Friday, November 20, 2009

I'm not dead yet

I know, I know. A four month hiatus. Life's been a little tiny bit hectic.

I was invited to give a talk at the conference I attended in September, so I spent the entire month of August scrambling for some last minute data and putting together my talk. The talk went well, though I was terrified (as I always am when it comes to public speaking). People seemed interested in my project which is always a nice little confidence booster.

We also had our gender ultrasound towards the end of August. It's a boy! We already had a boy name picked out, so as soon as we found out the gender we got to tell Bean about her baby brother and tell her his name. Since then she's been much more interested in the pregnancy and in her little sibling. We talk about him a lot, and she often asks us about him. The other day she asked me if he is naked in my tummy. I told her yes, but when he's born we'll put some clothes on him and wrap him in a warm blanket. "I'll help," she replied.

Husband is deep in the throes of job market hell. He has applied to over 100 places so far, and there are still more deadlines through December and even into January. No interviews lined up yet, though it's hard to tell whether or not that's a bad sign. It's starting to feel a little anxious though.

Bean moved up to the early preschool class in September and has been loving her new classroom environment. She is just amazing with her letters now, and will often spell out signs as we drive or words in books. It's pretty darn amazing. She's definitely entered a "testing the limits" stage of her development, and that gets a little tiring. Most days I have just nothing left by the time I get her to bed, and I fall asleep on the couch soon after.

I'm up to my eyeballs at work just trying to get things finished up before the baby is born. He'll be term just before Christmas and would likely be born sometime between Christmas and mid-January. (Though you never know. A friend of mine had her second child 12 days past her due date.) We're close to writing up my project, and so I'm trying to get some figures put together now and starting to outline the papers. But the days are flying by, so we'll see how much I can get done before the little one decides to make his debut.

So yeah, it's been a little busy around here. But good. Busy, but good.


Candid Engineer said...

Good to hear from you, SMama. And congrats on your little boy! Exciting. Best wishes getting everything together before the arrival.

Karina said...

Glad to hear you're back! I didn't realize it had been so long since you posted. I hope everything goes smoothly with the new baby on the way!

EcoGeoFemme said...

I've been wondering how things are going, so I'm glad you posted.

Yay for a boy, and one who is coming soon! And congrats on a successful talk.

Good luck to Husband. That sounds like a LOT of applications! wow.

The bean-mom said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere, Sciencemama! So glad to know that everything is going well on so many fronts. Good luck on getting it all done before the holidays, and having a great hoidays with the new little one and family!

And 100 applications??!! Holy hell.

ScienceGirl said...

Glad to hear you are doing well! My little one will be here a month or two after yours, so I hear you on trying to get things crossed off the list - best wishes on all that! My academia-bound labmates were submitting 100+ apps even when the market was better a few years ago, so I am glad your husband realizes the need for this strategy - good luck to him!

Jenn, PhD said...

I've been wondering how you're doing and how the pregnancy was treating you. Sounds like everything is coming together personally and professionally. Wishing your husband all the best for the job search. My husband is still searching as well.... Congratulations for the little boy arriving soon

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Miss you, Sciencemama!

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