Life has a way of being crazy. Even so, sometimes we look around and say, “you know what, I think there isn’t enough crazy here, let’s do something about that,” and then decide to have a baby.
Our first baby is due in about three months, and never would I have guessed how extremely geeky or romantic such an undertaking could prove to be.
First of all, we’ve got all these chemicals going through our brains, making us care more about each other, be more tender toward each other, etc. I suddenly understand why so many people who get married after knowing each other for a year or two, and then have a baby right away, end up getting divorced after the kids grow up. First, they have the new relationship energy carrying them, and then they have this biological dependency going, and they don’t have a chance to figure out that they don’t even like each other until all that wears off. I am so glad Patch and I waited, and let ourselves go through several stages of relationship before adding a kid to the mix, but I am also enjoying this new form of romance.
Second, ZOMG, do you know how much cool geek stuff there is for parents and kids? My favorite quote from Patch, so far is, “I guess my kid’s too young to make blinky bugs with, since it’s not even born yet.”
Ever since our talks of kids went more from theoretical to reality based, Patch has been working on figuring out which laptop will get a Babybuntu partition. Sadly, it appears no one has written an official Ubuntu for babies, and with Patch’s schedule, I don’t see him writing one before the kid’s a teenager; but we have been paying attention to other advice on how to involve kids in computer use from day one, though we understand that at at first, “a baby is really just a warm burrito.”
Not to mention how incredibly geeky-cool it is to get ultra-sound images of the developing fetus. I mean, really! They do it with sound waves! Which is about as close as I may ever get to being scanned by a sonic screwdriver. (Speaking of which: this year’s Dr. Who, Christmas Special, was a spun sugar delight of Moffat-y nonsense that went down like frosted gingerbread, without the heartburn. <3 )
What kinds of crazy, romantic geekiness do you have planned for this year?