“Your life will change forever…” (1 day to go)

Last night’s dream: I’m about to leave the office when a researcher comes by and says he needs immediate help with the “100% computing” project, which has just been approved. (I have never heard of this project, but I always try to be helpful, even if it is not in my area.) He walks to […]

With 2 days left, here are the FAQs

There really have been some Frequently Asked Questions these last few weeks, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to address them here. 1. Are you nervous? I’m not.  At least, not yet.  Everyone tells me that instinct will take over and I trust that will be the case.  So I have no reason to […]

What to expect (in 3 more days…)

Okay, I missed a few days. It’s been busy. I’ve been ramping up for a major software roll-out–which was pushed at the last minute and is now on at least a 3 week hiatus.  With three days left, I thought I should mention how things will proceed going forward.  Here is the plan: An email […]

My degree in Parenthood (8 days and counting)

I’m nothing if not cheerfully self-appreciative, so it will come as no surprise to those who know me that I think I will make a very good parent.  I used to wonder, fleetingly, if I would be a good parent, but I quickly realized that of course I would and there is one main reason […]

Week 38 (t-minus 9 days and counting…)

We are into the single digits! Time is moving quickly and slowly.  At work we are in the midst of a massive application rollout which takes place this weekend.  That has been making the workdays go by quickly.  But the nights can’t seem to slide by fast enough. I think both Kelly and I have […]

37 weeks (and 2 weeks to go)

For those who don’t know, 37 weeks is a watershed moment in any pregnancy.  At 37 weeks, the baby is considered “full term.”  Technically, it means that his lungs are fully developed, but I like to think that he’s done cooking, and is now just staying in the oven to keep warm.  Moreover, 37 weeks […]

36 weeks (and 3 to go)

For some reason, 3 weeks sounds a lot shorter than 4 weeks.  I’ve taken 3 week vacations that have zoomed by in the blink of an eye.  So there’s not much more of a wait before Zachary arrives.  At least we are finally done with everything.  On Sunday, we finished up the last of the […]

Where’s your brain?

Funny comment from today’s OB visit. After getting a good look (via ultrasound) of the baby’s brain, our doctor snapped off two pictures of it which she handed to Kelly. “Here’s a picture of your baby’s perfect brain,” she said, “Keep it, so that when he’s thirteen, you can prove to him that he once […]

34 weeks (and 5 to go)

Today is the 34 week-mark in Kelly’s pregnancy and that means there are only 5 weeks left before our baby’s arrival.  (Kelly’s c-section is scheduled at 39 weeks, which is a common practice, and that’s why there are only 5 weeks left and not 6 weeks.)  It seems like these last 5 week-markers are good […]

Baby face

We had another doctor appointment this morning to see how the baby is doing.  Kelly is into week 26 now and everything is looking good.  The baby was moving around a lot early this morning, and later in the day, it occurred to me that the regularity of his movements were probably hiccups–and the doctor […]

The source of quirky habits

I was packing my lunch this morning and realized that I was moving out of the turkey phase and back to the peanut butter and jelly phase.  As I set about making my PB&J sandwich, I had the following little daydream: I am preparing Zachary’s lunch for school.  He is standing beside me, head reaching to my hip, watching […]

Forward progress, part 1

I did pretty good at sticking to the schedule I planned for today.  There’s a lot to get done this weekend and I felt like I needed a schedule and list to help get it all done in the time I’ve got. I slept pretty well last night.  When I went to go to bed, two of the cats […]