I have many bad habits*. I follow the 3 second rule when I drop food on the floor (unless it looks unsalvageable, sometimes I will wash it before resuming eating it i.e. in the case of fruit – but it is worth mentioning that Jeremy has banned what he calls ‘floor-food’ while I am pregnant.) I will trade any amount of household chores of any kind to avoid cleaning the bathroom. I leap in front of Jeremy when he is playing games on the PS3 with a pointless interjection on something (that could have waited for another time) boring. I read Mills and Boon romances, I cut my own hair when I am feeling idle and contemplative usually resulting in a mullet or uneven cut, and I save all files to my desktop – giving myself the file management system of a compulsive hoarder. The other bad habit my family (and Jeremy) sometimes give me a hard time about is that I listen to whatever is on the pop’iest of pop radio stations and love it for the average time it stays in the top 20 charts.
But it’s not crap – I defend my pop music. Its wonderful. Every song is pretty much the same. I have defended Mills and Boon in a similar way. I love the way each story or track is a different variation of the same thing, much like listening to Mozart’s Variations.
I am not really saying that pop music is Mozart… I am pretty sure you could use many of the current top 20 chart songs played over and over to drive somebody insane, and I am fairly sure that Mozart on repeat would have a less damaging effect on the human mind – but there is an overlooked wonderfulness in the way pop music is constantly producing the same song, but different.
And this afternoon I found this video by Norwegian Recycling showing how six popular songs from the last 10 approx years are pretty much the same thing. It fills me with glee to hear them like this all together. It’s like the pop industry has been composing it’s own ‘Variation’s’ in this particular little sequence of chords.
I am not sure what my taste in music is doing to our baby son. He’s still on the inside – but it is commonly agreed now that he can hear what is going on on the outside. Jeremy tried to explain Derivatives and Differentiation to him last night for his bed time story (and because I couldn’t remember what they were and made the mistake of asking). During the last appointment it was decided to send him for an additional ultrasound scan as the bump looked larger than usual for the stage of pregnancy we were at. Today a scan confirmed that the baby is taking more after his dad, or perhaps his very tall maternal great uncles and great grandfather (my mum’s whanau), with his head and torso measuring larger then average.
The graph above here shows the baby sitting nicely above the 90th percentile of baby sizes on the graph (the darker top line) and way above the middle average baby grey line. The star indicates the guesstimate based on measuring my stomach with a tape measure, the circle with the dot is the actual scan 2 weeks later.
Time seems to be flying by now. Personally I am in denial about the fact that we will soon be parents to an actual baby, or based on his musical exposure so far, parents to a very tall future pop star – who is also good at maths and computer science (a wee way off). Jeremy rightly pointed out that even though the baby is bigger then average, he is not yet as big as the baby we will meet in May. This briefly reassured me and then made me think of Kaz Cooke’s ‘Up the Duff’ guide to pregnancy, which I have been enjoying, when she says towards the end of her pregnancy diary that she now knows why whales beach themselves.
I find myself wanting to stay on the couch rather then going to work. Wanting to get into bed early rather then staying up on Friday and watching television or lurking in the living room. This has incidentally stemmed another one of the bad habits I mentioned above. Jeremy is able to play Mass Effect 3 in the secure knowledge that I am unlikely to leap in front of the TV during a critical battle for the safety of the planet Earth against the Reapers.
*the following list is not all-inclusive.