So my husband and I have a BIG project that we’ve been working on and we’ve finally decided to share it online…. we’re expecting! The baby is due in May 2010, a time which seems to be hurtling towards us at the speed of light.
It’s been a rough three months. I’ve been completely exhausted, which is why I’ve totally been falling behind in the work that I normally do in the evenings: email, blogging, writing, planning presentations, writing up documents for work, household chores, etc. However, I’m starting to get my energy back and I’ve regained a few more hours each day. I was also completely food averse for the first trimester. Nothing was appealing (much to my nutritionist’s dismay). However, I’ve turned a corner and now alternate between food aversion and being absolutely ravenous, so we’re moving in a good direction!
The baby apparently knew that John and I both keep an academic schedule, so it conveniently planned to arrive around spring exams, making maternity leave fit neatly over the summer months. I’ll be back at work in August. I won’t be leaving the professional conversations online and elsewhere, though I suspect I won’t be all that engaged while I’m away from the office learning about this new person in our lives and the role I’ll be planing. I’m starting to target my professional involvement a bit more and saying no to a lot more than I typically would. I figure as I get the hang of things, I can ramp back up as appropriate.
We’re super happy, excited, and a bit overwhelmed about this next step, but mostly excited. And I’m really excited to finally be able to share the news with you.
So the FAQs I’ve getting from folks In Real Life:
- What’s the website?
We don’t have one. For some reason, John and I are decidedly low tech in just a few areas of our lives. At this point we haven’t really talked about having a website for the process or the baby, opting for emails instead. There will probably be a lot of photos on Flickr and posts on Facebook, though.
- Does that mean you’ll blog about it here?
Probably not, unless the posts are about balancing work and family, or something else library related. Though, you might be in for an occasional cute picture if I can’t resist.
- Will/can you be vegan throughout the pregnancy?
If I can put on enough weight and take the regular supplements, apparently! I’m seeing a nutritionist once a month, and she feels totally fine about it. My doctor does, too. If I can’t gain weight fast enough (and they want me to gain A LOT) then I’ll probably have to figure out how to incorporate eggs and/or dairy. And I’ll happily do it if that’s what I need to do. I just want to avoid it if I can. (I’ve already broken the vegan rules a few times with baked goods.)
- What conferences will you be going to?
I’ll be at Midwinter 2010 and Midwinter 2011. I’ll probably miss any of the big conferences between then. There’s a chance I might do a local one before March. Other than that, probably best to wait and see how things are going.