Sunday, December 17, 2006

I Know Russ's Secret...

because it's actually mine, or should I say mine and Eugene's.

(If you don't read Russ's blog, you can check out the entry and the resulting comments here.)

Eugene and I will be bringing about the apocalypse next year, so start planning now. That's right: we're expecting our first child in June.

To answer a few questions you might have:

So far, the baby and I are doing fine. I've had nausea (not just in the morning) and heartburn, but they haven't been too bad. At least I've been able to eat. I've been tired too, which is part of the reason I haven't done much writing or editing lately. I officially enter the second trimester on Wednesday, so hopefully I'll get some energy back. We've seen the baby on ultrasound and heard the heartbeat, which is reassuring.

Yes, we plan to find out what we're having, but we probably won't announce the sex until the child is born. I personally know of a couple of cases where the ultrasound was wrong, so I'd like to be absolutely sure. Besides, I'm thinking of a unisex theme for the nursery anyway.

I've started looking at names, but we really haven't discussed them yet. It's tough figuring out a name with a strong meaning that flows well with our last name. Hopefully we'll decide on something before we leave the hospital.

As for living arrangements, the plan is to start building a house next year, but it won't be done until September (assuming everything stays on schedule). It'll be tough having a baby in our cramped apartment, but as long as we get out of here before the baby becomes mobile, I think we can manage. How I'll manage work and child-rearing is a different story, but it has to be done too.

Finally, we'd appreciate any good thoughts you could send our way. The doctor says I don't look my age, but that doesn't help me in the egg department, and my hypothyroidism can be a problem if it's not handled properly. Eugene and I just want to have a healthy baby next June.


Sara said...

So the "pregnancy" comments were pretty close! Congrats! I hope you have an easy pregnancy and a healthy baby!

Russ said...

Now that I can "publicly" congratulate you ... congratulations, Eugene and Sandra! You've already been enjoying the benefit of many good thoughts coming from Minnesota, but I'll keep them coming.

THe Dear Nyer said...

Congrats you two, that is great news. I am so happy for you.

Oh, not that it is any of my business but, the names I've always loved are: Erik, Alexander, Richard and Zachary. I also love the name Julian for a boy too but, I've always been teased for loving that name. Okay, for girls names, I like the names: Zoe, Nastasia, Arielle. You know I almost didn't share the girls names, hmmmmm..... maybe that is an omen ;)

Cheesehead Craig said...

Congrats to you both!

No need to announce the sex at all, we really don't need to know when you do those things.

Cheesehead Craig said...

Congrats to you both!

No need to announce the sex to us at all. We really don't need to know when you two do that action.

makoiyi said...

Congratulations! With two such bright parents, how could the baby be anything but adorable?

Lots of good thoughts, naturally. Having 'done' it three times, let me tell you it's worth every moment, even when they get to twenty and still give you sleepless nights. :)

As for the work thing. One adapts. You just do, usually because you have to. Can you not do a fair amount of your experiments at home, anyway?

One last thing. Follow your instincts where your baby's health is concerned. I know that sounds very New Age but, a mother always knows. And don't be surprised at weird dreams. That's an aspect not many people speak about, but being pregnant gave me the oddest dreams. The subconscious worrying about all the what-ifs, I expect.

You both take and I will be thinking of you.


murph said...

Congrads! and never mind the apocalypse. If E and I didn't bring it about with two go-rounds - you're sure to do fine.

Best of luck to you both!

Anonymous said...


e's oldest sister

Betty said...

Parents, a wonderful word and a great feeling.
Good feelings never stop, but problems don't either.
So, I wish for you the love and strength to enjoy all God sends your way.
Many of us are happy for you.

Betty G

Leengreenbean said...

I'm a bit late to this thread, but congratulations! It's the hardest, but most wonderful, thing you'll ever do.

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