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Aiona

  1. I Smell. . . a Return to Normalcy

    About 9 months ago, or so, I noticed a big change in my preferences in scents. 'Fumes that previously gave me joy suddenly made me nauseous to the point that I had to stow them away in a hallway closet, because I could smell the bottle, if it were just in the same room with me.

    After I gave birth, I thought my preferences would return to the way they were previously. How naive I was! NOTHING about me is "as it used to be"!

    Since giving birth 3 months ago, ...
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  2. I Smell. . . Like Maple Syrup

    Breastfeeding is natural. Not.

    Again, this web log serves its purpose as a cathartic confessional. For the past 8 weeks, I've been struggling with milk supply. All the well-meaning advice, such as "pump every 3 hours," "feed on demand," "eat fermented oats," "drink a beer" has been tried. I even tried eating "anise seed" in my "fermented oats." I even tried eating "fennel seed" *AND* "anise seed" ...
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  3. I Smell. . . Hope

    For the last few weeks, I've been getting phantom whiffs of favorite scents. I know they're not real, because I have put all my bottles and samples away in a box in the hall closet. It happens at odd times. When I am at work. When I am in the grocery store. When I am driving down the road.

    Was that Hypnotic Poison I smelled? Did I just smell Rive Gauche pour Homme?

    Or in the store, I'll pass by the latest celebrity ad for perfume, and sigh wistfully, having ...
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  4. Out of Control

    Hello. My name is Aiona. And I am a control freak.

    Today, my husband and I went grocery shopping after work. One of his pet peeves is when someone in front of us knows that he or she is going to write a check for their groceries, and waits until after everything has been "beeped" and bagged before even starting to fill out the check. In other words, he's impatient. And so am I. So we have this system -- awesome to watch, believe me! He stands at the front of the cart, ...
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  5. I Smell. . . Like Puking

    In different threads in the forums section of Basenotes, I had seen some women mentioning how their scent preferences changed during pregnancy. And even some men had anecdotes about their female partner's sensibilities during pregnancy. In particular, I remembered how some women found scents that they previously enjoyed to be nauseating. I thought to myself, "How sad!" But it didn't quite click in my head, "That could happen to you, hon."

    Except, maybe about ...

    Updated 21st April 2009 at 10:58 PM by Aiona

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