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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

THE BEGINNING & THE END

During the past two weeks, we've seen the beginning and the end in our house...

In mid-September, K started her first year of preschool. It was her beginning. She's enrolled in a wonderful little Montessori school about a mile from our house. She is loving it. It cracks me up to see her leave the house each morning with her little backpack.


A few days after K started school, I finished. After four L-O-N-G years of a PhD program, I finally finished YESTERDAY. At 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant, I defended my dissertation. I did not look as cute as K. In fact, I ripped two pairs of tights before leaving the house - because I was sweating so hard (nerves and high humidity; not to mention being 22 pounds heavier). I left the house sweating like a pig in a pair of pants and a nice shirt. I planned to change into my dress and buy new tights while in Baltimore, but I never did. I defended in my pants, which actually made me really happy because I was able to hide my swollen legs, ankles and feet. No pictures were taken.

In fact, I am so big pictures of me today are few and far between. This is one of the few taken in the last week. This is my view these days...


My tummy is as large as she is cute.

5 comments:

Ruthie said...

Little K looks so cute with her backpack. And I'm sure you are cuter than you think. I love that we can see your popped out belly button in the last photo. That was always my indicator that the pregnancy was progressing, when my belly button popped out. :-) Congrats on successfully finishing your PhD!

Sarah said...

K is SO adorable!!! She looks so grown up. Don't you love Montessori? I wish we could have afforded keeping Ben in school and William home with the nanny.

Your belly is precious. Are you doing a repeat C-section?

Sarah said...

Oh, and a HUGE shout out for you defending your dissertation!!!!!!

WASPY GIRL said...

WWWWAAAAHHHHHOOOOOO!!! CONGRATS DR. RLSD!

slowly growing old together said...

Thanks! Sarah - we do love Montessori. It seems to be a great fit for K. She walked into school the first day without a tear and has never looked back. We are SO happy. As for delivery, I really want to VBAC. Unfortunately, I have all of four B-H contractions since early August and, like K, this baby is super high (as in the little bum is near my ribs). I'm going to try to wait it out until at least 41 weeks (which will ensure that K and #2 do not share a birthday) before scheduling a repeat c-section. Any advice to help stimulate labor would be greatly appreciated.