Why Lemony?
(the “About Me” page)

August 15, 2004

I have three children

I've tried two times to post about my first midwife appointment so far, but each time, Maya gets irritated with me for not paying enough attention to her and comes up and hits the Escape key and instantly erases all of what I've written. 'Escape mommy, from the non-Maya clutches of that machine! Here, I'll rescue you!' Uh, thanks dear, but some kind of help is the kind of help we all can do without. (Who all knows where that line comes from?) Right now I'm the only one in the house, so I think I'm safe this time.

Everything went fine (at the appointment) and we got to hear the baby's heartbeat. It was 152 bpm which I think is kind of average- I can't really remember from last time. She (my default pronoun for babies) was really squirrely running away from the microphone for a while before she got caught in a corner and Ray (the midwife) said, 'The baby's being uncooperative. It must be a boy' to which Billy intoned 'We can learn!'. I didn't laugh because then we wouldn't hear the baby, but I thought it was pretty funny.

Now that we know that everything is ok, I can continue my plan of trying to be really calm and peaceful (in hopes that she will be too). They set my due date at February 27th officially. I can't wait to meet her! I love my baby so much already.

Maya was pretty apprehensive about me going to the 'doctor' and Georgia wanted to know everything that was happening, so we all trooped through the three parts of the first appointment (nurse interview, midwife check up and pap smear, lab tests). Maya looked worried for a while, but we had an angelic nurse who brought them snacks, and she was really interested in all the weird things that were happening to mommy. Georgia whispered to me after we heard the heartbeat to ask if there was more than one baby in there, and Ray confirmed that there was only one.

In other news, we had a great game night here Wedensday that Billy organized where our neighbors and Billy's coworkers and Liz, Nate and Husayn did some really hilarious charades and drawings playing Cranium. We've seen very little of Georgia this week, since cousin fun is still to be had, and Maya's really freaked out by her absence, but we'll go back to normal in a couple days. Then Georgia starts school on the 23rd. Hmmm.. we're going to have to find something that's just for Maya to do in the mornings when Georgia's at school. She'll go stir crazy here without her favorite person.

Posted by Bahiyyih at August 15, 2004 05:23 PM

It's so wonderful that Georgia and Maya are as close as they are. It seems like I spent so many of my growing up years bickering with my sister. Over the years, I have really come to appreciate her as the beautiful and passionate woman she is, but it wasn't until her wedding last weekend that I realized just how much I have always loved her. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. Yeah for sisters!

Posted by: Katie Smith at August 15, 2004 08:06 PM

Yey baby Baker! It's always fun to hear about a baby's in-the-womb spunk. So glad she let you hear her precious heart beat!! And yey Bahiyyih, for helping that baby grow inch by inch :)

Posted by: liza at August 16, 2004 12:39 PM

Maybe you'll get twins NEXT time. I'm delighted for your 2 + 1 = 3. You'll get a few hours of sleep here and there this way. I love Georgia checking on the possibility of two swimmers in there.

Thank you for sharing your feelings and happenings, Bahiyyih. Brightens my day.

Posted by: Nana at August 18, 2004 09:29 PM

Good old Zachary Zug. Lucy loves that song! I like hearing all the stats on the baby. Nice comeback from Bill. How much longer till you know?

Posted by: layli at August 19, 2004 11:09 PM

p.s. that game night sounds like it was fun!

Posted by: layli at August 19, 2004 11:11 PM

Is there such a thing as a cute checkup? This story is so adorable! Do you know that a Baha'i from Ohio was in town a couple of weeks ago to interview for a midwife position at Carle? How exciting would that be!

Posted by: suzanne at August 23, 2004 10:17 AM

Wow, a Baha'i midwife- that would be really great!

Lay, we'll know at the ultrasound that happens some time in October I think.

Posted by: Bahiyyih at August 25, 2004 03:09 PM