• Elijah Ricks


As the reader learned from the previous post, we are expecting a second child. This news came to us with much joy and celebration (we had been trying for some time), and we are glad to share the joy with everyone else. Here are a few points about this pregnancy:

  1. Kira is approximately 12-13 weeks along.

  2. She is slowly leaving the “morning sickness” phase. This time around was relatively better. With Avey there were a few days where Kira could not keep anything down at all. With Newbaby she has had a few rough moments (pretty much whenever she eats), but has had no days where she was unable to keep down most of the meals. 

  3. We have basically no ideas for boy names.

  4. We may have some options for girl names. 

  5. Avey is convinced this will be a boy, and his name will be Robert. 

  6. Avey is excited to be a big sister, and continually refers to the child as her baby. She’s compiled quite the list of things she will teach him or her. 

  7. Avey has been reliving what it was like to be a baby by having us ritualistically play peek-a-boo with her, pulling out her old baby toys, and explaining to us what babies don’t know. 

We’ll share updates as they come.

In other news, Kira’s Texas license came this week, so that she can now practice therapy here. The temperature today has been in the upper 70s or so, which feels amazing compared to the lower 100s we’ve endured for the past couple of weeks. UTEP’s football team won their first game in overtime against Stony Brook last night! I will start a small job at the juvenile probation office here next week. I will mostly be doing psychological assessments to determine appropriate mental health diagnoses, if any, the probationers have. I have also been picked to be the teaching assistant for a statistics class – the one class I had hoped I would not have to TA for. I think it will be alright.

Sorry for a mostly journal-entry-post. Things are sure to get crazier soon…


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