Friday, October 2, 2009


I suppose I should make my introductions.

Pronunciation: \ˈbig\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dial. bugge important man
Date: 14th century
2 a : large or great in dimensions, bulk, or extent ; also : large or great in quantity, number, or amount b : operating on a large scale c : capital 1
3 a : pregnant; especially : nearly ready to give birth b : full to bursting : swelling c of the voice : full and resonant

Pronunciation: \ˈfer-ē\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English fairie fairyland, enchantment, from Anglo-French faerie, from fee fairy, from Latin Fata, goddess of fate, from fatum fate
Date: 14th century
: a mythical being of folklore and romance usually having diminutive human form and magic powers
usually disparaging : a male homosexual

Pronunciation: \ˈda-dē\
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1 : father 1a

My name is Oberyn. (Yes, there is a reference there to Oberon, King of the Fairies, in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, whoever he was.) I live in Oakland, California with my partner, Lily, 12 years my senior, and the subject of what she is currently carrying will be the purpose of this blog; she's pregnant.

We're a little weird, a little queer. We conceived on Beltaine, a holy day for Witches (the importance of which shall later become apparent), while at the Wolf Creek Radical Faerie Sanctuary for the celebration. We think it's a boy -- ultrasound pictures seem to indicate this. And I'm, well, gay. Oh, and yes, we planned this.

There are some complications with the pregnancy. To date -- Lily has a complete anterior placenta previa. We were hoping to deliver VBAC, as Lily has PTSD from a former birth experience in 1989. We are using a birthing center and midwives in San Francisco, but it looks like we'll be having a planned c-section a month before the due date, to ensure Lily does not hemorrhage. We're hoping no bleeding at all during the 3rd trimester, so to avoid bed-rest and possible hospitalization.

For now, that is our main focus. Updates and thoughts to come!

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