A few nice pregnancy symptoms images I found:
Holy shit – we’re having a baby!
Image by JasonUnbound
after 17 years together without so much as a pet, jiwon & i have decided to create a new baby person. our first month of ‘trying’…and BAM! see photo for results: a half-shrimp, half-peanut creature. (i’ll pass on the chance to make stud jokes, and just say: damn, that was easy.)
ok, now what? a new adventure!
we have no idea what we’re doing. i’ve never even changed a diaper. neither has jiwon. we’ll enjoy figuring things out, i’m sure, learning from others & reinventing as we see fit.
it feels rather abstract at this point, especially for me. jiwon’s not showing yet, but as the host organism she does have some weird symptoms, so she can’t forget for long that something’s up. we’re being pretty silly about it at this point, doing mom & dad role play, cooking up plans to do crazy stuff with the kid…but not really thinking beyond that. we don’t know the sex yet. i can’t imagine choosing a name. even the last name’s going to require a real decision. (i find hyphenation aesthetically unpleasing, and why default to my surname instead of hers?)
i imagine i’ll be getting lots of unsolicited advice now, and that’s ok. i’ll feel free to take it or leave it. though if you talk to me about astrology, i’ll ignore you entirely, as i have no interest in prejudging my child’s personality based on date of birth. :-p (our half-korean, half-jewish product is due may 17.)
we’ll both have to modify our professional lives–especially jiwon, whose research & writing takes up almost all of her time–and i’ll surely be scaling back some of my extracurricular activities. i’ve had a long and wonderful era of joyful low-responsibility, and now i’m ready for something new…i think. we’ll see!
after the baby’s born, we’ll probably go to korea for a while. as for summer campouts & burning man, i have no idea whether or not we’ll be up for any of it. i hope so!
i’m really excited to see how this changes jiwon, and me, and what it does to our relationship. we’re so completely in love, and we get along so amazingly well together, it’ll be fascinating to have this new entity with us, to have someone we love as much as we love each other. SO EXCITING!
then she knew.
Image by McBeth
I learned I was pregnant through a quirky turn of events.
I had just been involved in a fender bender outside the offices where I’d just finished having an extensive mental evaluation done. Rattled but needing to get away from my traveling/fill-in job as a live-in group home manager, I checked into an Arlington Heights, IL motel for the weekend.
And for absolutely no reason I bought two multi-packs of pregnancy tests at a corner drugstore. Did one. Did another. Did two more after that.
And all those symptoms for which I’d sought treatment? They ended up being a little less about crazy and a little more about being pregnant.