Motherhood & Words

Well, I’m spending the last few days of my pregnancy laid up with a horrible head cold and cough. I’ve been sick on and off for the past three months, but this time, it’s special. I have a fever and a cough so violent that it’s become commonplace to simultaneously throw up and pee myself. I spent the whole day in bed yesterday, which I never do. In fact, I think the last time I lay in bed all day was the day before Stella was born, and though I had a violent cough then, as well, I was lying down only because I was ordered to do so.

So much for my grand plans of posting about actual books this week and spending some quality time with Stella in her last days as an only child. Instead, I’m going to lie in bed and hope I don’t cough myself into labor before Tuesday. I’ll let you know if I do cough myself into labor, though.

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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. kristenspina on March 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Oh, feel better soon!!! Sending a hug.

  2. Mardougrrl on March 1, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Oh, I was *just* thinking about you today, we’re almost there!

    I’m sorry you are laid up with a cold. 🙁 Feel better soon and get LOTS of rest. 🙂

  3. Amber S. on March 1, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    oh, that’s a bummer. I had a terrible cold/cough when I was pregnant with Amy and ya, I remember how miserable it was to be peeing my pants whenever I went into violent coughs spasms. Just awful. I hope you feel better soon!

    sending good thoughts your way!

  4. coarse gold girl on March 1, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Hope you are feeling better soon! I had a terrible cold/cough when I gave birth to my second. Oh MY. coughing with stitches HURTS. Take care,


  5. Lisa on March 2, 2008 at 12:59 am

    You poor thing! Feel better soon and get people to wait on you. xo

  6. Sheri on March 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    maybe someone is telling you to STOP. and, just guessing here, but maybe it takes a lot to get you to do so. 🙂

    whatever the case, i hope you feel better very soon. cause boy, a new adventurous love story is about to begin. yay!

  7. k on March 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Bummer. Feel better soon and best of luck.

  8. Yesenia on March 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Honey, feel better soon. I am in my 16th week and tested positive for the @#$% flu on thursday. I know exactly how you feel. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.

  9. amy on March 2, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Oh, that sounds pretty much miserable. I went through something similar during my first pregnancy–the only upside for me was that a c-section was cake after the weeks of coughing. I always tell people I have PTSD from that flu + pregnancy combo, because it just sucked. I hope the cough gets better soon!

  10. Beth on March 3, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Oh, that’s awful. I’m so sorry. When I was pregnant with my now 18yo, I had a horrid pneumonia which lasted the entire final trimester, off and on.

    I hope you’re feeling better very, very soon.

  11. Jodie on March 6, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Aw Kate. I have the gunk too. I coughed so hard yesterday and peed myself so much I though my water broke.

    It’ll be over soon – all of it.