Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My bionic nose

Oh hi, so I'm pregnant. How awesome is that, right? It seriously is.

I'll just come right out and say that no one is coming to our house to film a home pregnancy test commercial. There's me, completely oblivious to any possibility of pregnancy, going to my in-laws' and drinking all kinds of cocktails in the weeks after conception, because that's what they do there. When in Rome and all. Marinating the poor thing. Oh well, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger at that age, I'm told. Then there's me realizing, oh, it might actually be, you know, THAT, and there's Jeff all, my life is OVER. No one has ever had two children, EVER, except ME, and it's like really, really hard. And I'm all, pfft. Shut up dude, what you don't LOVE me? That's IT, right? Now I KNOW. I'm pretty sure I said, fine, too. And then there's how I didn't even get the first test right because I peed on it when I didn't actually have to pee and at like midnight so it was a test where the TEST WINDOW didn't light up or activate or whatever. So not only can I not manage my fertility, but I cannot pee on a stick! I am, however, a wonderful mother. Ask anyone.

And then there's the next morning where I actually got the dumb thing right, and seriously here no one would film it because it was like 6am and I hadn't slept much and looked like crap and it was dark anyway. And I'm not even sure Jeff is awake, but I get back in bed and I'm all, are you awake? and he's all, yes of course I'm awake, dumbass, and I'm all, it's positive, and then we just sort of lay there and I'm all, don't you dare freak out like you did last time, except I was really only like that in my head, what I was probably really like was like, how about some coffee, then we sort of just went to work, kind of in shock. Taking it all in and such.

But it ends okay, because, fast forward many weeks, past me procrastinating calling the doctor, because what can they do anyway? Have me pee on one of THEIR sticks? Bah. But finally I went, and there it was, all wiggly and cute and heart-beating and all, and then we grinned and held hands and thought it was really cute, more kind of like it's supposed to go when adoring, stable parents find out they miraculously get the honor of doing it again. So now I am of ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE, except apparently they don't call it that anymore, but now they call me an ELDERLY MULTIGRAVID. How times change. These crazy kids in obstetrics and their fashions, I can hardly keep up with them.

Well, so there we have it! Clean out your casserole pans for April and start the dinner train! (It's kind of pathetic how I immediately think of how everyone should jump to attention to begin taking care of me. Classic youngest child. Yawn.)

And I can smell everything anyone ever did within a mile of me. The dust, it's killing me. And Taco Bell, it's the best place EVER. And Cheerios. I'm like Sniff, in Hugo's Richard Scarry story "Sniff Catches the Robber" (Hugo is AWESOME, by the way)--

Sniff is a detective.
He helps people find things.
He helps catch bad people.
He thinks with his head.
He smells with his nose.

And holy crap, isn't this amazing? It so is. I'm over the moon.

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CAQuincy said...

Wow! Congrats! That's awesome!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations! (How is elderly multigravid better than advanced maternal age? Sheesh.)

She She said...

I'm thrilled for you! Congratulations!
And, oh my god, having two kids is NOTHING like having one kid (but forget I said that) -- I mean, Congratulations!
I was Advanced Maternal Age, too (delivered # 3 at 40). Pretty soon, I expect they'll be opening geriatric maternity wings to keep us away from the young breeders.

phd in yogurtry said...

Big congrats to all of you! So sweet, these pregnancy tidbits.

And now, just hold your breath, ELDERLY MULTIGRAVID. My second pregnancy as an ELDERLY MULTIGRAVID turned into baby #2 and baby #3.

phd in yogurtry said...

And no, did not use fertility. And did the same as you. Didn't know. Drank before the dip stick test. Both pregnancies. I watch Mad Men, if for no other reason, to see the pregnant ladies a smokin' and a drinkin'.

smalltownmom said...

Wonderful! Congratulations!

Rima said...

So that's where you've been!

CONGRATULATIONS! "Gravida 2"! How exciting!

Stacy (Mama-Om) said...

I've been wondering where where you were!

Yes, holy shit! And total magic... :)



Anonymous said...

Congrats!! :) What great news.

Hey, just for fun, tell Jeff the dr said it might be twins, and watch his face. Warning: Do not let him drive after any such announcement ;)

Mac and Cheese said...

That's the best news! Kinda helps you delay the career choices too!

Anonymous said...

Elderly Multigravid? Really? That is horrible. Seriously.

But two kids-- that's awesome. Congratulations on your new little bringer of happiness. :)

Kristen M. said...

Congratulations! April is the perfect time to be due. Enjoy the rest of your solo time with Hugo too. :)

Dani in NC said...

Congrats! Can't help you with any two-kid advice, because we went directly from one to three to four. The few times I have only two kids in the house I feel like I'm on vacation :-).

I can identify with the hyper-sensitive nose, but it was a negative for me. Everything that I once loved made me ill during my first pregnancy. My oldest daughter is 16 and I still can't stand the smell of Shake and Bake.

The Green Stone Woman said...

Congratulations, I think it is wonderful. Have a really happy pregnancy and enjoy every damn month of it. Hurray!

Rebekah said...

WOOOOO! As a former Aged multigravid old-lady gestator blah-blah-blah, I can only say: Go! And make sure they don't con you into feeling you're too geriatric for all that newfangled kid stuff the 20-something moms can do. Because, you know, GAH! HOORAY and CONGRATULATIONS for #2!

Hay said...

Congrats! I have two April babies :)

All Adither said...

Congrats! That's fantastic. Better you than me! But, seriously, I'm really happy for you. And isn't 'Over the Moon' what all the celebrity's publicists say when their clients have babes?

Jen Anderson said...


Megan said...

So, this was your test to see if I'm reading your blog, right? All this time you've been silently kicking my butt in FB scrabble and it turns out your advantage is due to the fact that you have a silent partner! Cheater. OK, this is AWESOME news and just proves that we have to get together sometime soon. OK? OK? I have some news too but it's not in the creating-new-life category. Again, I lose! Bah.

see you there! said...

Well my goodness I just wandered over to check that cute kiddo you have and find out your are going to produce another one.

Cute Kiddo Land! Need a spare Nana?



Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Congratulations! So exciting.

I think you should punch anyone who calls you an elderly multigravid. Seriously.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Motherhood suits you and I can only imagine that having two will enhance the experience for you!

lapoflux said...

Yeah!!! What wonderful news Nora!!!! Yippee! Yeehaw!!

Mrs. G. said...


Mike said...

Congratulations. Enjoy every second.

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Anna said...

You. Lucky. Thing.


apathy lounge said...

Wow! Congratulations!

nelsoneroni said...

Congrats! I remember when my oldest met his baby brother in the hospital. He poked him softly in the chest and said "Can the baby just live in the hospital?"

I also remember being in love with fast food hamburgers and repulsed by the smell of garlic. I must have been a vampire in a previous life.

Minnesota Matron said...

Congratulations!! And good luck in about one year :-)

Middle Aged Woman said...

I LOVE finding a new blog to read! Congratulations! Glad I got here for the beginning. Maybe I should thank Mrs. G!

snugglebug said...

I thought this was really funny. Congrats on the addition!

Candi said...

Just found your blog and think you are too funny! I am also a geriatric baby maker (I am 38 and baby due in early June)and it totally freaked us out too (this will be #3).

Good luck to you!

inadvertent farmer said...

When I saw that written on my chart (I was 42 when I gave birth last) I almost choked someone...Let's see...over 40, pregnant for the 5th time, sick, annoyed and you have the nerve to write WHAT about my age...take it back or I might just smack you up along side the head young man!

Congrats...two is a breeze...five could possibly kill you! Kim

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