The Texture Of Things

October 5, 2008

February 22nd, 2008

I look at that date and it feels a million years away. Particularly far away given the haze of nausea, heartburn, and headache that seems to be my constant state of being these last few weeks. Vertical living is not really my thing right now. Horizontal (+pillow +blanket) = much better. How will I make it all the way to October?

Of course, it is unlikely that I will spend the next 7 months wanting to throw up constantly. That should only last another few weeks, and then I will be left with the heartburn and the anticipation of feeling tiny feet kicking me from the inside out any day now. But that is weeks away, and that too feels like a million years because I just. need. to. lie. down. right. now.

Double of course, it is unlikely that I will make it to October anyway, with my history and with my grocery list of high risk issues. (More on that another day. For now, let’s just say that although I am acutely aware of how old I am and will be when this baby hits the ground, hearing the OB say “You’ve graduated to Advanced Maternal Age” is a bit like when the dentist starts drilling a little too soon after administering the numbing agent.) So, for all intents and purposes, September 2008. Nine-something-oh-eight. It has a nice ring to it.

So, my apologies all over the place. I haven’t been around thanks to that lovely respiratory infection (still draining, by the way) and then this. I might be sporadic here, but I’ll be here. And I intend to keep checking my email, so feel free to hassle me from time to time via email or comments (which go to my email, too). If I’m not too nauseated to type, I’ll holler back.

What’s better is that this isn’t even the whole of the big news I promised. That is in the realm of tot-related textures, and I’ll write it up as soon as I can.


  1. Summer says

    Wow, congratulations! I do hope that you get to the feeling-better part of the pregnancy sooner rather than later, but personally I found the morning sickness to be a reassuring sign that the pregnancy was a) still going on, and b) healthy.

    Do you think you’d prefer a virgo or a libra?

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  2. Steph says

    Seconding the congratulations all over the place–and speaking as a Scorpio-identifying cusp-baby, I say shoot for a Libra. (They always have the BEST horoscopes…)

    (P.S.–“Tot II: Electric Boogaloo.” There, got that out of the way early.)

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  3. Steph says

    And also:

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  4. admin says

    @Summer: I agree about the reassurance, but it still stinks. As for Virgo vs. Libra (sounds like a cage match almost), I’m not sure. HG is a Virgo, but he’s the only Virgo I know (I think). As for Libras, my aunt is a Libra (drama queen, pain in the ass, but funny as hell) and my former step-dad is a Libra (drama king, pain in the ass, not funny at all). I don’t think that’s a very good sample. I am, however, happy to be comfortably within the year of the Rat. Rat should be a good blend with the existing household: Ox (me), Cock (HG), Monkey (Tot).

    Of course, I’ll be happy for healthy and close enough to term to dodge most or all problems. There is a part of me that doesn’t really believe this is true yet, and I know it won’t really feel like we’re out of the woods until there’s a live baby in our arms. I don’t mean to sound pessimistic. My expectations are just, well, adjusted after our very near miss with the tot and after reading the stories of others who’ve landed on the other side of “Most pregnancies progress completely normally and have no complications.”

    @Steph: weird timing on the xkcd, eh? also, the sequel name? you suck. i won’t be able to get that out of my head now. 😉

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  5. KLee says

    I’m a Libra, and that descriptor of your aunt sounds suspiciously like me. 🙂 I do want to say that I hope the suckiness of pregnancy fades soon, and you’re one of those disgustingly healthy and glow-y pregnant women. I’m just so psyched for you!

    Offspring is a Rat, and she’s been a pretty decent kid, despite all my bitching. And, if you choose not to use Steph’s “Tot II: Electric Boogaloo” as a nom de plume, you could always just call the baby Tater. Still within the Tot specturm. 🙂

    Gentle, non-jostly hugs!

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  6. coffeypot says

    Congratulations! One more of many I guess. I’m a Libra and I am lovable as hell.

    February 25th, 2008 | #

  7. Thornton says

    BWAH! That’s 100% awesome!

    I’m a Leo and everybody hates me (they’re just jealous). So at least you should be able to dodge that bullet!

    February 26th, 2008 | #

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