The New Kid on the BlockKatie Loeb
I’m Katie, I’m 28 years old and I am pregnant with my very first baby. I’ve been married for 3 years and my husband is a physician in his third year of residency. Third year of 10 million, I’m pretty sure. He currently works 80 hours a week, so it’s pretty much a miracle that we’re going to have a baby.
I am finishing up my third and final year of graduate school, also in a health science (but not medical school, because I’m not completely crazy. Yet.). Our baby is due on the very day that I’m supposed to graduate in May. So, I guess another fact about us is that we are really good at planning.
I grew up in Southern California in a moderately large city that has roughly the same number of people as cows. Needless to say, it smells really great there. When I was 18 I headed off to college in Los Angeles, then moved to New Orleans for three years before returning to California to live in a suburb of Los Angeles.
But that’s enough of the dull stuff, you’re not here to read my resume. Unless you want to, and then I’d be happy to send it to you to proofread. There is way more to me than geographics and demographics. These are some little known facts that you should know before you read anything I write.
- I am incredibly clumsy. I met my husband by breaking my ankle during a game of capture of the flag at staff orientation for a summer camp. He was the on site EMT, I was the hot mess counselor with the broken bone. I think he might have enjoyed that evening more than I did.
- I studied abroad in Athens, Greece for about 6 months in college. It was during that time that I learned how to drink wine, sing karaoke (where sing really means rap Eminem, because obviously) and speak just enough Greek to get myself home when slightly inebriated. At this point, all I can remember how to say in Greek is “no tomatoes” because that was a key part of ordering gyros at our favorite gyro stand.
- I love to bake pretty much anything, usually the more complicated the better. When I was 19 I entered 3 pies in our county fair on a whim. That whim won 1st, 2nd and 3rd best in show and 1st in each of their individual categories. I walked away with thirty pounds of sugar and a whole lot of little old ladies cursing my name.
- I have 2 cats that I love a ridiculous amount. There are somedays that I’m genuinely worried I won’t love my baby as much as I love my cat. (Don’t judge me.)
- I used to be a high school teacher. I taught 8th and 10th grades at an 8-12 grade high school for 3 years. I really enjoyed working with the kids, but I do not have the patience to actually impart knowledge on them. I knew pretty much from day one that I didn’t want to be a teacher forever, but at the time my husband was in medical school and one of us had to bring home the bacon.
- Nearly 4 years ago, I had brain and spinal surgery for a condition called Chiari Malformation. Though I still struggle with headaches pretty regularly, pregnancy has actually been pretty good to my brain. My medical history is going to mean a lot more monitoring, genetic testing and maybe even a few extra ultrasounds along the way to make sure everything is okay.
- I have never wanted anything in my life as much as I have wanted to be a mother. I know I still have a long way to go, but I am so looking forward to this journey and to bringing you all along with me.