What People Are Talking About

Hopefully these answers will clear up some questions I’ve been receiving lately.

1.) When is the baby due?

The official due date is February 21st, which also happens to be Lucy’s birthday.  I’m not too worried about this date since Lucy was born 3 1/2 weeks early and Max was born 2 1/2 weeks early.  I figure this baby will be 1 1/2 weeks early which should put it’s birthday at around February 11th.

2.) Wasn’t Max born January 28th? and Lucy February 21st? What are you guys doing in the spring?

Yes, well, we didn’t plan it that way.  Apparently David and I always have sex on the same day.  Or perhaps it is spring fever. I have no idea. I cannot explain it.

3.) I thought you had decided to not have any other kids.

You would be correct we had — sort of.  Although intellectually we didn’t want any more and emotionally we were scared to have any more, I think our hearts always wanted another.  I think Walt Disney said it best; “a dream is a wish your heart makes”.  And so our dream came true.

4.) Didn’t you sell your crib?

Yes, and every other baby item we owned. We have no bottles, bibs, burp cloths, clothes, rattles, toys, high chair, stroller, etc.  You name it, we got rid of it.  We are starting all over again.  Do I feel stupid? Yes.  This would be a great time for Target to sponsor me in order to promote their baby registry.  Or perhaps Graco. Anybody? Anybody?

5.) Bottles? You’re not breastfeeding.

My stressful and terrible experience with breastfeeding has been documented. Yes, you may now call CPS because of all the horrifying and abusive things I do to my children apparently not breastfeeding is the worst of these.  I am happy to report that my children are very bright  and have not contracted any major illnesses since birth.  When my choices are bleeding nipples and a mother having a nervous breakdown or a calm mother sweetly bottle feeding into the wee hours of the morning.  Well, sanity always wins for me. I know – I’m selfish.

Oh, and I’m desperate for a good bottle recommendation since I no longer know what to get.  We used Avent last time, but honestly I had issues with those bottles so I’d like to go with a different brand.

6.) Will you continue to teach?

This is the million dollar question. Ideally I’d like to continue to teach online through the pregnancy and delivery.  Okay, not WHILE I’m delivering, but you get the idea.  However, that is a tough schedule to get for a part-time faculty member. I’ve requested it – whether I get it or not is quite another thing.

7.) Are you scared?

Amazingly, no.  As a matter of fact in contrast to my previous two pregnancies I have not felt this overwhelming desire to start planning everything down to the color of the baby’s eyes.  No, I’ve been far more relaxed this time.  I feel like I have all the time in the world – even though I know I don’t. Honestly there are many days when I forget that I’m even pregnant (that is until I belch vomit into my mouth). I feel confident that God will provide, that the answers will be there, that things will happen according to a plan that is not my own.  Ask me again in November. I’m sure by then my type-A personality will be back and I’ll be in full panic mode.

8.) What do the kids think?

They have been wonderful.  They are both very excited and frequently will pull things out of the closet and say “this would be a good thing for the baby”.  Max set aside all of his old clothes for the baby and Lucy is busy coming up with names.  Her most recent suggestion was Ava and Max’s was Joanio.

Hopefully that clears up any outstanding questions.  Feel free to send me links to any cool baby stores, or baby websites.  It has been so long since I’ve had to think about baby stuff that I feel lost. What P

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8 thoughts on “What People Are Talking About”

  1. It’s amazing how much *less* gas our child has since we switched to Dr. Brown bottles. That is what has worked for us.

  2. Congratulations!

    I too had a horrible breastfeeding experience, complete with 8 weeks of fervent attempts to breastfeed, pumping, lactation consults, and a Children’s Hospital referral. I was lucky to sleep a consecutive hour. To then feel compelled to explain this [very personal] story to strangers who pass judgment willy-nilly is so frustrating and makes me very defensive. So I totally feel you.

    We ended up with Dr. Brown bottles after trying Born Free and Avent. My daughter is spitty and Dr. Brown was recommended by the lactation nurses, the pediatrician, and the Children’s specialist.

    We just gave away all my daughter’s too small clothes even though we may want to have more kids later. Don’t feel stupid! 🙂 I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a Babies R Us sponsorship for you. 😉

  3. I agree with Ann, we use Dr. Brown glass bottles, after trying 5 other brands. Son takes them well without a lot of gas.

  4. Hi, found you through dooce on twitter. I loved, I mean LOVED my VentAir bottles by Playtex with both my kids and plan on using them with the next one.

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