90% of why I began my maternity leave early had to do with a brutal commute from the Lower Upper East Side to the Upper Upper West Side and back every day. It was long, arduous, involved multiple forms of transportation, and the only people who offered up their seats to a big pregnant lady were most often fellow women: usually older, often heavyset, and never any perfectly able-bodied men. Most of them pretend not to see you by engrossing themselves in their smart phones, no matter how pathetic you make yourself look. Side note: my big pregnant self got on the elevator at Fairway last week with an elderly woman, a young woman with both a stroller and a grocery cart, and a young man carrying nothing but a zucchini. I don't pretend to know the physical details of why he chose the elevator over the stairs to haul his load, but that's not going to stop me from judging him.
I have enjoyed having the opportunity to try to get our apartment organized before the baby arrives - yes, our one-bedroom apartment that will soon house three humans and a small petting zoo. These are my life choices and I'm sticking by them, thank you very much. We were able to wall off a portion of the living room to create a good size nursery, and once Sandy H. gets here to meticulously and psychotically hang up some pictures perfectly evenly, I will post some photos of her handiwork. So far it is the only room in our home that is even remotely coordinated, thanks to having to buy everything all at once (or as Derrick says, take a bunch of money and light it on fire) rather than collecting hand-me-downs and Ikea pieces over time. Why is it that the Ikea pieces you buy to tide you over until you can afford something you actually like seem like they could withstand a nuclear holocaust? Maybe I'm just TOO good at taking care of things.
When I'm not sorting baby items whose purpose I don't understand - yes, this makes it hard to sort - or failing to keep Violet out of Frank's litter box buffet, I've been able to make it to pregnant lady pilates a fair amount and hope to go a couple of times this week. Last time, the instructor had to physically hold me up half the time, but at least I was there!
|Violet is not this little anymore, but neither am I. |
Also: Not to brag or anything, but I kept that fern alive all summer.
|She loves it when I do this; don't let her fool you.|
|A basic summary of my magical summer in the NC mountains.|
|My first split-second thought when I saw this bear lumbering through the yard was, |
"Gosh, Franco needs to lose some weight." I'm not even kidding.
|Me, knocked up, on an invigorating walk to Tasti-D's, |
detouring through Central Park, months before I became the slob I am today.