about it a bit in my last entry, but I was hobbled, even bedridden, for much of the spring and summer with a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. It’s part of pregnancy for me, and unfortunately, debilitating. It lasted until I was 33 weeks pregnant this time, and now I’m finally back on my feet with a semi-normal amount of energy.
This betrayal by my body and brain was a real bummer, particularly for my husband who had to take care of the kids and me for a long time. He did admirably, and I suppose it’s a proving ground for things to come. I apologize sincerely for my absence. I’m thinking of trying to make it up to the list by sending the first birth announcement here instead of making it public. What do we think? I mean, I’ll probably tell our parents first. Probably. Feel free to contact the refunds department and I will reimburse you for your very kind contributions over the summer. The refunds department is me. I am refunds.
I definitely owe you guys a bump shot. This is 38 weeks.
The result of my rocky pregnancies is that I operate in a reverse fashion from many pregnant women. I hibernate while pregnant and tend to go a little loopy doing as much as I can post-baby. That doesn’t mean I’m not excited for some great bonding time with the baby, who I am praying will be as easy as my last two. What it does mean is that, being no longer sick, I’m supremely excited about living life and the baby ends up going on a lot of adventures with me.
My second was all of 2 months old for her first trip to New Hampshire, where I nursed her backstage before moderating a nationally televised GOP primary debate.
Sometimes I wonder if this is what made my kids chill babies. Half-nature, half-nurture, maybe?
At any rate, I’m now finally getting back on the ball when I’m due to give birth ANY SECOND. But this is the way my comeback has to happen, so here we are.
Case in point, I started a podcast last week! I know, weird! Who starts a podcast two weeks before she has a baby? I DO! Twice weekly I’m hosting a little chit-chat about the news that is designed not to stress you out. I’m joined by my friend Victorino Matus, author, editor at the “Washington Free Beacon”, and raconteur. We talk entertainment, parenting, politics, sports, and food and drink! He wrote a book about alcohol and I wrote a book about free speech, so we’re a match made of the best stuff in America.
We call the podcast “Getting Hammered” because it’s my lifelong goal to use every possible Hammer/Ham pun in my work at some point. It comes out on Wednesdays and Fridays, so check it out and subscribe! This is a bit of a soft launch before the baby, so let us know what you think and we will be growing and tweaking it (just like the baby! Ha).
I did a maternity photoshoot for the first time ever during this pregnancy. It’s probably my last baby, if for no other reason than I’m hitting the ol’ biological clock’s ceiling in a big way. I always feel so bad while pregnant, I haven’t been in the mood to document it. But this time, we did, and my photographer helped me commemorate this pukey gestation in exactly the right way. Behold my HG pregnancy in all its glory.
Okay, that entry was a lot of ME, but back Friday with a new episode of the podcast! Again, thank you for your patience. I’ve been barely slogging along and it’s so nice to be back!