Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Tillman Family (As Interpreted By Pumpkins)

We didn't actually get around to carving our pumpkins this year. Ian has an aversion to touching pumpkin innards, and Max is slightly too young to wield knives, although he would love to. While we were at the pumpkin patch, however, we did select a pumpkin for each of us, and while they might have been better carved, I think they stand alone as representations of us. The big one is for Ian, because he is the biggest, and because I thought it would be funny to make him scoop out the most innards (a plan that backfired, as it turned out). Max chose his own, the little orange one, and he loves it deeply. I had to distract him with elaborate lego constructions in order to borrow it for this picture. This leaves the bumpy, yellowish one for me, which I feel is unflattering in some ill-defined way. Wait a minute, though. One, two, three ...

Who is this extra, curly little pumpkin on the top for? Aren't there only three Tillmans?

Not for long. Tillman baby version 2.0 is due to arrive May 30, assuming that he or she has a less whimsical sense of timing than his or her big brother (who arrived six weeks early and surprised us all). We call him or her Baby Speck, since we had this ultrasound at seven weeks, and all you could really see was a round speck with a heartbeat. Baby Speck, for those of you unfamiliar with looking at ultrasound pictures, is the pale whitish blob at the top of the dark pear-shaped blob. He or she looks just like me, don't you think?

13 comments:

Raging Wombat said...

I love the reveal, Chelsa! You and Ian are good people-makers and people-growers. The world will be better with more of you in it.

Is there a reason why Baby Speck resides on Ian's head? Is that a commentary on his cranial size?

Also, is this pumpkin portrayal indicative of another shift in the Tillman clan? No pumpkins representing Goblin or Edgar? Are the felines out?

Anonymous said...

pumpkin mess was always awesome

I sure do like pumpkins

Chelsa said...

Justin, you ask good, probing questions. Here are the answers:
*Baby Speck resides on Ian's head because a)s/he did not show up when photographed on the ground, and b)since I have to carry the burden of Speck in real life, I thought I would give Ian a turn in pumpkin life.
*Goblin was really bad the day we got the pumpkins -- she got out several times, hid under the stairs, and meowed saucily. She was therefore denied pumpkinish representation, and Edgar was considered guilty by association.

Sass said...

Congrats you two! BTW, I can't stop reading reading your blog and raging wombat's blog. Addictive I say!

Uncle Chrissy` said...

CONGRATS, guys and gal! I'm so excited for you three. Can't wait to see the new addition!

penny said...

oooooooo finally i can breathe a sigh of relief now that the cat is out of the bag. That was a very clever way of announcing the upcoming event my dear niece, and i have been waiting with baited breathe to see when it would happen. Big smiles here, congrats to you all.

Chelsa said...

We didn't want to say anything until we were far enough along to feel safe. It has been hard not to write about it, though -- it is on our minds a lot!

Margaret said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That's awfully exciting news. Can't wait to hear more about the pregnancy. Tell Max to enjoy the reign of the house while he can.

stina said...

Congrats!!

The Great Pumpkin said...

I feel you overshadowed my brethren with news of Speck.

I now doom you to pumpkin mess henceforth.

Chelsa said...

Wow. That sounds lame.

Auntie Aly said...

Congrats Chelsa, Ian, Max and Speck.
Thats too bad that you got cursed by the Great Pumpkin. I knew someone that happened to once, it wasnt pretty im telling you! Pumpkin mess came from everywhere...and i mean EVERYWHERE! maybe you should beg forgivness and sacrafice ian by making him eat raw pumpkin innards? just a suggestion.

Chelsa said...

I like the way you think, Alyson.