A blog post in question and answer format.
Q: 'Officially great'? Isn't that a bit much?
A: Well, I'm referring to it as part of a longer expression. Other titles I considered were, 'Starting out NaBloPoMo with an attention getter', 'Maybe this should have been a Halloween post, as it contains news which is scary (in an exciting way)', or 'Attention: bun in oven'. I think you'll agree that I picked the best of a rather mediocre bunch.
Q: So, this is all a ploy to tell everyone that you're knocked up.
A: Yeah, basically.
Q: Aren't you supposed to post gratuitous ultrasound pictures or something? Or tell us some words of wisdom that 'no other pregnant woman before you has ever known'?
A: No ultrasound pictures...you'll just have to take my word for it, they're cool, and actually look sort of like a baby, rather than the white lines on a black background abstract art I was expecting to see. As for words of wisdom, I don't feel any wiser than other pregnant women throughout history, but I am amassing a serious collection of reading material on pregnancy-related subjects.
Q: Such as?
A: Well, of course some of the usual suspects (like this, which I find fairly useful, but which is beginning to get boring through sheer overreading, or this, which is a fairly dry read, but it enables me to talk about things like 'nuchal fold tests' in Danish), but also some others. I especially enjoyed Birth: A History. This one can be summarized in one sentence: we should all be grateful that doctors have learned to wash their hands before examining patients. The actual history in the book was also interesting. For those who would rather get their information from the internet, The Onion is always a sure source of information, even about pregnancy. And I haven't added any video to my collection yet, but I believe the plan is to get a group together for an evening of fun, merriment, and all the alien movies on DVD. It just seems proper to see them at this point. You know, just in case I end up having a cesarian.
Q: Does this mean that you'll be turning into a mommy blogger?
A: No. My role models on this are all my favorite blogging buddies who have kids, but don't feel the need to dwell on them in their blogs.
Q: Good...oh, and I suppose you should share some of those details that everyone always wants to know, I'm sure you know what those are.
A: O.K., well to answer the questions that I'm already getting from everyone, well first off, my greatness will end and my new career as a milk provider/diaper changer is due to begin sometime in the middle of May, but I predict it'll be earlier than that. Speaking of early, it's too early to say if it's a boy or a girl. And Thor and I have some ideas for names, but it's a bit too early to share any of them. Oh, and everything has been very smooth so far, no morning sickness or anything. Just a second, I need to find some wood to knock on....
Q: All right, just one more question before you go...don't you think you're a little old for this kind of thing?
A: Yeah, probably. But I have the feeling that I wouldn't have gotten any younger by waiting.