Sunday, October 07, 2007

Baby mine

The news will be published on my work Weblog tomorrow, so I may as well share it here first: Rob and I are expecting a baby girl sometime in the next month!

We're thrilled, obviously. but since I'm an older first-time mom, I didn't want to post too soon and jinx anything. We have so many friends who would love to have babies now, but can't for whatever reason, and it is impossible not to temper our joy with an awareness of what they're going through.

I still feel weird writing about it! I know some people are so effusive with this kind of news, with belly photos and baby blogs and countdown clocks, but maybe because I'm from Minnesota, maybe because I'm just private, that's not me.

We're moving into a magical, scary world that we can't possibly see from here, and for now, just moving into it together is enough.

48 comments:

Kel said...

Congratulations to you and Rob! :)

NYCGirl said...

Congratulations, Gael!!

Chrystal said...

what wonderful news! Congratulations to you, both.

Plattie said...

Congratulations Gael, that's great news!

Kris said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news. (I'm a longtime lurker.)

Sweetie Darling said...

Gael, what fantastic news! Congratulations to both of you.

missbanshee said...

Oh GAEL!!!! Congrats!!!! That's just awesome. Give us every single detail!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations, Gael!!!

How wonderful for you both. Get as much sleep as possible now...the next few months will find you more than a little bleary-eyed.

And she's be born to such cool parents, too...

me said...

Gael,
Confreakingradulations!!!! I too am an older first time mom and I have successfully made it through the first 2.5 years. Best of luck to you and Rob. I had such a great labor that I was ready to go again as soon as I delivered, you will do great and all will turn out the way it should. I can’t wait to read about this latest addition to your life. It truly was the best thing we had ever done. If you ever feel like you need to vent to another decrepit mom feel free.

Maya said...

Congratulations, Gael and Rob! What great news! I don't know you but after reading PCJM for so long I feel like I do. Best of luck to you and your family.

Jennifer said...

Oh HON i'm so happy for you i was a first time Mom last year at 38 it has been the most wonderful and amazing year of my life, so from my babygirl Lila to you and yours Much Love , Jennifer and Lila

Brian said...

Congratulations!

My wife and I were 38 years old when we had our daughter, who is now an energetic and imaginative six-year-old. I am SURE you will do just fine as new parents.

Because we were married for 15 years without a child, we found making the adjustment from our carefree kidless lifestyle to be quite challenging in the early going. Now that our daughter is old enough to do more activities, we are all enjoying this time together, but it was hard to be patient for this time to arrive.

Best of luck to you and Rob!!!

Anonymous said...

De-lurking to say Congratulations!

Curt Brown said...

Congrats!

Let me be the first to tell that one thing that you'll get really tired of hearing, but its true -
This experience will change your life.

Its freakin awesome!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I am due with my first (gender unknown thus far) in about a month, too. My due date was four weeks from yesterday. Exciting and scary stuff!

Alice said...

Congratulations Gael!

Tessie said...

Oh, YAY! And CONGRATULATIONS! How thrilling.

I think it IS a MN thing. I didn't want to tell anyone EVER and then when I did I made them shut up about it IMMEDIATELY.

From a long time reader and Minnesotan living in Texas (HELP ME).

kate said...

CONGRATS GAEL!!!!! I've been reading your blog since around 2001 I think. Never commented though. I'm happy for you guys!

Tami said...

Yay! Congrats and best wishes Gael!

rebecca said...

I love the "maybe because I'm from Minnesota"... Here in the upper midwest, we still have a sense of privacy.

Anyway, congratulations in any case and how exciting!

Emily said...

Congratulations!! That's such exciting news for you! I've been reading for years and have never commented, but this is definitely worth de-lurking. Hurrah!!

Marissa said...

Mazel tov!! Don't forget to buy her Chess for Girls. ;)

Tracie said...

This is awesome news! Congrats on the baby and this new chapter in your life. I selfishly hope you'll continue to entertain us with your blogs. But I understand if you'll want to take a break from it all.

Lots of luck!

mo pie said...

