Archive for June, 2008

You don’t know B3’s name…

June 30, 2008

…but children’s book author Wednesday Kirwan does!

ALA is always a great place to buy books, and I picked up a copy of Minerva the Monster, a charming tale about a dog who pretends to be a monster but discovers monsters miss out on a lot of fun.  Ms. Kirwin was at the publisher’s booth, autographing her books, and I had one inscribed to B3–using his real name!

Oddly, this made the whole idea of having a kid seem more real than almost anything else I’ve done since learning I was pregnant.  It somehow brought home to me that B3 will be a real person, with his own personality, interests, likes, and dislikes.  This is so cool!

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Eek, a Mouse!

June 28, 2008

I’m spending a few days in Anaheim, CA, at the American Library Association annual meeting.  I’m not a big Disney fan, so this wouldn’t be my first (or thirty-first) vacation choice, but I do think Anaheim is nicer than Orlando. 

For one thing, the weather is lovely.  I hadn’t realized how much the Houston heat had been affecting me until I awoke to a beautiful Southern California morning.  I actually enjoyed the walk to the conference hotel, which was a surprise.

The conference is going well so far, although managing the diabetes thing is challenging, since my schedule is far from routine and healthy food can be hard to come by.  It seems most database vendors would rather bribe librarians with mini cheesecakes and imported chocolates than with vegetables and low-fat cheese.

No pictures for this entry.  There’s a reason copyright extension laws are often named for Mickey Mouse.

Well-versed

June 25, 2008

One of the many things we’re looking forward to about B3’s arrival is that we’ll get to order a Freestone Pottery baby plate, which will be lovingly handcrafted by the Bennetts’ dear friends, Tom and Sally Freestone. 

The plate can include a short Bible verse, so I’ve been thinking about which one we might choose.  Using BibleGateway.com, I did a search on “child,” which resulted in a wide variety of options.  I think we’ll steer clear of the thundering curses cast down by the prophets, but the Psalms and New Testament offer a few nice possibilities. 

Then I started thinking maybe we could order a custom set.  Perhaps a plate for B3 that reads, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (Eph 6:1), and one for Micah featuring “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph 6:4).  Or, better yet, B3 could get a plate displaying “‘First, let the children eat all they want,’ he told her, ‘for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs'” (Mk 7:27), and Snow could get a bowl adorned with “‘ Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘but even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs'” (Mk 7:28).

No picnic

June 24, 2008

Or, more accurately, a picnic at which all your favorite foods are on display but off limits.

I recently got a diagnosis of gestational diabetes, which is not a lot of fun.  I have to watch my diet very closely and test my blood glucose level four times a day.  From a purely abstract, scientific perspective, this is kind of interesting (though I don’t think I’ll go so far as to prove my Bennett bona fides by putting the test results in a spreadsheet), but it’s hard to make major adjustments in my eating habits.  Perversely, my prescribed diet in no way corresponds to normal pregnancy cravings, so I have to work hard to find foods that are both appropriate and appealing.

That being said, the payoff is that if I can keep things under control, B3 should be in much better shape upon his arrival.  For one thing, he’ll be less likely to be gigantic–which will make things a lot easier for me, too!

(Snow, by the way, is the one family member enjoying significant benefits from this situation: I have to eat a lot of protein, often in the form of egg whites, so she is getting lots of egg yolk treats.  She’ll have the shiniest coat in the neighborhood!)

The Unremarkable B3

June 24, 2008

Yesterday I had another ultrasound to check on the potentially dangerous placenta situation.  I’m relieved to tell you that it’s no longer a problem!

To my surprise, the tech also spent a fair amount of time looking at B3’s anatomy, taking measurements and preparing a report for my OB.  After reviewing the images, Dr. Clark declared him “unremarkable.”  I guess that’s what you hope to hear!

He’s a bit on the big side–83rd percentile for growth–but with a tall daddy and even taller uncles, this is not surprising.  I’ll do my best to keep him from getting too big, in hopes of giving him an uncomplicated entry into the world.