|From PhD Comics|
- It takes about nine months for the whole thing to take shape.
- The idea of it is a little scary and intimidating, but hey, lots of other people have done it and survived.
- There are mood swings and bouts of nausea along the way.
- You might want to blog/tweet updates at every stage of progress. (I will shut up about my research soon, I swear :-)
- You are likely to eat random food, and sit around the house in your most comfortable pants.
- You'll probably change your mind a few times about the best name for it.
- As your due date approaches, household tasks suddenly become really fascinating. (Seriously, I cannot stop cooking and doing laundry.)
- You stay up in the middle of the night tending to it.
- In the end, you are proud of what you have made and hope other people love it as much as you do.
- You have to let go and send it off into the wide world for other people to take care of - giving my program director a copy of my draft today feels like sending my child off on the school bus for the first day of kindergarten.
**No, I'm not pregnant, but I've certainly seen what it's like. Plus when you spend a year working with maternity ward nurses you have far too many TMI medical conversations over lunch. (I miss you ladies!) **