March 2003

March 31, 2003
Fray Baby Story

I told the story of the birth of my first born at { fray cafe 3 } march 9, 2003. It's 31 minutes into Part Two (second link). Immediately after me is Paul telling a high school story.

March 27, 2003
Junior Reprised

POP! The First Human Male Pregnancy is not for real, but it's interesting to see how much work they put into the site.

March 26, 2003
Blah Blah Blah

Yikes! This has been quiet. I've been wrapped up in a lot of work and helping Paul with the job search. We had a busy weekend with two carnivals and two games. To boot, I get morning sickness here and there... yes, even though I'm in the third trimester. I felt great for most of the second and third trimesters with the other two pregnancies except for the occasional aches and discomfort. Not so, this time. Taking more naps and still eating crackers to ease the stomach. But, no aches and pains. Discomfort here and there, but with a baby having a shoving match with your ribs or using the bladder as a stepping stone... that's expected.

Little one has some wild moving days. It was active two nights ago. Wish I had caught it on camera. Get the thoughts of nudity out of your mind. I'm not like that!

About seven and one-half more weeks to go. Gosh. It's exciting and it's stressful. What do I mean, stressful??? Well, it means I'm going to have to face with what's leftover of the pregnancy... flab. I'm not one of those who can eat anything I please nor lose weight easily. Bet Catherine Zeta-Jones will get it all off within weeks.

March 22, 2003
Initial Shock Has Passed

Am OK now. Got over the initial shock. Instead of whining and crying about it, I'm helping take action and it has helped me stay calm.

Newsletter just reported I have 56 days to my due date, which is also eight weeks. Wow. I'm actually still patient about the big day. Oh, I can't wait to meet the new little geek, but being pregnant only happens once in a blue moon depending on the number of kids involved.

This is our last, so after this I'll never again have the pleasure of feeling a child move around inside. Of course, I won't have annoying parts either. It's amazing how quickly we forget exactly how it feels. You remember the high level feeling, but it's not the same as actually feeling it move.

A month late, but better than never. Kerry and Joe had their beautiful daughter, Ceili Morgan, on February 19, 2003. They posted a great picture of her.

March 21, 2003
It Happened

The thing I didn't want to happen has happened. Don't know what we're going to do. Baby is fine. It's a job thing.

March 17, 2003
Need Irish Luck

Major family crisis happening today. Please send prayers and wishes of luck to Plano, Texas.

Update: Meeting was canceled. Have to wait another day.

March 14, 2003

When people ask me how I am, I try to be positive. However, I can't help but admit I'm danged tired. Don't want to be a complainer, but this one has me more rundown than the previous two.

Just returned from a fun weekend at sxsw where I took it as slow as possible compared to last year. Despite that, I still managed to take one of my longer naps and slept as soon as I got home.

At Fray3, I told the story of giving birth to the first child. I think being pregnant while telling the story gave it more impact especially when I told everyone to imagine my being TWO more months pregnant. I ain't small! To start, I asked how many had children... maybe five to ten percent of hands went up. Then, I asked how many wanted children... only a few more hands went up. Ooh, I was in for it... about to scare these people out of wanting kids unless those guys don't tell the pregnant woman the story... On the bright side! Birth #2 went smoothly without a hitch. That story would be boring to share.

Thought I had posted the story, but I guess not. I'll write the rest of the gory details as I told at Fray and post them.

March 06, 2003
Social Security

No, no, this isn't a post to remind everyone to get a Social Security Number for their babies. The admin people will do the nagging instead. We had been going back and forth over a name for a girl (the boy's name was settled quickly). The name we thought we were going to use for a girl turned out to be way too common in recent years.

When you have a last name like Evans, a common first name isn't a good thing. What are the chances of meeting another with the same first and last name? Let me put it this way, when Paul was in the military, he ran into some credit problems and couldn't explain it. After the usual run around, he learned there was another Paul Evans in the military whose social security number was exactly like his except for ONE digit! I dare you to look up Paul Evans in any phone book or online phone directory. See how many show up. That's why we choose lesser common names.

We don't do the spelling variation game. We spell names as they are originally known to be spelled. Want to see some far out spelling variations? Go to Social Security's Web site. It can be a great source for baby name ideas as that's how we may have come up with a name for the girl. No, I'm not going to spill the beans. We looked at all the usual baby name Web sites and books, but SSA is more useful. You can't look up meanings on the Web site, use the usual sites for that.

The site lists the most popular names for newborn up to 1000. The information includes male, female, and the number of babies receiving that name. Wonder how popular the name has been since 1990? Enter the name into the box on the right. I tried Meryl and it's never broken the top 1000. No surprise. You can search names by decade beginning in 1900.

Even if you are not looking for names, it's fun reading the names and see how people changed spelling. Babies born in 2001 have been named America, Heaven, Justice, Charity, Diamond, and Princess. Think about it -- 200 babies received the name listed #1000. So a few hundred girls have the aforementioned names.

The big surprise? The number of babies receiving names when the spelling is different such as Caitlin, which also gets spelled Katelynn, Katelyn, Kaitlyn, Katlyn, and Kaitlynn. What about boys? Their names have far fewer creative spelling than girls.

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