Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy New Year!

Wow, time sure is flying. It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, so this one might be a bit random. Here are the updates:

I’m back at work full time now. It’s actually going a little bit better than I expected. I gave a lab meeting on Friday to reorganize my thoughts and make sure I knew where I left off and where I am headed. It actually went pretty well. I have a few more experiments to run, but it seems like the story is coming together well. If these experiments cooperate, I may be done in enough time to write the paper and submit it by May or so. If it gets accepted fairly quickly, I could return to med school by July. If it takes a little while, hopefully I’ll be back by November. I am crossing my fingers and toes that I’ll be done this year.

I brought Sophie into work with me on Thursday (my mom and dad were driving my sister to Columbus so she could go back to California). That actually went pretty well. Of course it’s a distraction to have her—I just want to hold her!—but she slept a good part of the time, and I was able to get quite a bit of work done. I wouldn’t keep her around if I was doing anything hazardous, but in a pinch, it’ll work.

My sister is back in California now. It was so nice to see her for a few weeks. She got to meet Sophie for the first time, and she watched her for a few days while she was home. There’s something about having a baby that makes me really family-oriented, and it was so nice to have the whole family together. Amy’s already committed to jobs in California for the next year—she’s going back to the camp in San Francisco for the summer, and she’ll be back at her camp in the mountains of southern California for fall 2008 and spring 2009. She really likes it, and she’s found a great group of people to work with. For purely selfish reasons, I always hope that maybe she’ll come teach on the east coast. I’d love to be only a day’s drive away instead of three or four. But I give her so much credit for really doing what she loves. We’ll see her when she comes home in May—Sophie will be so much bigger then! I can’t wait.

Sophie went in for her two month shots on Saturday morning. Oh. My. God. First, she’s had a little cold for a few days. Nothing major—even the doctor said she looked fine. She gave us the rundown on what to look for (trouble breathing, fever, extended rapid breathing, etc). So far, nothing other than a runny nose. But it makes her uncomfortable, since she’s a nose breather, and that’s made her irritated. Add to that five vaccines—one oral and four shots—and we had an unhappy baby. We gave her some Tylenol, which helped some, but her legs were super sensitive. Unfortunately, she was upset because of the cold and shots, which made her flail her legs, which made her hurt more. Poor thing. She eventually exhausted herself and slept most of the day, but she was up every two hours or so overnight.

We did find out on Saturday that we’ve bred a giant baby. She was 13 pounds, 15.5 ounces (basically 14 pounds) and 23.5 inches long. That puts her at the size of a 4 to 5 month old. At least she’s consistent—she was at the 90th percentile for weight and length when she was born, and she’s still there. She’s proportional though. Her weight to length ratio is around 50th percentile. So she’s big for her age, but symmetrical. The doctor didn’t seem worried. She said that we’ll see where she’s at when she’s two and then guess how big she’s going to be. But I guess breastfed babies grow pretty quickly and then level off later.

Anyway, she’s doing ok. She’s so close to laughing. Tim is sure she’ll do it while he’s gone. There are pretty good odds of that—she didn’t do it the two days he was in New York City last week, but he’s in Virginia four days this week, so she’s got a lot of time without him. The traveling sucks, in my opinion. His company was pretty good about it the last month I was pregnant. But I guess the time has come. I hope that he doesn’t continue to travel as frequently as he is now. It’s hard being home with Sophie overnight without him—she’s pretty good, but especially when she’s sick like she is now, it’s nice to have someone else to run and get Kleenex while I’m holding her. Jen stayed overnight last week, and she’ll stay overnight tonight, and that’s a big relief. She’s having her wisdom teeth out on Wednesday though, so I’ll be on my own a few nights while Tim is gone. We do have great neighbors, so if there was an emergency, I know I could ask them for help too. I’m just hoping I won’t need to.

I’ve got a whole other post I’ve been playing with about 2007 in review/2008 resolutions. But that’s for another time. For now, I’ve got lab stuff to do. I’ve got to get this PhD done!

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