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In which I answer your baby questions

January 13, 2011

If you haven’t yet seen my post from this morning, I’d advise you to scroll down and check it out. No worries, I’ll wait.

*hums while waiting*

There… now you’re all caught up on our big news. And you don’t think I’m claiming to be some baby guru know-it-all who will answer your baby-related questions that are keeping you up at night. I’ll just answer your questions about one specific baby: our baby.

I still can’t get over how wonderful that sounds: our baby. Our baby. Our baby. Sigh.

Moving right along… here are some of those spoken (and unspoken) questions:

Q: When are you due?
A: Late July… the professionals say July 19th, which is suspiciously close to Jeff’s birthday on the 21st.

Q: So, how many weeks along are you?
A: 13 weeks. Almost to the end of the first trimester!

Q: How have you been feeling?
A: Overall, very good. I had zero energy for most of December (just coming out of that fatigue now), but haven’t been actually sick. I felt like I was going to get sick a few times, but thankfully the feeling always passed.

Q: Are you going to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl?
A: Yes.

Q: Speaking of which, what is your preference? Boy or girl?
A: Honestly, I don’t care. Really. I never really believed parents-to-be when they said that before, but it’s true. However, Jeff’s family runs very strongly to boys so I will be surprised if we have a girl. Even though my mother-in-law thinks the baby will be a girl. (Sorry, Alice!)

Q: Will your blog turn into baby central?
A: No, not completely. This is primarily a personal blog, and, obviously, this is a big piece of my life right now… and will become even more so in the months ahead. However, I think this blog will be good practice for me to keep other things in my life active and fresh as I make sense of this new thing called motherhood. While I will soon be adding “mama” to my identity, I don’t want to find my entire identity in that one role.

Q: What’s the likelihood of red-haired offspring?
A: Okay, so I admit that I’m the one who most often ponders this question (along with a few family members). I’ve secretly wished for a little pack of cute curly-haired redheads for longer than I’d care to admit. Here’s a quick run-down of the genetics at play: Jeff is one of four boys, two of which inherited their father’s red hair. On my side, I’ve got my dad and brother with red(ish?) beards, my own red-ish highlights from the summer sun, and a great-grandmother with full credentials. I really haven’t a clue what that all adds up to… I just hope I get at least one red-haired kid!

Q: Do you have a nickname for the baby?
A: Sure do — we’re calling him/her Roo for the time being. Think Kanga and Roo from Winnie the Pooh. Jeff made a comment about my “baby pouch” early on, and it just kind of stuck.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2011 1:50 pm

    Okay, so you I didn’t get to see you while you were nearby AND you were pregnant then!!! Tsk, tsk.

  2. George Weber permalink
    January 13, 2011 6:01 pm

    Congratulations Sarah! We are very happy for you and Jeff!!

  3. jon miller permalink
    January 13, 2011 10:27 pm

    Babytime!!! Woooooo!!!

  4. prairiecowboy permalink
    January 13, 2011 10:33 pm

    Our Meg was carrying a Roo, too! Congratulations! and blessings on your house. Red hair skips around in the generations, but you have plenty of angles, so here’s hoping!

  5. January 17, 2011 5:59 pm

    Roo is a great nickname for the baby! :D And really, I hope you don’t completely neglect to talk about Roo here — I’m very excited to follow you through this journey! :D

  6. January 18, 2011 5:02 pm

    Oh, congratulations! So very excited for you, your husband and family. And July birthdays are the best! Mine is the 18th, my father’s is the 19th and my sister’s is the 23rd. We call it “Christmas in July.” Sounds like Roo and Jeff will have their own July party blast! Too fun.

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