You might think I've been derelict in my blogging duties over the past several weeks, and you'd be largely mistaken. I know that the last public posts was from our vacation in early May, but I've actually been busy writing super-top-secret posts in the week since. Posts that were marked as super-top-secret for a very good reason. The fact of the matter is that we here at Team Soell have been working on a special project that required a little patience before we were comfortable discussing it with everyone. I'm sure by now all my vague talk of super secrets has spoken loud and clear, but if you're still not sure about what's going on, I'll spell it out for you: Team Soell is having a baby!
Captain Bojangles, as we've come to refer to him as, made himself known while we were on vacation with my family and we've spent the last several weeks freaking out, reading about babies and wondering where we're actually going to put the little guy. We're only at about ten weeks right now, so we do have a little time to figure all that out. We've also spent the time trying to think of funny/clever ways to announce The Captain's presence to everyone. In fact, you may have actually come across this post via one of these methods. Here, in no particular order, are our top five ideas:
While she's never been the caffeine junkie that I am, January has definitely been lamenting the caffeine embargo that has been placed on her. Just the other day, we came across this gigantic can of Monster Energy drink that she was saving up for her next wedding photography shoot. Guess she can't use that anymore... better just sell it on Craigslist.
Expecting a child for the first time, we're not really sure how to interpret everything going on in January's body. We both got a little freaked out around week six and asked if we could do an early ultrasound to make sure everything was ok, and our doctor was super awesome about it. We were able to get a look at the little guy that afternoon, and even heard the heartbeat for the first time. Here's a picture of the ultrasound strip we got after that first appointment.
I've been told that being a parent is the most important job I'll ever have. Accordingly, I have updated my LinkedIn profileto include the fact that I am not only responsible for the development and maintenance of several high-traffic web sites and the ongoing stability of a multi-million dollar outreach and donations database, but I'm also responsible for the health and well-being of miniature human being. You can expect progress reports to be a regular part of my annual review.
I actually don't think I could do this one better than my friends Liz and Ben "Chalupa" Boltz did. I was one of the lucky few that was told in advance of the general announcement, but I remember being very impressed at the cleverness of Liz's Facebook announce. This was back in the height of the "How well do you know me" meme that was taking over the Internet and Liz put together one that at first glance looked pretty standard, but smack in the middle was this gem:
When do I want to have kids?
a) Sometime after grad school
c) In a couple of years
d) I'm pregnant and due in January
I'm really curious to know how many people guessed correctly.
I'm a complete Foursquare addict, and I even "checked in" to the OBGYN's office the first time we went. I was careful not to check in the second time, as it would have proudly announced to all my Foursquare and Twitter friends that I was now the mayor of Professionals for Women's Health. And although we didn't actually have an appointment today, I thought it appropriate to go ahead and retroactively get that mayorship locked down.
So there's the big news! We're having a baby! As I said, I've got several older posts written up and I'll be publishing them over the next couple weeks, along with ongoing updates, so keep an eye here. We're about 40% freaked out, 40% excited, and 20% confused... but either way it should be entertaining for anyone following along.