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Cord Blood Donation

July was Cord Blood Donation Awareness Month! I had plans to take a picture of my thank you note from Bloodworks Northwest and talk about my experience last week, but here it is now early August (IT IS AUGUST?!) and I missed the awareness month. But I’m still going to talk about it.

Donating cord blood is something I wanted to do with Gabriel, but the hospital I delivered at didn’t have the facilities for it, so I double-triple-checked that I could with Fae and am so happy we did!

During the hospital tour I asked about the process and they handed me over a packet of information and a large survey to be filled out and handed over at delivery. Some other programs have you mail it in before delivery, so it just depends. I opted for donation to patients vs donation for scientific studies because cord blood stem cells can help cure:

  • Anemias
  • Bone Marrow Failure
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Various Immune Disorders
  • Leukemia

Fae was still able to experience delayed clamping and cord blood collection happened without any work from me. It all happened at the end of the table and voila! Fae and I may have just saved someone’s life.

If you are currently pregnant talk to your OB/Midwife about the cord blood donation options and see if where you delivery is donation-friendly. It’s pretty much donated or thrown away after your baby is done with it, so use it or lose it!

Note: I am very squeamish and don’t even donate blood as I frequently pass out and it would be a major day ruin-er. My annual physical is hard enough for me to get through, and this was a total drop in the bucket. So even for those people who think it is icky, I highly recommend. This is an amazing opportunity to help a stranger fighting for their life. Plus it’s pretty magical what science and the human body can do.


Things: Where Did The Spring Go?

I try and do 1 monthly “Things” post of all the random stuff I would like to talk about but is too small for 1 big post. But today it is not particularly June and not particularly May. Well, it is actually June, but I am having a hard time truly believing my calendar. April was long and full of travel and activities and turning 30, the last month of working for a while, and and and. It stretched on and felt full and complete. May. What happened in May? The world zoomed by and poof there are few flowers on the trees, everything is turning into a deep summer green, and the new birth of spring is settling into maturity. Well, ok...


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Things, April

I am really tired and I am really sore. I have no entered the third trimester of pregnancy and I am slow and big and have throbbing pain down my left side and everything is hard and the worst. I am very tired because I keep waking up at 5am. It hurts to flip over, I have to pee, there is nature or homeless people being loud out side – there is always something. I am still trying not to throw up. That’s depressing news. In non-depressing (sort of non-depressing because it is mostly a relief but financially depressing news) next Thursday is my last day at work. And then on to new horizons/unemployment/writing a book and having a...


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Small Joys and Happies

Reeses Easter Eggs. Having the bathroom to my self at work. Gabe singing, “Maria. Makes me. Laugh. Hahaha.” The way Gabe asks for “chochos” and being excited when a cookie has sprinkles. Full panel maternity pants. Pedicures. Approaching 10,000 words on my book. 10,000 is just the start, but it will be a good day when I get there. Feeling accomplished. Finally checking some items off of my to-do list for baby #2. Upcoming solo trips for my writerly well being. Singing to Gabe while I wash his hair and having him not cry. That this weekend is Gabe’s first hip hop dance class! Hot chocolate. Consistent baby...


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Things, March

I am still being extra productive on writing and it has me all excited and frothy about words on the page, about story, about craft. Lots of nerdy nerdy writing excitement is happening in the secret parts of my head. The quiet moments are filled with more action and less doubt, more forgiveness if I need to stop writing for the day, or skip a day, or even two, than guilt and shame and self-flogging. I think this is the most I’ve written on any 1 subject since grad school. This feels new and different and good. Now if only I’ll be able to finish a complete first draft before this next baby comes. Next week we are going to Miami to...


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How I Love ME

This weekend there was a lot of love in the air. How much do I love my son? Enough to not stick my tongue out at him as he is telling me “No sing, mama!” I CAN SING IF I WANT SMALL HUMAN! I spend a lot of time fretting over how I’m loving others. (Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but I am pre-tty giving you guys.) I want my kid to know I love him, that he is safe, that I am proud of him. I want my friends to know that I have them as major priorities. I want my husband to know I appreciate all the things he does. I want to make time for my family. I don’t want to forget birthdays, I want people to know they...


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Who the hell is she?


Seattle/Writer/Adventurer/Married to Kamel/Maker of many mistakes/Mom of 1 Gabriel and 1 TBD/Baker of things/Roaster of Vegetables/Maker of videos/Normal life photographer/Romantic/Irreverent/Honest

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