This time next week, I’ll have a new baby. What a strange, incredible concept! One day, no baby. Next day, baby. I sound dumb, right? I am dumb. Even though I’ve been through this before, I can’t seem remember anything. And how will this new arrival impact living in my two bedroom apartment? I know people all over the city do this all the time, but it seems like a game of Jenga to me. Initially it’s easy, since for the first couple of months he’ll sleep in a bassinet in our bedroom. Then what? I have no idea. I mean, I guess he’ll room with Eve. Hopefully she’ll be excited about that and not dangle spit loogies on his head while he sleeps. But how to set it all up? The truth is that I don’t think about it, but Courtney cares and she’s 17 months pregnant, so I need to find a way to speak her language on this. I need to care. Who better to help me solve this logistical conundrum but the Internet? I started looking online to see how apartments can be reconfigured with two kids in a room and I stumbled across Project Nursery. Cool site, lots of splashy photos, good ideas to steal. So, when Courtney emails a couple of links asking which bedspread I like the best, the truth is that I don’t really know. It’s not that I don’t care, but…I don’t. So she gets a lame answer, “I like them equal amounts, honey.” Come on, even I know how ridiculous I sound when this amazing woman is looking for some sort of real engagement while trying to get her mind off the eight-pound basketball in her belly. So, on Project Nursery, I can search for rooms that have cool shit in them. Instead of telling Courtney that I would prefer to ‘dude’ it up a little while keeping Eve’s girly stuff in the mix, I can show her some stuff. Seems we can get Angelina Ballerina on one side, Iron Man on the other. Compromise! Because I know there’s no way I’m ever going to have the room decorated with x-wings and TIE fighters. Sigh.
There’s a new baby on the way! Courtney and I will be expecting our second child this coming April, and we are thoroughly delighted. This past Friday was the 20 week marker, notable primarily because it’s the point in time where the “anatomical sonogram” is performed. Using some crazy Starship Enterprise technology, the technicians are able to measure the baby’s relevant bits on a television in real-time directly in front of you. It is a humbling and bizarre experience for sure, made even more thrilling because they can also determine your baby’s sex for the first time. Know what makes it an infinitely less thrilling experience? Having to share this incredible life-changing special moment with some dour sonogram technician. Why they are so grumpy, I have no idea.But a friend gave us the following idea, and it is brilliant: at the moment when they determine on the monitor whether the result is twig and berries or lack thereof, we avert our eyes and ask the technician to write the sex down on a card and seal it in an envelope. Then we pick a local restaurant for dinner that evening for The Big Reveal, and over dinner and drinks (well, I guess the drinks are just for me) we open up the envelope. Words cannot express how truly wonderful it is to see the magic words on the page with your loving spouse seated across with tears in her eyes…and a delicious appetizer between you. In that moment, all is right with the universe.
IT’S A BOY!
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