T minus who the heck knows…

We’ve decided that giving expectant parents a due date is just annoying, and in all honesty a bit ridiculous. They should really give a due range. Even though we know that only about 5% of women actually give birth on the “official” day, there’s something about waiting for that date, especially as the waiting becomes a matter of days, that makes everyone a bit nutty. And there’s no way to know when Baby Fierce will make her debut appearance. She’s head down and tucked in low (my belly has definitely sunk), but she could hang like that for another two weeks if she decides that’s what she’d like to do. In the meantime, she seems perfectly content to spin around in circles, basically break-dancing on her head. Which I generally think is hilarious unless she’s doing it at 1:00 in the morning. And the joys of real-life parenting haven’t even begun yet…

So we’re trying to get in lots of sleep, relaxation, and mellow hang out time before we become completely responsible for a totally helpless human being. We also pulled together the baby corner of the house which has some international flair–a wall hanging from Guatemala, a gorgeous shawl that Josh brought back for me from India, and a rocking chair we bought on craigslist that was made in Yugoslavia (kind of random and very sturdy). The Dooleys sent us some ocean animal prints in honor of Sophia’s Piscean nature (and there’s a chance she and Nichole could be birthday twins!), Auntie Claire contributed her artistic eye to help me put up the beautiful bird paintings that our dear friend Ali made for Sophia, so we’re feeling very Portland, and the drawers of our craiglist dresser continue to fill up with adorable baby clothes that my students cannot resist buying. All in all, we’re about as ready as we can be for what we hear is a seismic life shift.

And as soon as we know Sophia face to face, we’ll let you all know:-)


About jessicaepierce

Jessica Pierce has worked a a farm hand, file clerk, bicycle mechanic and teaching poet. After taking up space every where from the San Joaquin Valley to Arkansas to Boston to Guatemala to India to Oakland, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, a sitar player, and their two year old daughter. As the lead teacher and language arts teacher at an alternative school outside of Portland, she works with high school students at risk of dropping out. She also teaches summer creative writing classes at St. Mary's Academy in downtown Portland. Her work has been published in the Painted Bridge Quarterly, the Christian Science Monitor weekly magazine, outwardlink.net, The Times of India (Kolkata), and the Northwest Review, which nominated her for Meridian magazine’s 2007 Best New Poets anthology. She’s had the privilege of studying with Rosanna Warren, Dorianne Laux, Pimone Triplett, Sam Witt and Jorie Graham.
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1 Response to T minus who the heck knows…

  1. Kat says:

    You look fabulous Jessica, and I love the baby nook! Enjoy your last days of pregnancy, can’t wait to see you in October, if not sooner. Sending you positive birthing vibes and wishing you and Josh the best for a wonderful labor and delivery.

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