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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Sarah

    Everyone definitely wants to regale pregnant women with birth horror stories. I hate that about our culture because it promotes unnecessary fear. Your birth plan is a sound one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    As far as breastfeeding horror stories go, I haven’t heard any? Have people been bothering you about it? I’ll beat them up for you. I couldn’t breastfeed like I wanted to but I’m behind anyone who wants to do it 100% and will happily help with information if you have questions. I’ve read a ton of medical studies, talked to several lactation consultants and doctors and have like the entire world’s worth of breastfeeding info saved off in my Google drive.

    My daughter was 5 days past her due date and let me tell you, I thought I was actually going to beat someone up if they asked me if I was “still pregnant?” one more time. It got to the point where I was like “Do you have eyes? Why are you even asking me that question?”

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Your comment made me laugh! Like really, clearly I am STILL pregnant, why are you asking? LOL

      I’ve heard a lot of breastfeeding horror stories, and I’ve heard some positive ones, too. Same with birth. People like to tell their stories, I get that. But sometimes they come across as negative or fearful for some reason. I don’t know why people want to “scare” other women…it’s odd. Then of course there’s the political stuff that people want to push onto women. Trying to shame women for having drugs during birth, trying to make breastfeeding political, etc. I guess I’m just more laid back in that I’m looking at all of this stuff as what is best for me and my baby and what happens, happens.

      1. Sarah

        I think that’s the best way to approach child-rearing, laidback and accepting it as it comes but I’m a lot like you so I would think that.

        Clearly more people need to be like us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Beth

    Lisa this is so exciting! All I will say is if you ask 100 different women they’ll have 100 different stories. And no one anyone says or nothing you read can really prepare you – I mean it’s like nothing else! One thing I was definitely not prepared for was the absolute pure exhaustion those first few months. I remember calling my BFF and yelling at her “why didn’t you tell me!”

    You’ll be awesome – you’re as prepared as you can be ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ve heard about the exhaustion but I don’t know that you can prepare for that! Last week I felt a level of exhaustion I’ve never had before and I wondered, is this what it will be like? Where you can barely get out of bed and functioning on any level seems too hard???

  3. marie

    Yaaay you are almost there! So exciting! I am a tiny bit wistful that I am done having babies (even though I definitely don’t want any more babies). There is nothing more incredible than childbirth.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Awww that’s sweet! Babies are pretty awesome. I’m so excited for him to get here.
      You might be done with babies but there’s always kittens and puppies!

  4. Karen P

    Baby will come out. It will be okay. Hang in there, it will happen, then, I’ll need to hurry on my “bottled sleep” app for new parents -(JK).

    Take care and know that it’s normal to have some fears. One thing is sure, the baby will come out.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      LOL after reading your comment I ironically had a dream that the baby just fell out. LOL

  5. June

    Lisa! Everything will go awesome and you will have your own unique birth experience. I tried without drugs and ended doing the epidural after they gave me pitocin. The epidural actually sped up my labor and I wasn’t too tired to push and deliver without surgery.
    If you have any questions about breastfeeding, let me know, I made it the full year with pumping at work. It was a lot of work but so worth it.
    Remember to relax and enjoy these last few weeks!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks June! I appreciate the well wishes and I will definitely message you if I have questions. I’m sure I will!

  6. Irina

    Wow – so close! The time flies, eh? The time will go so so quickly after he is here, so take your time to enjoy every precious moment with your baby. Sushi was the first meal I wanted to have after my baby was born, too…haha. Didn’t get to it until a few weeks later, though, as I had a few weeks before I could drive.

    Best of luck!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      And was it the best sushi of your life??? ๐Ÿ˜€

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