Thursday, November 15, 2007

Graduation Day

Two important milestones today:

First, my beloved golden, Gus, turns 13 today. A teenager. Whoa. I've had Gus since he was a 7-week-old little ball of fur and sharp teeth. He's celebrating the usual way: with a hamburger from a local fast food chain that only uses free range, grassfed beef. How Portland. He always eats the bun first. I am not kidding. He picks his hamburger apart and eats the top then the bottom bun then the meat. Gus loves carbs.

Second, I graduated to the regular OB. Whew! We had ultrasound #2 today at 9w4d and the kid was having a party in there. Moving all around. Cowboy maintained "he" was boxing (I suspect he wants a boy, ya think?) and, indeed, that is what it looked like. I said it was dancing, proving that boy or girl, I expect it to be able to get down with the get down. In other notes, its heartrate and measurements were all exactly where they should be.

By the way, I'm feeling a little horrible because I still refer to Junior as "it". Probably some sort of linguistics defense mechanism.

In a terribly cute, awwww moment, Junior's hand was on his/her/its face and the RE speculated that he/she/it was sucking his/her/its thumb. Which would make it exactly my kid since I sucked my thumb until I was, like, 8 or something.

Criminy, the he/she/it thing is gonna get old. I can't even use the term baby yet. I know, I am horrible. For now, I'll just keep it at "it" and we'll all just deal with my detached callousness.

By the way, if your fur babies want to give a shout out to Gus on his birthday, please do so in the comments. I will read them to him.


L said...

A teenager in your house! Eeeeck!

Here is a shout out from my dog, Bing: "Gus, dude, EAT THE HAMBURGER FIRST!! It's the best part!! p.s. Can I have some?"

Congrats on the great u/s and the graduation back to your OB. Milestones are a good thing!


christina(apronstrings) said...

congrats! and don't be so hard on yourself. you've been to h3ll and back to get here. of course you're not running out and buying nursery funiture just yet. it's all going to work out and be wonderful. but it is scary.
so, feel how you feel.

btw i changed my blog name. oneliner=apron strings. i know, i'm high maintainence.

Sticky Bun said...

Wahoo! Congrats on the great ultrasound--I'm SO happy for you, Ms. P. This is a wonderful milestone, and I'm hoping for many, many more!

And, don't get down on yourself--I don't think it's at all callous. It's self-protective and we all understand! But, I hope that things continue to go well and that you're able to open yourself up and enjoy. (Says the woman still working on that...)

And, happy birthday to gus!

Erin said...

Dear Gus, Happy Birthday! You are so lucky to get hamburgers on your birthday! Sometimes I get a sip of beer/backwash, but a whole hamburger?!?! Man! Have a great day and congratulations on your new baby brother/sister/human being! XOXO, Bella

mkv said...

I, too, am the parent of a teenager...a grumpy one I've had from 6 weeks old. I'll have to give in for the hamburger thing next June! ;)

Waiting Amy said...

Gus, you sound like a lovely older man. I'm fascinated. While I know we have different backgrounds, and may not share the same interests in music and pop culture (you know, since there is such a difference in our ages)-- I know we would hit it off. If you're interested, leave me a message at:

I'll make your birthday fabulous! Call me! Lucy

Lori said...

Well, I've always thought it odd that the English language doesn't have a gender-neutral term for a person. For an object ("it") but not for a person. So it's not that you're callous; it's that there's no word for an unknown gender person.

Just for fun, I looked up "embryo" and "fetus" in Spanish to find out how Latin treats these verbs, with regard to gender.

Would you be surprised to know they're both "el" (male)?

Waiting Amy said...

(Darn that dog, she's always getting into things that don't belong to her.)

I wanted to say since the "it" thing bothers you some, don't you think its time for a nickname? Lil' Cowpoke?

I'm thrilled your u/s went so smashingly!

Meg said...

Congrats on the good news and it sounds like "it" was really showing off for you!

I am loving the book you recommended by the way. Thank you.

Hey Gus- Happy Birthday. We are fat labs and only get veggies as treats right now.....we are salivating just thinking of your burger. Love- Tobey (8) and Cole (4)

Anonymous said...

Lexi is giving a shout out to Gus "Woof, Woof, Woof". (that means happy birthday, dude!

JJ said...

Happy Birthday Gus! Many happy wishes!

And congrats to you Ms Planner=) Glad Junior is in there having a par-tay!

Wordgirl said...

I am sooo happy for your US. I like the comment that suggested lil' cowpoke instead of 'it' :)

OMG you live in Portland?

My best friend is the executive director of the Literary Arts org there...I so wish we lived in portland!

Lucy is SOOO jealous -- her best day is when I drop a meatball from Ikea...

Kim said...

Dexter gives Gus a big birthday butt sniff! And is quite jealous with the hamburger. I think the exact words were "Lucky Bastard."