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SPOTLIGHT ON.... rebecca10!!!!!

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

Happy long weekend, everyone!

 

Rebecca 10, this is your spotlight thread! 


People can ask you questions, and you can answer (or not, your choice). Or you can just share if you want to. It's up to you!

 

To get the ball rolling, here are a few starter questions!

 

  1. Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now. 
  2. What are you craving right now?
  3. If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?
  4. What's your favorite type of soup?
  5. Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst?
post #2 of 7

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!  I can't believe it is my turn already, I was so far down the list . . .

 

 

  1. Backstory! Tell us about you, where you came from, how you got to where you are now.

 

I grew up mostly in the Bay Area in California, although my family is originally from the Northeast.  Then I went back east for college and stayed for 12 of 13 years (with one year after college in California and Mexico doing human rights work), for a lot of school and some jobs.  Initially, I was going to get a PhD in Biochemistry, but I decided that a life a research wasn't going to be fulfilling, and I left with a master's and headed to law school instead.  I meant my amazing husband in law school, and after a few years of following me around for clerkships, we moved back to San Francisco.  I love San Francisco for a lot of reasons, but number one, especially now with kids, is that my family is there.  Both my parents and sister and her husband live in the city, and my grandparents are just 45 minutes away. It's wonderful to have that support around.  My first daughter is now 2, and the light of our lives.  My husband is a public defender. I work at a large firm as a patent litigator.  I like the job in a lot of ways, although even at "reduced hours" it is still a constant struggle to keep my hours reasonable, but I keep trying and the firm is luckily supportive at least in principle.  I find a lot of the debates recently pitting "attachment parenting" v. working moms particularly ridiculous, since I never could have gotten through these two years working as much as I have without things like co-sleeping, extended nursing (I think we'll be tandeming since she's wanting to nurse more and more recently), lots of carrying and baby wearing etc.

 

  1. What are you craving right now?

 

Hmm, probably dairy-free chocolate cake.  And I pretty much have a constant craving for dim sum when I'm pregnant, especially any kind of dumpling.

 

  1. If someone handed you $1000, no strings attached, what would you do with it?

 

Weekly pre-natal massages sound absolutely wonderful at this point, so I'd have to go with that.

 

  1. What's your favorite type of soup?

 

My mom's chicken soup--hands down. 

 

  1. Talk about your house a little-- are you happy where you live? Best part about your house? Worst

 

I love our house--well, it's a condo really. The best part--It's amazingly convenient. We can walk to downtown and along the water to the Ferry Building farmer's market, and are just a block from the train station that I take to work and a block from the highway. Yet despite being so close to all the city stuff, we abut a little canal that leads to the Bay, and there are these peaceful walkways right out our front door that will be perfect for learning how to bike ride and things.  The condo itself is pretty large by city standards (although probaby small by most others), and just really comfortable.  Hard to say a worst part--besides that real estate in the Bay Area is just absurdly priced--although I do wish it had a bath tub--there are only showers-- and it would be nice if it had a third bedroom or extra room for an office.

post #3 of 7

Where you live sounds lovely! 

 

Do you have any pets?

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Do you have any pets?

 

No pets. I think one day we will get a dog--we often talk about what kind we would get, and we both grew up with dogs and love them. But my husband's rule--only one not-potty trained mammal in the house at a time--seems prudent for us, especially living in a relatively small place in the city without a yard or anything and both working.  My husband would love a cat, but I'm just not really a cat person--I've actually always been a bit scared of them--although I think I'd probably get used to one if we did have one. 

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Do you have names picked out?

 

What do you still need to get?

 

Do you feel prepared yet?

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Do you have names picked out?  No name yet. We know it is a girl and my husband and I are down to a list of about 12 names. But it is hard, since we don't see particularly eye to eye when it comes to names.  Some of the top contenders right now are Caroline, Dahlia, Cecelia, Rosa, and Lucia.  But we'll see what happens. Her middle name will be my maiden name (which is also my middle name now, and my first daughter's and husbands)

 

What do you still need to get?

 

Luckily since I have a two year old daughter, we don't need too much new stuff. Which is good since I haven't bought a single thing for this baby yet--in part from lack of time and in part because it makes me nervous to start buying things too early. But I have 40 dollars off of an Amazon.com purchase that I have to use by June 12, so it's time to take the plunge. The main things I want are a new infant carrier--I think I'm going to get the K'tan--and a bouncer, which I managed to go without with my first, but think will be helpful with a toddler to chase around.  My husband thinks I'm crazy since we have a lot of infant clothes, but I'd also like at least one or two new outfits for this baby, just so she has some stuff that is all her own. But I have a feeling the grandparents will take care of that. 

 

Do you feel prepared yet?

Prepared in the sense that I'm excited and ready for the baby to arrive, definitely. But absolutely not prepared at all in terms of having things together. I really haven't done a single thing yet, and it is starting to make me nervous. But today is the start of my third trimester, so hopefully that will get me into nesting mode. Luckily, there is nothing too major to do, but I need to go through all our old infant clothes and equipment and do a lot of organizing and a lot of other little things. I also don't feel particularly prepared for the birth itself, but I'm really excited that on June 21, my husband and I are going to do a private "refresher" class with a women who teaches primarily Hyponobirth methods.  Should be really good to get my husband and I back in the right mindset and jump start our own independent preparations.   

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Ah yes, you need some sweet girls dresses!  I saw the sweetest baby at the doctor yesterday with her huge pink, silky headband and I knew I would love having another girl.  They are so fun to dress!!!

The Ktan looks great.  I decided on teh ergo, but I always want more. LOL

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