Minsun, A 29-Year-Old Screenwriter And Freelance Writer In Los Angeles, Chronicles Her First Pregnancy

Read along as Minsun, a 29-year-old screenwriter and freelance writer living in Los Angeles, chronicles her first pregnancy.
Minsun Park

An introduction
I'll always remember the moment I learned I was pregnant. Standing in my bathroom, holding a urine-soaked stick with two pink lines in my trembling hand, I went hot and cold and promptly lost all feeling from the waist down. It's a good thing too, because I probably would have collapsed to the floor. Little did I know that crawling around on the bathroom floor would be exactly how I spent the next several weeks when morning sickness hit full force. As you may have guessed by now, this is the story of an unplanned -- but by no means unwanted -- pregnancy.

A little about me: My name is Minsun and I'm 29 years old. This is my very first pregnancy and I have since recovered from the initial shock and am now properly ecstatic at the prospect of being a mother this April. I always knew I wanted to have children someday, but that someday was elusive and unfixed like a landmark in the distance. Yet I'm secretly relieved that the decision has now been made for me. Although I was born in Seoul, South Korea, I have lived in Los Angeles since I was three years old and consider myself a native of La La Land.

Since Los Angeles seems to be a one industry town, I've worked in the entertainment industry for the past few years in various capacities. I've been an assistant to a literary agent, a script reader, and I've even worked for Wesley Snipes. Currently, I'm trying to make it as a screenwriter and have learned what rejection really means! My dear husband Teddy is a screenwriter, but thankfully a working one, otherwise we'd both starve. Teddy has worked incredibly hard to get where he is today and he is my inspiration and greatest comfort when I get rejected and dejected. But depending on screenwriting as a steady livelihood is always tenuous, it's either feast or famine and you never know when the next job is going to come. So bringing a baby in to this lifestyle is unnerving for both of us.

Teddy and I have been married for three years but together for a total of seven years. We come from totally different cultural backgrounds, he's Jewish and I'm Korean with a Christian upbringing and it's never been the slightest issue until now. Not that there is any tension, but suddenly decisions about how the baby is going to be raised have to be made. A Jewish name or Korean name? Should the baby be raised Jewish? Temple or Church? Oy Vey! The list goes on and on! But we both have a sense of humor and a great respect for each other's background and look forward to having a child that will embody the best of both worlds.


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