American in Spain


March 10, 2011

This parenting thing is so easy, I think we should do it again! I'm pleased to announce that Marga is pregnant with our second child, who is expected to arrive around the end of October. I've never liked things that pop out, scream at me, and scare the crap out of me at Halloween, but I suspect I'll love this one. The pregnancy so far has been the polar opposite of the first one. With #1, Marga knew within hours of conception, through sensations that are difficult to describe, that she was pregnant. For #2, we knew we'd hit Ovulation Day spot on, but she felt nothing for a fortnight. Mild dizziness pushed us to buy a pregnancy test, which came out entirely ambiguous. The second line that's supposed to appear was just barely visible, but nowhere near the strength it had been with #1. We bought another test. At just under 10€ each the indecisiveness was annoying. The second test was only slightly more positive than the first one, leaving us completely in doubt. But a doctor's visit confirmed that she did, in fact, have a parasitic human growing in her uterus.

Some advice for potential fathers... When your wife is waiting for the results of her pregnancy test, saying, "You know, according to quantum physics, until we actually observe the results of the test, you're both pregnant and not pregnant!" is not a good idea.

We're batting a thousand. Two pregnancies for two attempts. [insert marksmanship joke here] I know what some couples go through with fertility problems, and it makes me feel very blessed to be so fecund.

No sonograms or anything yet, as we're still in early days. Most people don't mention their pregnancies until they have an ultrasound to post, but I'm so pleased that I can't wait.

Wish us luck!