Confessions of a Private Preggo

We’re glad you’re excited; we’re excited too! But just because someone is pregnant doesnt mean you get to invade their space. If a woman gets implants do you think it’s ok to fondle her breasts?

They are everywhere. No matter where you go these days you see pregnant women and the pregnant belly. That’s actually a something that would have been surprising not too far back in the past. Even as recently as 1960 women, with the full support of their doctors, agreed that pregnancy made them delicate enough to stay at home more often than not, and the recovery from childbirth left a woman hospitalized for weeks after a normal birth requiring loads of people to come over to their houses to take care of things. Today, women are proud to know that pregnancy is just another natural process in their lives and carry on confidently in their careers, housework, and social lives With this public appearance of pregnant women came public opinion on everything in their lives from how they dress, what they eat or drink and how their bellies are growing. The mere presence of a belly gives the false sense of entitlement to people who believe it is ok to touch or rub a pregnant stomach or to ask for details on visits to the doctor (hello? HIPPA??), or offer unsolicited advice, or (and this one is just probably me) insist that they ‘Sit down and relax’ or say ‘Oh my- Don’t carry that bag of marshmallows in your condition! Someone else will do it for you!’, or ‘I think it is time for you to cut back on your work hours.’ Screw you people. I like people not rubbing me, I like carrying marshmallows, I like my job and I am good at it. Trust me, it is just as easy for me to get up from my desk at work and go puke in the bathrooms in the office as it is for me to get my butt up off the couch and go puke in the bathroom at home. (Less cats watching) Plus- they pay me for it! I feel at 32 years old I get to make these kinds of decisions for myself with the help of my doctor. (and no, I am not going to tell you how we come to these decisions- it is private.)

Maybe it is just early yet, maybe I am feeling wrongly empowered. We are very, very excited about this baby. Quite honestly, I am pretty sure that Travis and I, with some standard ‘new parent screwups’, are going to make fantastic parents. I am not yet scared or overwhelmed and maybe I should be. Well, that is not completely true- I can’t work the stroller we got. It kind of overwhelms me. But I feel confident in saying that with a few hours practice a day for the next few months I will be able to get it to fold up the way they say it should. But for now I just walk by and glare at it to make sure it knows who is boss. I think I have broken its spirit.

Anyway, I think this post comes off more like a bitchy rant than what I mean it to be. All I am really trying to say is that everything is great. I am fine, the baby is fine, Travis is fine (and employed!) I am going to break my little doctor rule right here. The doctor says the pregnancy so far is amazingly textbook. All my tests and exams come back right where they should be. If all continues in this manner I will have this kid and be out the door of the hospital and back on my feet in no time. (I mean, not like ‘The Good Earth’ style. Anyone read that book? Man, I loved that book. But you know what I mean)

So that ends my update. Everything is great. Except the cat keeps puking on the dang carpet but that is not really new. And Travis and I are waging a silent and focused war regarding the placement of the bathmat in the bathroom. But I feel confident my tactics will end this battle soon with an assured victory on my end. Also, it is pumpkin coffee season. I hate pumpkin flavored things unless it is pumpkin coffee. I love the pumpkin coffee. And yes, I do get to drink coffee…

Hugs and Ponies!

… but I own all these ties…

So it appears I’m unemployed no more! An official official* offer has been made and it looks like I have a new job. YAY!

I’m shy on the details at the moment, other than it will be Monday-Friday. There is a pager rotation I’ll be on every 7-8 weeks, but they give you a half day off the following Friday to compensate. They’re big on team building projects, and once a year the entire company shuts down to do community service, which really makes them pretty awesome in my book. Oh, and I will have benefits. w00t!

I will be working for Edens & Avant in downtown Columbia supporting Help Desk calls, largely for in-house proprietary software. In some ways this will be the most corporate job I’ve ever had due to the size of the company and the nature of their business (mostly large commercial developments anchored by food chains like Publix, Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, etc…). And in other ways one of the least corporate jobs since it appears I will not be wearing a tie and they have a foosball table in the middle of their office. How cool is that? (Also, who knew there was a whole website dedicated to nothing but foosball tables?)

* I first got this news yesterday. I called my parents to let them know and Meg and I planned our celebration dinner. But then about an hour and a half later there was some question about whether or not they had really offered me the position. It’s a long story, but it seems they had expressed potential interest in me, but like a game of telephone, by the time that information had passed through 4 different people the potential part had been dropped and I was under the impression an actual offer had been made. That wasn’t exactly the case. Consequently yesterday wasn’t quite the “HAPPY JOY” time I thought it may have been.

It was kind of like being really excited on a roller coaster and making the “Oh I sure hope the track’s complete on the other side of this hill!” joke only to find out the track isn’t complete on the other side of that hill, and you’re about to plummet to your death, so you have to drink all the beer in the house really quickly and pass out in the dining room.

Meh… you know what I mean.

But today we’re 100% sure the offer has been made. I have a job.

And that’s the update for today.

xoxo

Baby update! Yay!

We went to the doctor today for the 24 week check-up. We got to hear the heart beat again, which is always cool. This time it was on a little monitor that made it sound like a cross between a disco inferno and the sound bubbles make when they pop in cartoons. I kind of wanted to dance, and not just because I’m excited.

At 24 weeks they also test for gestational diabetes. Everything came back fine on that test, so that’s more good news. All the blood work looked fine.

The doctor was very clear that Meg will be getting a flu shot, and an H1N1 vaccine when its available. Please note if you’re anti-vaccine you can keep it to yourself. I don’t really care about your pseudoscience. Hugs!

xoxo

Oh no! Breaking format already…

ok, I admit it. I also plan to do a *little* personal blogging here. I mean, we’re still 3½ months away from our due date, so something’s got to fill the time right?

Anyway, as most of you know, I’ve been unemployed for a few months (thanks, economy!). I’m not going to bother to give the details because I’m about to go to sleep, but I just wanted to say I do have an interview tomorrow with Edens and Avant for a Help Desk position. I had to take 2 tests to be considered, and I scored 0.1 point away from the highest level on Desktop Support and “Advanced” on the Help Desk portion. These are good scores.

So tomorrow at 3pm I will be interviewing for a new job. Woohoo. And also, @*&% I’m nervous!

8/25/2009 UPDATE: The interview went pretty well. They liked my work experience and generally liked my personality. I did receive some feedback that I seemed nervous, although I loosened up into the interview. Well, YEAH I’m nervous. I need a job and I have a daughter on the way! Duh. Anyway, they called me back for the second round of interviews and I just got home from that. It also went pretty well. I know once again I was probably a little nervous, but less so than last time. It turns out they’re down to 4-5 people (I thought they were down to 2 of us) and the decision will probably be made sometime next week. I have written my thank-you email, and now I just have to hope things go my way.

xoxo

Well, here it is…

… the start of the blog.

Meg and I were trying to decide the best way to keep people updated about our various goings on, but specifically about our pregnancy. After seeing our phone bill last month after I began initially contacting people with mass texts from my super awesome robot phone that Meg purchased for my birthday, we decided this would be more economical. Come to think of it, I think I still owe her some money to pay for that bill. Who knew we could text 500 times in a month? Ouch.

I don’t really have a firm grasp of our intent with this just yet. For now it will be updated as we have things to say about having a baby. Some photos, some stories, some lame attempts at humor. Standard stuff. As life moves forward, who knows what it’ll morph into? Vacations? Videos? Or, like most blogs, will it simply fade away when we get too busy or tired to keep it going?

Anyway, that’s probably enough for now.Thanks for stopping by.

xoxo