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Sep. 2nd, 2007 12:19 am
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We are now within a month of the due date (Sep 28), and at Jen's last exam the midwife suggested that the baby might come early. That, plus the brief visit of Jen's mother (for the purposes of shopping), has pushed us into baby preparation mode. We have just about all the basics: side-sleeper, changing table, carseat/stroller, a pack or two of diapers, blankets, clothes, etc. We're apparently getting a crib from someone. We're starting to fill out the forms we've been putting off until September. We've made an appointment to interview a pediatrician. We've installed the car seat (though we need to take it to the nearby firestation to have it inspected...do fire departments in other cities do this too, or just in Texas?) We have narrowed the names lists down to two per sex (Benjamin and Perrin, Miriam and Madeleine). And Jen is now officially sick of being pregnant. :)

That sounds like a lot, but I am much more focused on my upcoming classes (starting on Thursday), my research paper (which has now been submitted to the arXiv, and will be submitted to Physical Review E after I get some reactions back from a few people), and my job search for next fall (tenure-track hopefully; I've got 24 positions on my list so far). It's hard to prepare mentally for the baby because I think it will be an unimaginable experience. So I try to get everything else out of the way.

One tricky bit is what to do about my class. Early on, I had figured that I would only have to miss a class if the baby was born on the same day, but I've come to my senses, and realize I should really take the first week of the kid's life off, which means missing two class days. If the baby comes around the due date, then I figured I would give the students an exam on the second day I miss: it'd be a little early, but it would be good early feedback for them. However, if the baby comes earlier than that, it will be too early for an exam, and I'm not sure what to have them do. I've never been one for writing out class plans way in advance.

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