These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

My sister's pregnant!

I called Linda last night to tell her that it's been reported former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Gary Hogeboom (who lives in W. Michigan) is going to be on the next "Survivor" series in the fall, when she says, "Ok, Uncle Roel."
It didn't click at first. Then I thought Maricella (my sister in law) can't have any more children. I was so stumped that I think I actually said "Who's pregnant?"
She said she was. She'd felt kind of weird, she was off by a week and so she and Arnold went out and got a pregnant kit. It said she was.
I was kinda shocked. She's my little sister, well not so little anymore. But I guess she'll always be my little sister. It hasn't sunk in yet, either. It'll take some time.
I called her today to chat some more and it feels odd discussing it. But I'm very happy for her and Arnold. I know he's been wanting a baby for some time now. And I guess it was time.
My parents reacted positively, which is cool. I think they'd get a kick out of another grandchild. My aunt Mine thought Linda was joking when she called her up last night (after her novelas were over). She didn't say much. Shocked, I'd say.
My brother reacted as he would normally react. He and Maricella were eating out and Linda called. M. answered and she said my brother shook his head. I think it's a protective thing. Linda will always be our little sister.
So we got into names after awhile. We definitely talked about some names that are completely off. We had a good laugh over them.
Dawn said she was sort of working on a baby blanket and was unsure of who would need one. But she figured maybe her sister or mine. That was on Thursday when she had those thoughts. And I guess it turned out to be mine.
We figured if all goes well with my dad, we could make a trip out there some time in April. I think Linda should have the baby by then. That would be cool. Definitely a trip for some celebration.

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Roel,

I cant believe your sister is having a baby!!!!!!! Man, I am getting old....I still think of her as a little girl....Time flies I guess. Best wishes to her and her little family!!

Sonia

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