Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Jiggs's Modesty

My husband and I went for my 20 week ultrasound on Monday to find out if we were having a boy or girl. Everything looked great measurement wise and the baby was doing great. However, the question of what gender Jiggs is could not be answered that day as he/she decided to be modest and not show us if it was a boy or girl. Jiggs kept its legs crossed Indian style and its hands between its legs, and the ultrasound tech had no luck in getting the baby to move at all. I was very upset and even told the baby that it was a pain in the arse since all of the pregnant women that I know already know what they are having. I was upset that I had to still call Jiggs an it.

However, I realized today that the baby is healthy and is right on target and that is the only thing that matters. I will have to have an ultrasound done every month since my pregnancy is high risk due to my blood clotting issues and the fact that I have to take heparin injections to carry the baby to term. So hopefully we will find out next month. Until we find out, I will keep getting gender neutral items for the baby until we know if it is a boy or girl.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. I know I have very much to be thankful for.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I passed comps and baby thoughts

Just a quick post to update everyone about comps. I passed them with flying colors. So, now I am half-way to being ABD (all done but dissertation) for my PhD. I have two exams left: major field and minor field exams. Once I have completed them, I can begin work on my dissertation on the transfer of Bombay from Portuguese to English hands. It is amazing how the stress has lifted from my shoulders and how relaxed I feel now that the ordeal of comprehensive exams are over with.

Now, on to the baby front. We will find out the sex of the baby in only seven more days. We think it is a boy but we would be happy if it was a girl too. We have finally decided on names for a boy and girl. Michael Collins or Grace O'Malley are what we decided upon. Both names are based on Irish rebels from Irish history, so it seems fitting to name our child after an Irish historical hero since we are both Irish and very active in the Irish-American community here in Toledo. I also finally felt the baby kick. It felt like bubbles popping in my stomach. It was a pretty neat feeling and I can't wait to feel the baby kick on a regular basis.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Turning 30

I will be turning the ripe old age of 30 this month and I wanted to post my thoughts on the subject. This time last year I thought I would be really upset about turning 30, but I have realized lately that I have accomplished a lot in my life and that I shouldn't let getting another year older get to me. I have graduated with my bachelor and master's degrees and I am working on my doctorate. I am also employed as an adjunct instructor, so my career is heading in the right direction. In my persona life, I am married to my best friend and love of my life, have two great dogs and my husband and I are expecting the child that we have always wanted. So, life is good overall. So, I have decided to not let a number such as 30 make me feel depressed or think about what I have not accomplished in life. Instead, I am going to think about what I have accomplished and what all I have to look forward to in the future.