Monday, July 6, 2009

Fill 'er up

The girls were playing loudly on the floor of the family room, happily surrounded by cracker crumbs, Play-doh crumbs, half-sorted mail, half-sorted laundry, and a few thousand disassembled toy components. Beyond them we could see the kitchen: table covered with their school bags' contents. Empty milk and water cups. Half-eaten yogurt cups. Daily reports. Art projects. Laundry closet doors pushed open by the next load, ready to run, waiting its turn in the perpetually-rotating machine. Counter covered in produce, more half-sorted mail, cutting board and knife. Sink filled with dirty dishes, waiting their chance in the dishwasher, that other perpetually-running machine. Obstacle course of toy bits blockading the floor. And beyond that, the dining room table: unsorted mail, folded laundry, unfolded laundry, serving dishes once laid out to dry, now dry but not away.

M and I looked around. We sighed and shrugged. We looked at each other. We shared a singular thought.

You know what we need around here? More crazy!!

I'm pregnant.

July 2, 2009
First portrait of the littlest monster, anticipated to join the list of things on the floor that we need to step over in early Febrauary 2010. We're so excited about you, Groundhog. (Groundhog? Yes, Groundhog. Because we can't call it Punxsatawney Phil for 20 weeks just to find out it's a girl. Starting out life as a girl named Phil? Not good.)

Let the wild rumpus start.

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ConverseMomma said...

Congratulations!!! How exciting for you and for your girls.

Nonnash said...

My heart is bursting with happy. Congratulations and can't wait for the weeks to tick by!

Anonymous said...

I am delighted!
I will order a 2010 calendar for the office so I can cross of days in February, March, whatever!
Love, Grams

Anonymous said...

Mazel Tov!

First January, then December and now February.

Love, Grandpa

Anonymous said...

Mazal Tov. How wonderful. We are very happy for all of you.

Love Grandma

a li'l bit squishy said...

Congrats!!!! You will love being a family of five!! Let the crazy begin! Love and hugs to you, M, E, & L!

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Happy, happy, HAPPY!! So many congrats! I am thrilled for you (and deep down, I think, a little jealous).

Sending lots of hugs and squeezes and jump-up-and-down squeals your way!

Stephanie said...

What a fun way to announce it! (To the non-twitterverse! ;) Congrats again!

Also. How cool that you've had chakchouka! Maybe you can help me out on how to pronounce it. (Like chalk-choo-cuh?) We got the recipe from a Mediterranean cookbook and don't have a clue.

tokatie said...

Girls are called Phil... what about poor Philomena, meaning "Strong Friend" or Philantha "Lover of Flowers"? Better than (and I'm not making this up) the boys' name Philander meaning "Lover of Man" ... I'm sure that's really Punxsutawney Phil's full first name! But silliness aside - many congratulations and good wishes your way!

Inna said...

I can't remember if I've commented before, but I've been reading for a while. :)

Anonymous said...

Mazel tov a googol - no, make that a googolplex - times!

If you have a boy, will you need two names - one for the baby and a new one for the blog?

Love, Gramps

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Ninotchka said...

How fabulous! Many congratulations. You're right, 3 is nuts but I think you're up for the challenge and your girls will love it!

Karen said...

I'm just catching up on blogs, so I just saw this. B'shaah Tovah! I'm so happy for you! (S said, "I'll bet it's a girl")