Gael!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Wow, that is damned exciting!!!

Anonymous said...

Great news for you Gael!! Long-time reader here (2002 or 2003) and I'm just real happy for you. Best wishes to all.

Laurie said...

Gael how awesome!! Congrats to you and Rob. Baby girls are the most wonderful things...I had one 11 yrs ago and she is the light of our lives. (Boys are great too, for next time!)

Hope you're feeling good and that all is well. Enjoy this most special time in your life and keep us posted!

Stephanie Madden said...

Congratulations!

Carol Elaine said...

Congratulations!

girl_in_greenwood said...

Congratulations Gael & Rob! What happy news. I hope you're not too Minnesotan to post a baby picture after your girl arrives.

howard said...

Congratulations. Babies are fun. I somehow sense the Pop Culture references are going to become a little more baby-oriented in the future.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! That's just wonderful.

Cristiane

Naomi said...

I've followed you on testpattern for a while, glad to hear the news of a soon coming baby and to follow you to another blog while you take some time for your self and your growing family

Beth said...

Oh, Gael, I am so happy for you. I had a baby girl myself in August and she is so much fun, more fun than I'd imagined. You guys are going to have a blast.

freakgirl said...

Congratulations! What happy news!

HielanLass said...

Major congrats to you and Rob!

Ellie said...

Congratulations! Good luck and best wishes.

Katryn said...

Congratulations!I'm sure everything will go swimmingly.

Sharon said...

Congratulations! That's so awesome! All the best as you prepare for her arrival.

Her Ladyship said...

Congratulations - that's fantastic news!

Dina said...

Congrats! Glad to hear the good news! I've been reading your blogs here and MSN-- they are great and make me laugh.

Ms Molly said...

Hooray and congratulations!

alison said...

well I get all my news through this and through Mom, so be sure to post tidbits about the sweet little pea often... I don't imagine you will have time or energy to keep up with all your family as well as little ol' me... although she will be my only blood neice or nephew... (picking up on the guilt trip?) Good luck in the last month... here's hoping for easy labor and an easy baby!! xoxo, your s-i-l

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! Congratulations. It's the best. Just remember, if you're really, really, really tired at the beginning, that's TOTALLY normal and gets easier. :)

Anonymous said...

From a long-time reader and random commenter-- I had my son when I was 20 and my daughter when I was 35. I can tell you that they were both amazing in different ways. :) My son and I were very close as he was growing up, and I like to think that's because I remembered so closely what he was going through at each stage. My daughter is only 3 now, but I cherish her in a different way than I did my son. I loved my son and enjoyed him as a young child, but I think because now, I know how fast things go and my own life experience has broadened, I have a different appreciation of a child, and my daughter gets to be the beneficiary of that. The past 3 years have gone by far too fast and I really wish she would slow down. But I'm loving every minute of it. :)

You'll do fine. Always follow your instincts and don't assume that other women know your child better than you do.

What works for some, doesn't work for others and a lot of this you have to make up as you go along. :)

Sleep when the baby sleeps, and DON'T feel guilty about it!

Hire a housekeeper and start finding casseroles you like. (Nothing is easier to make than a casserole and you will not have the energy to spend on cooking gourmet dinners.)

When people ask you what you need, tell them. Let them help you. They enjoy it and you'll appreciate it.

Take film pictures as well as digital. The digital will never get off the computer and you'll want to have pictures in your hand.

Breathe deep and trust yourself. Most of this comes to you on it's own.

Congratulations!

Patti said...

Congrats Gael! Be sure to let us know how it all went and what name you choose! Baby girls are so much fun. A fellow classmate of ours from CST is due with #10 (also a girl, next month!) and I have to admit, it's so much more fun to buy girl outfits!

Sarah said...

Congratulations to Baby PCJM!! Nobody could have a cooler mom.

Jeff Sparkman said...

Congratulations! If you can aim for November 5, by all means, do so. It's Bryan Adams' birthday, and Ryan Adams' birthday. I don't know if it gets much cooler than that. ;)

Best wishes to all!

Cori said...

Congrats to all three of you!