It’s summer. The weather is beautiful. But most days I’m home. Inside. Not traveling.
A strange season this end-of-pregnancy thing is. I desperately want to get out and enjoy this time of warmth. But I also just as fiercely want to avoid the stares and comments I get everywhere I go.
Yes, I’m as big as a house. Yes, it’s all baby, and it’s all out in front. No, I do not need you to remind me of this. Or ask me when I’m due. Or show shock and horror when I reveal I still have a few weeks to go. And, please oh please, stop staring. Haven’t you ever seen a pregnant woman before??
To avoid the awkwardness, I honestly try to just stay home. And it’s at home where I read about friends’ trips to fun places like Malta. And Tuscany. Colorado. I itch to pack my bags, but I know now is not the time. Hard as it is for me to believe right this exact and very minute, I will find myself traveling again. Just not quite yet.
Until then, I’m relegated to the city parks and pools. Ahhh, the pool. What a great way to cool off in a summer with no air conditioning, right? Right.
Well, right, except for the fact that it’s only been warm enough to go to the pool two or three times (it really has to be 85+ degrees F outside – the pools are filled with ice cold river water) . Last week, I actually needed a jacket. In July.
And then there’s the issue of the dreaded maternity bathing suit. Need I say more?
So, me and my cankles are hibernating. Not slacking though, mind you. I’ve always got irons in the fire. A summary of my latest projects…
I’m working on a Household Notebook – a resource to organize our family’s information and streamline my mama-of-three-boys job. Oh, and to help out Doc Sci should he ever have to know things like what size shoes the boys wear or the pediatrician’s address or my Facebook password. And since I can’t just settle for someone else’s product, I’m creating my own notebook structure, layout, and design. It’s nearly complete, and a post on the finished product is forthcoming.
Speaking of design, I’m taking an Adobe Illustrator e-course. Reasons for taking this course range from “I want to” to “I should be learning if I’m not working” to “it gets me a discount on child care for Screech.” The best part about it is the homework is not required or graded. But for some reason, I still do it…
I’m researching, prepping, and freezing meals for an army – an army of boys, that is – to eat after the baby comes. We have very few prepared meal options in the grocery store, and even fewer choices for decent (edible) take-out. Since I don’t want to find myself eating spaghetti, chicken nuggets & fries, and pizza for weeks on end, I’m cooking up other options. It’s a challenge to do with so little freezer space and no cream-of-mystery-soup ingredients, so be on the lookout for a post detailing how I managed.
Last week, I finally stopped procrastinating and photographed our annual Day in the Life project. I really do like the idea of digitally scrapbooking one ordinary day in the life of our family. It’s the actual documenting of everything (and the trouble I put myself through to avoid any unflattering camera angles or lighting that might further accentuate my roundness) that made me put it off for weeks. Now, I just need to find a deal on a photo book and put it all together.
These are just a few things keeping me on my toes – and inside, away from the pregnancy paparazzi. And while all these projects are fun, helpful, or just plain good for generating blog content, what I really want to do is just lie on a beach in Croatia. The beauty of the Dalmatian Coast reflecting in my sunglasses. The sun tinting the bodies of my little boys. Gelato satiating my stomach. Foreign words filling my ears.
Ah, well, maybe next year.