Third Trimester

Part 2: Life in the NICU I hold my baby girl in my arms as the life drains out of her. Her body slouches, her lips are pursed and purple. Alarms begin to sound, first slowly, and then more vigorously with an urgent beeping that resonates across the room and into the hall. I take…

Beauty in the Mundane

Remember that there is beauty In the mundane, And peace in the sleeping eyes Of your child Snuggled softly in your arms. That adventure need not to be Far from home When little hands Can feel flower petals Just minutes from your door step. Remember that there is Love in the belly of a baby,…

Third Trimester

Part 1: A Preterm Birth On May 28, 2019 at 10:35 am my husband and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. She was everything I wished for, a tiny pink baby with big dark eyes, wrapped snuggly in a warm cotton hospital blanket. She was, and is, perfect in every way and her…

A Day in Waiheke, NZ

Aotearoa, or New Zealand, had been on my bucket list since early college.  As an English major at the University of Hawaii I was fascinated by the poetry and literature coming out of the Maori cultural renaissance and from their descriptions of the whispering sea to the vast fern forests, I knew that one day,…

Trail Dogs

 A Tale of Adoption Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night

 He puts his cheek against mine

 and makes small, expressive sounds. 

And when I’m awake, or awake enough

 he turns upside down, his four paws

 in the air

 and his eyes dark and fervent.

 “Tell me you love me,” he says.

 “Tell me again.”

 Could…

A Poem, Daydreaming of You

I keep a grainy photo of  you on my dresser and each morning, as I prepare for the day, I look at you and wonder,  what will you look like when you are born? Will you have green eyes, like your grandmothers’, peeking contently up at me as I lay you down to sleep? Or…

Riding During Pregnancy

Along for The Ride, Reflections on Pregnancy It was early December and the sun was just peaking over the horizon of palm trees and wooden panel homes.  I rode my bike to work and wondered to myself, I would know right? The question loomed in the back of my mind all day while I taught,…