Friday, August 3, 2012

August Poem of the Month: Some Exciting (and slightly scary) News

This poem was written by my lovely and talented friend Shelah. She has graciously allowed me to use it to announce our exciting, and slightly scary, news: 


Chemistry

Whitney was married to Allen,
But sometimes it seemed
That Allen
Was married to the lab.

Late at night,
Long after the fellows, residents,
And lowly med students
Had tucked in their patients

The midnight oil burned
A flourescent glow
From a thousand windows
In the towering lab building next door.

At the time I didn't understand
Why Allen babied his experiments
Leaving Whitney at home
To baby their son.

Were mice better conversationalists
Than Whitney?
Were beakers and test tubes sexier
Than the breast pump on the kitchen counter?

But I've been experimenting long enough
That the beep-beep-beep of the thermometer
Sounds like a waltz.
And my palms get sweaty
When I'm waiting for test results.

Finally I understand the obsession.
The hours may be long,
And the payoffs far between
But when the experiment finally works
It's the best feeling in the world. 
~Shelah Miner
I can't hide the truth any longer:  the fourth (and hopefully final!) baby #4 will arrive sometime around January 9, which makes me 17.5 weeks (and, yes, I count the .5 week!)

10 comments:

Courtney said...

so excited for you. fun to see a poem from Shelah!

Jeri said...

Oh, wow! Congratulations! Love you. It will be interesting to hear about H and the new toy. This means your little buggie adventure was probably enhanced by exhaustion and nausea. Oh, man!
Loved the poem.

Matt and Lisa said...

Matt and I are so excited for your family. Congratulations!

Aubrey Norby said...

Congratulations! Four has been a great number for us! Cute poem too!

Christy said...

That is wonderful wonderful news!!!it is. It is no joke bringing babies to this world, bless you! A great home to go to at the Pavia's house

Rosalyn said...

Catherine, I'm so happy for you and your family! I'm glad you made it this far without incident and I hope you have a boring (event-free) pregnancy and delivery.

Madsen Family said...

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Congrats to you and your cute family. What a lucky little babe to come to such a great household. Hope you're feeling well and continue to do so. Can't wait to hear what you're having (you will find out, right?).

Nicole said...

Yay! Congrats Catherine (and family) I thought I might have seen a tiny baby bump when I ran into you in July! What exciting news :)

bluestocking mama said...

Thanks for all of the well-wishes!

Yes, Jessy, I will find out--in 2 weeks. I'm a planner :) And it takes us that long to agree on a name.

Tressa said...

Congrats!!! So happy my buying-baby-stuff-days aren't over! I'll also have a baby to hold when mine doesn't want to be anymore. ;)