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Apr 10, 2008

Startle

I have just had a very startling realization. When I tell you what it is, you will undoubtedly say, "Um, what did you think would happen here, Katie? Wow, they're going to let you be a doctor? Hmmm." And you will reconsider everything you've ever known about me.

But I'm going to tell you anyway.

During a study break this morning, I was looking at some pictures of two friends' babies. It occurred to me that each baby looks just like it's parent. Then I thought about The Best Nephew Ever, who is the spitting image of the Bro-in-law. That's when it hit me.

This Parasite that's currently occupying some of my abdominal cavity MAY LOOK JUST LIKE ME.

I have seen myself in the mirror and I have seen my baby pictures. Folks, I was really not a cute baby. I had and still have rather large and prominent ears (thanks, Mom!) and a very oddly shaped nose (yay, Dad!). And then there is the other possibility. What if the thing looks like PATRICK? The man has a chin that could cut glass and a ski-slope nose. He does have lovely eyelashes, though, so that could be a plus.

The point is: I have never thought about what an offspring of mine or Patrick's would look like and, upon considering the possibilities, I feel guilty already.

Kiddo, consider this an official apology for the ears and the nose that you will undoubtedly receive from me. If it's any consolation, I know how you're feeling. Or will feel, I guess. Anyway, sorry about that. Blame your grandparents.

(P.S. I am not having body-issues here, people, so don't think I'm looking for compliments. I am just reliving the childhood-into-adulthood teasing for my various traits, as we all experienced, and cringing in advance for the Parasite. I wouldn't go through middle school again if my life depended on it. )

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marymartha said...

I think the Muffin will be lovely. Even if it gets Myra's ears and Sally's nose...

Alykat said...

Katie. If I were your little Muffin, I would be PRAYING to look like you!!!!!!!! I wish I looked like you NOW! Remember when neither of us had slept in months, and you looked like you stepped right out of a skin care product comercial, while I looked like... I hadn't slept in months?!?!

Oh, but if he's a boy, he'd better PRAY he looks like Patrick, because if a HE looked as glamorous as you, he'd turn out gay! :) Love you, silly girl!

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

I'm sure your parasite will be absolutely adorable!

You're not alone, a lot of people wouldn't go back to middle school if their life depended on it. (I know I wouldn't! It was absolute hell!) Regardless of what your nose looks like you're going to get horrendously teased and made fun of, it's just the age and the horrendousness of girls at that stage of development or something.

The Shrink said...

It's odd, but when out and about in the city at weekends it's rare if someone in a queue doesn't stop and say how lovely our kids look.

Which is nice.

But, really, I can't see how my wife and I could produce gorgeous looks.
Don't sweat it.
Babies look gorgeous.
When they get to 6 to 8 months and start to change from generic baby look towards toddler that's when I start seeing features which, thankfully, have always been on my wife's side :-)

Kate and Andrew said...

Holy crap! Congrats! I'm so happy for you guys! I can't wait til June when Kate, Sophie and I are back in KY so we can come visit!

Love,
Andrew

PS. I have a hand-held doppler ultrasound thingy that I bought (on my intern supply grant) to listen to Sophie's heartbeat when she was still inside. You're welcome to borrow it. It was great for reassurance when the munchkin decided not to kick for a while.