No, not a real one, silly.
When I began this process of pursuing a doctorate in 2004, the Dean at the time told me that before I finished, I would feel like I had given birth. I just sort of blew him off and didn’t think much more about it. After all, I had just begun the program, and completing my requirements was nowhere in sight.
Now in this new year 2008, I can testify that everything he told me was true. There has been so much preparation getting ready for it — and so many sleepless nights, tossing and turning, trying to think what it might actually look like. Then, of course, there’s been the issue of what to call it. That’s always a decision to be weighed heavily.
And just like a real baby, I’m careful to not disclose too much information lest those within earshot decide to jump in with their critical opinions. After all, once a baby comes, most people are generally pretty accepting, no matter what slight flaws or idiosyncracies may be present.
This baby has really changed my life — and it’s not even here yet! My eating habits are different, and I’m not able to work out quite as much, all because I’m just so focused on making sure every last detail is just right.
Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is that I’m not due until December. . . sure do wish the gestation period for a doctorate wasn’t so long!