The Land of Dreams and Darkness

  Laundry, dishes, cleaning, The carousel spins and spins, Yet I'm immobilized by my captor's cries, Chained to this chair, once again.   Back and forth, back and forth, My body sways in time, To the tranquil roar of waves ashore, Lulling my busy mind.   Your heavy head against my arm, The heat of your hand upon my heart, Your breath today takes mine away, As your tiny lips purse, then ...

Lost in (Postpartum) Translation

Y ou learn a lot about what happens to your body during pregnancy and labor from books, doctors, and childbirth classes. However, all these sources seem to conveniently gloss over the postpartum period. Bleeding, baby blues, blah blah blah. You read about two tiny paragraphs about it, and then it's on to the next part: newborn care.   Now ...

Rachel Getting Pregnant

YES.   My eyes stalk the tiny screen—as if staring harder, more intensely, will somehow morph those three letters into something else. Anything else.   YES.   I show it to my husband, who's been standing anxiously by the bathroom door. I look at his face, studying his lips, eyes, and brows like a kid spying on their neighbor's test to see what the ...