Sunday, September 24, 2006


So, I've told everyone I need to tell in person and over the phone.

This is why I've had no energy the past three months, no poems.

Friday night, in the din of the Cheesecake Factory, in the glare of the over-the-top decorating (what would you call it Bizantine, Big Top meets Egytptian, gauche?) we tell my parents and two kids we are having another baby. They open their mouths, dark Os around the table. My daughter says, "You're kidding, stop joking," over and over until she is finally convinced of our seriousness. Then, she cries.

Later, we show her ghost-like pictures of the grain of rice, and she says, "Ok, NOW I believe you." She is excited now, wants to shop for onsies and pacifiers, and asks question after question. She is needy: needs assurances that she will still fit on my lap when my tummy gets real big, that she will still be loved.

My son, on the other hand, has been happy about the news all along. He is the one, after all, who wants a baby brother for Christmas named "Thunder Storm." He will have to wait until April, and we'll see about the name.


Blogger Pat Paulk said...

Congratulations!!! No anti-muse, just real life poetry!!

11:31 PM, September 24, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Thanks Pat,
All my energy is being funneled into growing a person - if that's not poetry - I don't know what is!

6:05 PM, September 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats! Just noticed the baby tracker ;)

7:23 AM, September 26, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Thanks Jake!

5:20 PM, September 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the baby's due April 7 - right?

12:16 PM, September 28, 2006  
Blogger tammy said...

Wow! congratulations to you!
and yes, your body and baby are poetry. :) take care.

10:34 PM, October 02, 2006  
Blogger Reb said...

Congratulations! Thunder Storm is a very good name, I think.

2:38 AM, October 03, 2006  
Blogger J.B. Rowell said...

Yes, the baby is due April 7 . . .

Hi Tammy - great to see you!

Yes Reb, Thunder Storm is very good, Liam may get his wish . . . thanks.

7:24 AM, October 03, 2006  

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