Here We Go Again

I have, once again, joined the Sisterhood of the Maternity Pants.

While I think it’s pretty evident to everyone who has glimpsed, even out of their peripheral vision, the protrusion of gut-stuffed-with-child swelling my middle, I feel that I should just come clear. It’s either this, or I gripe about how drivers using turn signals in traffic seems to be going the way of bows and curtsies.

So. Here it is. I’m pregnant.

Frequently-asked Questions of Pregnant Women, Which I Shall Answer Here

  • When is the baby due? May 2nd.
  • Will you find out if it’s a girl or a boy? Yes. The appointment for that ultrasound is in December.
  • Does Z know? How does she feel about it? She knows, and she’s super-excited. She’d been asking for a little brother or sister, since most of her friends have them. She might be viewing siblings as noisy accessories. I forgot to tell her there’s no return policy.
  • Do you want a boy or a girl? Since I have a girl, I think I’d like a boy, although it really doesn’t matter.
  • Do you have a name picked out already? Nope.
  • How are you feeling? Pretty crappy for the most part, and tired. But I think the nausea is lessening.
  • Any cravings/aversions? Usually I’m a sugar-fiend, but I don’t want that so much – I’d rather have salty things. Like french fries. Every day. Most of my fun/allowance money is supporting the fast food industry right now. Way to help that growing brain! Also, I don’t want to look at a zucchini right now. Or ever again.
  • You’re huge. Are you having twins? No.

If there’s anything I missed, feel free to ask.

So, we’re very happy, although I’d be lying if I said there were no mixed feelings on my part. Finally I’ve gotten my free mornings for writing, and that’s all going to end in a few months. But I managed to write two novel-length manuscripts in the three years before Z started preschool, so I’m sure I’ll adapt to whatever insane writing schedule I need after the baby comes. And besides! Soft little person to get to know! Sweet milky baby breath! Adorable tiny shoes!


  1. PB Rippey · October 19, 2011

    That’s wonderful! Huge congratulations!!! Little boy calling from potty or would add more

    • Beth Hull · October 19, 2011

      Thanks PB! Get thee to the potty!

  2. thegracefuldoe · October 19, 2011

    Yay!! Welcome to the club! So that puts you due 3 months after me. We’ll be able to commiserate on the lack of writing time together πŸ˜€

    My cravings have alternated on pregnancies. First one I craved sweet, second I craved savoury, this one I’m craving sweet again. But also craving cheeseburgers big time at the moment. McDonalds has been making a lot of money out of me this pregnancy.

    Don’t worry about being bigger this time, it tends to happen that way. I’ve gotten bigger earlier each time. I swore I was having twins until I had the ultrasound (and even then I wasn’t convinced until the second ultrasound).

    • Beth Hull · October 19, 2011

      Ha, Jo! We’re both supporting McDonald’s right now. I’ve had a couple of cheeseburgers so far, too. I wonder what’s in them that makes them “okay” when I can’t stomach the thought of anything else? Actually, I don’t wonder. I don’t think I really want to know.

  3. ^H (Sean) · October 19, 2011

    Congratulations! And, yes, I’m trying to get some photos up. It’s not working well, but check back tomorrow…..

  4. Maggie · October 19, 2011


  5. Randi · October 19, 2011

    More grandkids to spoil! Yea for me!

  6. Beth Hull · October 20, 2011

    Thanks, Sean, Maggie, and Mom!

  7. Vicki · October 20, 2011

    Ooooh – such fun news!!!! Love the last few bits of your post – sweet milky baby breath, fun!! We definitely need a fry night out to chat πŸ™‚

  8. stephanie roberts · October 20, 2011

    Such wonderful news, Beth! Zoe will make a great big sister. The transition will be easier than you think! πŸ™‚ Embrace those maternity pants, love!

    • Beth Hull · October 21, 2011

      Thanks, Steph! Yeah, the maternity pants ARE pretty comfy. And I’m always happy for an excuse to stay in yoga pants all day.

  9. Seven · October 25, 2011

    Oh padner, you will write more than ever…for some reason children make us stronger, more confident, and they bring us a ton of gifts! Enjoy this time with Z….

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