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I have several entries, all in haiku form, about my pregnancy. Erick is almost four years old.

What have I done?
Oh Baby!

Can I put him back?

36 weeks
Not too early.

I have 3 kids with one on the way.With baby #1 things were pretty typical as new moms go.A lot of dotting etc.Baby #2 a bit more relaxed.Baby #3 and I began to think what happened to that calm, responsible mom that used to live in this house? 2 babies: baths at least 4 times a week. Baby #3 and I think I lost my mind.Sometimes I find myself saying …

During my wife's first pregnancy, I was selfish in the worst way. She wanted me to quit drinking; I refused and would stay up late, alone. We picked out strollers, cribs, paint, furniture and diaperbags; all of this gave me a headache. Exhausted and irritable, she now snored loudly; I spent many nights sleeping on the couch. I secretly feared becoming the American cliche. She clenched my hand through twelve …

Most women gain weight during a pregnancy. I never really knew that some lose it. I was one of those. The day after two little lines appeared, I started throwing up everything I had ever eaten. I had never heard of HG (hyperemesis gravidarum) before. It ruled my life for 6 of the 9 months. I was lucky though, I had plenty of extra chub I could do without! It …

Pregnancy dreams are vivid, emotional, occasionally bizarre. My most intense dream involved having a boy whom I named Christopher. I dreamed of the frustrations of trying to swaddle him and put him to my breast. Frustrating, because Christopher was born a push-pin. He was a regular-sized green push-pin. I loved him dearly, but panicked, because if I set Christopher down next to a "regular" push-pin how would I know which …

He was a madman. We met through an Internet personal ad. Redundant? On paper he looked good, having achieved all the succes$ possible in life. What was lacking and craved: a child. He desired a wife, too, but I sensed her role would be essentially that of womb-as-delivery-mechanism. He was amassing, in true cart-before-horse-style, infant-related items, and had found an old-fashioned English perambulator, …

Dick was asked to fix his famous ribs in a city wide cook-off. Our daughter, in her 8th month refused to miss out. She tried each entry, then settled in to chow down on Daddy's best. She ate, and ate, and finally sated, went home.
Soon we got a call from the hospital. Jenni was in labor, and required a c-section.
Dick and I …

I am a DC attorney. I am pregnant and in Iowa (not a dream, my ex-husband is managing an Iowa Caucus campaign). I am the only woman alone at a breast-feeding class filled with wholesome Midwestern couples. One couple sports matching overalls. I wear a strapless dress and stilettos, preparing to attend a political event after class. The denim couple talks incessantly -- I can't …

One Sunday nearing the end of "Occupation by Friendly Forces" I was encouraged to enjoy a leisurely soak in our deep clawfoot tub. With serenely scented candles , pleasure inducing music, I surrendered to caressing warm water. To enjoy last moments I reclined on my back , "Pleasure's Prisoner", and flipped out the stopper with my toes . Water drained , no longer buoyant, I …

Wife is about 8 1/2 months pregnant and her feet are swollen and hurting her. She goes to nail salon where Korean women who work there refuse to massage her feet in fear it may induce labor. She comes home and begs me to massage her feet, she leaves out the part that she was just told it could induce labor. I give her feet a vigorous massage. At …

One day, Bertie Young and her husband Chuck, raced to get across the bridge and to the hospital. Her water broke and their fourth child was ready to be born. The Youngs didn't make it. She delivered at the top of the bridge when it was scheduled to open. The man in the bridge house was in a dither, he had never seen a baby being born and definitely not …
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What's Your Pregnancy Story?

A contest from Rick's Picks and SMITH Magazine
Do you have an amazing, unusual, or simply memorable pregnancy story? SMITH Magazine and the delicious pickle maker Rick’s Picks invite you to share your tale of this momentous time in your life in 100 words or less.

Seven of you (six future moms and one dad) will win a mouth-watering Rick’s Picks Pregnancy Pack and a copy of SMITH’s bestselling book, NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING: Six-Word Memoirs By Writers Famous & Obscure. Three Grand Prize Winners will have their image and story published on jars of Rick’s Picks, aptly named dill pickle, Slices of Life, “the Pickle of Pregnancy” that moms-to-be crave.

Also, check out our earlier feature, Beautiful Pregnant Women, featuring the photos of Jennifer Maya Luz Pliego.

About Rick's Picks

Rick’s Picks cofounder Rick Field grew up making traditional pickles with his family in Vermont. The 11 varieties now made by Rick’s Picks are distinguished by their exceptional quality, with an unusual array of varieties and flavor profiles. The pickles are hand-packed and all natural, and made with locally sourced produce, bringing innovation to a category that hasn’t seen much change in a long time.


SMITH Magazine cofounder Larry Smith grew up swapping stories with his family in New Jersey, especially his grandfather, Morris "Smitty" Smith. The stories featured on SMITH Magazine are distinguished by their exceptional quality, with an unusual array of varieties and personal flavor. Each story is handpicked by its editors from among the thousands of submissions that readers send in, bringing innovation to a category that hasn’t seen much change in a long time.

The Book: Not Quite What I Was Planning

Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Richard Ford, Dave Eggers, Mario Batali, Aimee Mann, and more.

The Fine Print & Contest Rules

By submitting an entry, you are granting SMITH and Rick’s Picks the right to reprint or republish that entry online or in print, as well as make any necessary edits. See SMITH's terms of service for complete details.

This contest ends May 10, 2009. Prizes are not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as awarded. Winners are decided at the discretion of SMITH judges and all decisions are final. SMITH reserves the right to change the contest rules. Enter as often as you want. SMITH reserves the right to reprint or republish all entries.

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