Friday, December 12, 2008

From Dec. 2, 2003

I wrote this on my blog five years ago. What a long, and in some ways good, some ways really bad five years it's been. It's hard, exciting, frustrating, patience trying, trying to get preggers.

I was going to leave a comment in the post below to answer Emmie's comment, but then it got kinda long, figured I'd just write a new post.

Before I found out I couldn't get pregnant (about a year or so ago), I was going to have a baby that looked like me, then Nerdstar was going to have a baby that looked like her, and if we had more, we'd mix it up. Yes, I was being selfish and wanted a little girl that looked just like me.

The month she found out she was being called to active duty was the month she was going to try to get pregnant for the first time. Obviously, that's been postponed until she gets home. I've told her that she can choose whatever type of sperm she wants. Neither of us will care one bit what our kids look like. By the time we actually have any they could be blue and orange and we wouldn't care. Fortunately, even my parents don't seem to care - they just want more grandchildren any way they can get them!

It's fun to watch people when she and I go out with my nephew Zachary and she's the one carrying him or holding his hand as they walk and I'm walking behind them - people usually look at them kinda funny, look around and see me, then you can see them thinking "oh, ok." And this is in the liberal city of Austin, not small town Texas.

I know there are tons of interracial people out there, one of my good friends is Scottish/Chinese. We'd be thrilled if our daughter turned out as pretty as she is. (hi Dawn!) I just worry about all the "stupid baggage" our kids will be carrying around as kids of an interracial lesbian couple. I joke around that I won't be saving for their college, I'll be saving for their therapy - there are scholarships for college :-) If you want to know why I worry, well, read the comments on any gay parents news story over on Lucianne sometime.

Monday, December 8, 2008

I'm Not Competing

We went to a baby shower yesterday. The first one I've been to in over fifteen years. It was fun. We got to take Ramen dog to play with a couple of other dogs. And there were two eight month olds there, a boy and a girl.

Until Nerdstar is actually pregnant or we have a kid of our own. it's always going to be hard for me to be around little kids. It just makes me sad and jealous.

But what was also interesting to see first hand is how competitive parenting has become.

Of course, I read about such things, and hear about such things, especially in this DC area, or in NYC. But it's interesting to see how pervasive and even subtle it can be. My kid did X and such and such time, when did yours?

We have lots of conversations about what kind of kid we might have - a total pink princess - what kind of parents we'll be - the name of this blog is a good clue. Yesterday we talked about hanging out with other parents, mothers to be, etc. We'll have to see how that does.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Take One

After a few years of waiting for circumstances to align, Nerdstar had her first try for a baby almost two weeks ago. I had just started my job, and then had to take some days off for the election and our trip to Jersey, so I wasn't able to be with her at the doctor's office for the insemination. I feel bad about that.

We were cautiously optimistic, hoping against reality and odds, that this first try would take. She took things easy, gave up caffeine, and we talked to her belly.

No luck this time, her period started today.

I'm a little sad. It's been such a crazy two weeks. Nerdstar was already acting like a crazy pregnant lady - it was really cute. It's weird to try to gauge how you should be feeling about something that might not even exist. Rollercoaster is the best description of our emotions.

We'll be trying again soon. I'll make every effort to be there at the doctor's this time.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Old Post

I found this old post from my regular blog today and thought it would be fun to post it here:

The sun was finally shining through the window yesterday morning when we were waking up, so naturally I sang the line "Sunshine on my should makes me happy". Then we both agreed I probably know way too many John Denver songs.

This led to our re-occuring discussion of naming any future baby girl we might have Sunshine Joy. (yes, my idea!)

Then we agreed that Cocoa Vanilla would be a very funny name for a kid with mixed - black and white - parents, but that Banana Vanilla wouldn't be as funny for mixed - Asian and white - parents. Of course, this led to the idea that Skittles would be a hysterical name for a kid of gay parents - you know - "taste the rainbow" and all.

Keep in mind we have a dog named Ramen.

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Hoping this doesn't jinx things any more than they already seem to be.