• Parenting,  Pregnancy

    Why the baby doesn’t have a name yet

    Our third child, a boy, is due in April. My husband and I do not have a name picked out and likely won’t by the time he arrives. With our two older sons, we brought a list of possible names to the hospital and named each baby the day after he was born. A couple of nights ago we had a long (and initially productive) baby-name discussion. This is how it ended: I said, “I still like Grayson. Or maybe just Gray. Something like—“ “Something Batman-esque?” He asked. “No, I didn’t think of that, but there’s your comic-book connection.” “Something that says, ‘My parents were doomed acrobats?’” “Shut up! Are…

  • Life,  Parenting,  Pregnancy

    The baby’s not in your thighs, Dear.

    I’m seven months pregnant and digging deeper into the storage bin of maternity clothes each week. Today I pulled out “the $12 pants” and thought of this story, written about a week before my second child was born (originally posted on my MySpace blog). Monday, April 16, 2007 My mass and/or girth reached some sort of critical point on Friday and suddenly I could not pull on my maternity pants.  Fearing this might happen, I had purchased a pair of larger pants from the JC Penny catalog earlier in the week.  I wore them on Friday and Saturday.  Happily, they allowed blood flow to my legs while seated (a nice…

  • Dreams,  Pregnancy,  Work

    Fever Dream

    I’m pregnant and right now I’m also sick, so I nap a lot. This afternoon I dreamt that I had to collect everyone’s retirement incentive responses via Facebook. The first problem with this is that I deleted my Facebook account several months ago, because I hate it. I have enough trouble keeping up with my real social obligations without feeling guilty for not tending other people’s virtual gardens or sending them enough clever bumper stickers. The second problem with this is . . . NOOOO, DON’T MAKE ME WORK THROUGH FACEBOOK!!! . . . . Ahem. Anyway, I woke up amused by the idea of creating a “Human Resources” Facebook…