Dear Gem – Month 12 – First Birthday

It’s been quite a month: big news, big adjustments. Tomorrow morning I go in for the mastectomy. That means I will not be able to lift you for a while after the surgery, maybe even a couple weeks. It’s going to be a bigger adjustment than what you have already experienced, but we are going …

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Pondering the Reconstruction Era

I started the morning posing for topless photos in the harsh clinical light of the plastic surgeon’s office. I hadn’t given much thought to what the ambiance might be like should I ever pose topless, but doctors in lab coats with a changing curtain for a backdrop never crossed my mind. If you told me …

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So, about this breast cancer diagnosis…

I’ve been thinking about the direction and purpose of my blog in relation to this ¬†breast cancer diagnosis. When I first found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I swore I would not let CoffeeJitters turn into a mommy blog. It took about a month to figure out that idea was a little ridiculous. …

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Happy First Birthday, Baby Girl

I know I’m not going to be able to call you Baby Girl for very much longer, but I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity while I can. This past year has been so much fun. Happy Birthday!

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Dear Gem – Month 11

In two weeks you will be one year old. Today you are walking and have a handful of words in your vocabulary. A year ago I was on bedrest, and still worried you might be born too early. You have always been in a bit of a hurry, even before you were born. I went …

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