Tuesday, September 04, 2007


Bit of news for my four regular readers. Kara's pregnant.

We're not sure about the date at this point - the earliest possible appointment with the midwife is three weeks away - but we're guessing that the baby should be born around late April/early May time. We found out Sunday morning, but it was only after triple confirmations from three home pregnancy tests that I've picked up the nerve to mention it on the blog.

Both our families are really happy for us.

Kara's nervous, excited and - being the sensible one in the relationship - thinking through the practicalities of the coming months. (In Kara's words, she's thinking about the matter of saving up for a crib whilst I'm panicking about the possibility that the unborn baby might not support Celtic; "Don't worry, we'll enrol them in a school in a predominantly Latino area to ensure that they get into football" is Kara's sage advice.)

Me? Happy, dazed and a wee bit scared seems to be the order of the day but the more it's sinking in, the more the feeling of happiness is overtaking the other two.

I'm sure we're both in for a rollercoaster of emotions in the coming days, weeks and months. I'm already experiencing the tumult of fifty questions shooting through my mind simultaneously:

  • Please God - did I mention that I've temporarily ditched my disbelief in God? - please don't let the unborn baby inherit my nose or Kara's taste in music.
  • When they start school - yep, already thinking that far ahead - will they be teased and ostracised by the other school kids for having the name Eleanor Marx Bell Hooks Rosa Luxemburg Kathleen Hanna Patsy Cline Roseanne Barr Youngs O'Neil?
  • What if it's a girl?
  • Too many questions at this point, but I'm too happy to hazard a guess at the answers.


    Will said...

    Well done to the both of you!

    Who's the father?

    Darren said...

    You don't know him. ;-)

    Will said...

    Fairy muff then.

    Reidski said...

    Congratulations to you both. Youse are in for some great years ahead of you!

    John said...

    Congratulations to you both. That's great news.

    If you thought the struggles of the international proletariat gave you restless nights, you're in for a surprise!

    stuart said...

    Brilliant news, congratulations! And good luck!
    Does this mean that the membership of the WSPUS is set to double? ;-)

    Gian_Maria said...

    Congratulations! :D

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    ajohnstone said...

    let me add my congratulations and hope he or she doesn't turn out to support Rangers , being the rebel he or she will be

    hakmao said...

    Don't worry, evil auntie Hakkers will be around to instruct in the ways of the one true faith™.

    prolerat said...

    Heartiest congratulations.

    Anonymous said...

    congratulations and best wishes!

    Jools said...

    Congratulations to both of you. If she or he does end up supporting Rangers let's hope its the blue and white hooped variety.

    VictorS said...

    i've always liked the name 'kepler', although i was gonna keep that one for if i ever had a pet.

    congratulations, comrade.

    timesnewroman said...

    Congratulations. Get some sleep now though!

    Bill said...

    Ruddy hell - I thought there were laws against this sort of thing - I'm writing to my MP!

    Darren said...

    Isn't the usual scenario that the membership will be halved. ;-)

    Alan, Hak, Jools,
    If those are the options, I think we'll be investing in a catcher's mitt. ;-)

    Kepler as in the old South African cricketer, Kepler Wessels? That takes me back.

    If and when we ever come to Britain, you'll probably be our MP.

    Thanks to everyone for the kind words. Really appreciated.