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Expectant Mom: Scary Day

By Lex Jacobson

About a half hour after I woke up yesterday, I started to get abdominal cramps. They felt like really bad constipation cramps, so I tried to do what I could to get rid of them. Shortly after, they didn’t feel like cramps anymore; they felt like they were getting more and more intense and building up to a pain so bad that I had to consciously breathe through them to get through the...

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Putting Fertility Into Perspective

By Lex Jacobson

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about fertility. Since I’ve become pregnant, two of my good friends have also shared pregnancy news, as well as three colleagues in my relatively small office. So far, I’ll be the first to give birth, if everyone goes full-term.

I honestly don’t know what I’d do had we not conceived and had we still been trying to get pregnant and I heard all of...

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How to Handle the Donor Sibling Question

By Lex Jacobson

 

Funny how timing works out with things and worlds come together. I had an appointment with my doctor the other day and she asked who would be in the delivery room with us. I told her just us, a midwife, and that we were trying to find a doula, but couldn’t afford an “experienced” one. Turns out one of the Registered Massage Therapists in her office just finished doula training...

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Advice for a Non-Bio Mom?

By Lex Jacobson

My wife Devon has been a dream through this pregnancy. She’s so thoughtful and does things for me before I even think about them. She’s always been supportive, but I’ve never seen her like this. It kind of makes my heart melt every single day. I’m extremely lucky.

Devon is extremely excited to be a mom but I think she’s struggling a little bit with what she’s supposed to feel...

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I Don’t Want My Kid To Be An Asshole

By: Lex Jacobson

I love kids. So much. Hence the fact that I’ve wanted my own since I was a kid myself. (I’m glad I didn’t want them *that* much when I was in high school, because my life would have worked out much differently… back when I had free access to sperm.)

I’m so excited to hold my own baby come January and watch it grow through all of the stages of childhood. I’ve been hanging around a...

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Coming Out: Pregnancy Edition

By: Lex Jacobson

We are into our second trimester and have started to announce this pregnancy. Most of our friends know, and last week I told my boss and then my colleagues.

I am amazed at how similar I’ve found the coming out experience and the announcement of a pregnancy experience: They are both secrets you’ve held for a long time (granted three months is a little different than three years)...

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A Slightly Bigger Belly, A Lot More Insecure

By: Lex Jacobson

As I write this, tomorrow will be the 12-week mark in this pregnancy –that “safe” milestone that I’ve been looking towards since we got our positive home pregnancy test result. It feels awesome. This baby has decided to stay, and though we’re not sure at this point of any abnormalities or issues with the baby’s health, it’s nice to know that there is still a little heartbeat...

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Lack of Pregnancy Symptoms Doesn’t Mean the Worst

By Lex Jacobson

Things are falling into place on the home front. We’ve signed a year lease to rent an apartment in a pretty cool part of town and we’ll be fully moved by the second weekend in July.

That second week of July is an important one for me. First, it feels as though all the important, stressful stuff will be over (moving, work events). But more importantly, July 10thmarks our “safe”...

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Pregnant and Slightly Homeless

By: Lex Jacobson

This first trimester is an interesting one. We haven’t told any of our close friends yet, just my mum and dad, so I feel like I’m hiding the most important thing in my life from my best friends. At the same time, it’s an awesome place to be where only my wife and I have a secret and can spend the time to share with each other.

It’s been tough not to want to climb on the rooftop...

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This Is It!

By: Lex Jacobson

 

Well, it’s the post I’ve been waiting to write since I started writing for The Next Family over a year ago, and yet I don’t really know where to start.

How ‘bout: I’m pregnant.

It seems easy enough to say, but there have just been so many emotions powering through me over the past few weeks, nothing seems to make sense. But there are no ifs about it – I’m definitely pregnant,...

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Identity Crisis of a Pre-Mother

By: Lex Jacobson

 

I find out tomorrow if I’m pregnant. I don’t know how people do this again and again and again for more than the nine months that we’ve been at it. This nine-month mark marks the due date of the first child had we gotten pregnant the first month we did an IUI. It feels like forever, yet it’s flown by as well.

I am struggling a bit with my identity right now. I’m not yet a...

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A Different Kind of Crazy

By: Lex Jacobson

When you mix mental health issues with fertility hormone treatments, sometimes you get a bit of a mess, which equals me. I imagine hormone treatments to get pregnant aren’t nice for anyone who has to do it, but I really feel as though it’s poking at old wounds. Crazy wounds.

I really wanted to make an omelet the other day, so chopped up some onion, garlic, bell peppers, and...

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