Well, here goes — might as well just spill it:
We’re going to have a baby. 😉
Deanna’s due November 20, and we couldn’t be happier. We went for our second ultrasound this week and crossed the twelve week mark, so it’s time to share the good news!
Looks just like me, huh?
Answers to most common questions upon hearing this news:
– So will the baby be born in Australia?
Nope, we don’t go down until mid-January, so we’ll have a seven-week-old (or so) on the plane, and have a little bit of time to connect with family before we go.
– Does this change any plans for your future?
Not for Australia, or rather, not for me in Australia. It means that Deanna probably won’t start working there too soon, as we had originally planned.
– Are you going to find out whether it’s a boy or a girl?
We’re torn. Still trying to decide.
– Was this planned?
We’ve struggled for years with this question. It’s not that we didn’t care one way or the other, but that we were strongly drawn in both directions – to the freedom of not having children and to the joy of having them. In January I had a real change of heart. It had something to do with a book I had just read, and the confluence of some various ideas, but suddenly I found that I was very clear on this question. Deanna and I had a big talk in a parking lot in Asheville, and it turns out that she had been moving in the same direction. Suddenly, it was abundantly clear.
So we opened that proverbial door in late January (or at least unlocked it), and this little one must have been pushing on the other side of the door, because Deanna was pregnant by the end of February.
And I was only home for four days in February. It was February 26, actually. Strangely, we know for sure.
Deanna outside of the midwives’ office
She’s just starting to show her first little signs of belly pooch, which I think it adorable. Life’s good. Thanks for celebrating with us!
My last chance to sit on Deanna’s lap for a while. Soon there won’t be room!