Miranda's Page

Real name: Miranda Chang-Wen Keller
Code name: Padawan
Due date: January 21, 2007
Actual arrival date: December 24, 2006
Gender: Female
Approximate weight: 5 pounds, 7 ounces (at birth)
5 pounds, 2 ounces (at 9 days old)
7 pounds, 3 ounces (at 32 days old)
8 pounds, 5 ounces (at 44 days old)
16 pounds, 12 ounces (at 6 months old)
Occupation: Being an infant
Job Description: Eat, grow, eat, cry, eat, sleep
Hobbies: Wiggling, wriggling, squirming, laughing, grabbing, gnawing, drooling
Likes: Milk, Theo, mirrors, duckies


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Prenatal FAQs:

Q. Why "Padawan"? And are you really going to name her Padawan, or maybe Patricia?
A. Keith and Chi-An are both Star Wars fans, and Padawan is a cute Star Wars term for a young apprentice. Only ask for more info if you really want to know (you probably don't). No, Padawan/Patricia is not a name currently in the running.

Q. So what are you going to name her?
A. We developed a short list of names (part of this list comes from our list of names we had before we knew Theo would be a boy), and will pick after she's born and we see what she looks like. Like her older brother Theo, her surname will be Keller, and her middle name will start with "Chang", the generational prefix for the Chien family. Other than that, we can tell you what names have been rejected this time around:
and in fact all names from The Lord of the Rings, female or otherwise.

Q. Are you excited?
A. Well, duh.

Q. Are you scared?
A. See above.

Q. Are you ready for another?!?
A. Not really, but we doubt we'd be any more ready later, either.

Q. Is Theo ready to be a big brother?
A. We're not really sure. Sometimes he seems very excited to be having a younger sibling, and other times he seems to realize that he's going to get shafted when the baby comes (from his perspective, shafted means we won't pay attention to him during his every waking moment, so I guess he's already used to getting shafted). He does know that he's getting a sister, and we're pretty sure he knows that means there will be a baby in the house soon. Occasionally he says things like "I don't want to have another person in the house!"

Q. Has Chi-An had any weird cravings this time?
A. Yeah, for food. Other than that, she's just extremely susceptible to suggestion, so don't talk about fried chicken around her unless you have some ready to hand over.

Q. How much weight has Chi-An gained?
A. Not much, really, but Keith doesn't remember specifics, so we need Chi-An to edit this page for exact details.

Q. How much weight has Keith gained?
A. None, although not for lack of wanting or trying. A friend suggested eating when Chi-An eats.

If we had a dollar for everytime we heard these statements, we'd have both Padawan's and Theo's college funds covered by now:

"Your lives are going to change."
"Your belly is so big!"
"Your belly is so round!"
"You really look pregnant."
"You're bigger than the last time I saw you."
"Are you sure you're ready for this?"
"Your lives are going to change."
"When will you have a third?"

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