(I'm going to respond to propter doc's question about what an ideal post-doc looks like, but right now my brain is in a different dimension).
Here's my belly this week, the first week of my third trimester. I feel pretty big except when I am around women closer to their due dates. Then I just feel small.
I am really enjoying being pregnant. Sure, there are uncomfortable (even painful) parts, but feeling Mini kicking inside me is the most miraculous thing I have experienced. It's amazing to think that 7 months ago there was nothing, and now there is another life inside me, just growing and getting ready to come out and join the world. I noticed the other day that the Advent season is less than a month away. I feel like I am already experiencing Advent - the season of anticipation of something wonderful. The season of getting ready for a birth that's going to change everything.
We are in our second week of childbirth classes (6 weeks total), and the class is huge (20 couples). I feel like the instructor is really rushing through things, but that I am not learning much that I hadn't already read about. However, I think there are a bunch of new things for fish, which I guess is most of the point of these classes anyway. Plus, it's actually good to practice the breathing patterns , not just read about them. I'm really leaning towards a natural (non-medicated) child-birth, and I'd actually like to have a doula (a trained labor support person). Well, I'd love for Writer Chica to be there as my second support person, but that's a bit impractical.
We also picked out a pediatrician this week, and he seems like a really nice guy. Easy going, almost Midwestern, but informed and competent. We are also now able to bring Mini home from the hospital - because my dad got us an infant carseat. It's kind of funny because carseat technology has changed a lot since they had babies and they weren't sure what the detachable base was all about, but I promised them a demo when they come out to visit next spring. Invitations went out for my baby shower (the first weekend in December) and as I got a guest list ready I thought about all my wonderful blog-friends who I'd really love to be there. But most of you live too far away, and I think it'd be a little weird to invite the 2 that I know live in the same state because I've never met either of you in person. But I am hoping you will all be with me in spirit.
I'm also ready to begin working on Mini's quilt. Because I've finally finished the quilt for gen(i)e's little one (below). It's the first quilt I've made without any help at all, and I've been intermittently working on it the whole time I've been pregnant. I finished it Tuesday night, but I am actually finding it hard to part with, so it won't go into the mail until tomorrow. I know I'll feel better as soon as Mini's quilt gets started. Plus, I've decided to make blackout curtains for the nursery, so I've got to get sewing.