Monday, April 28, 2008

Staying in the same room with one

Last week, I got an email from our friends that included pics of us with their child. I didn't open it up right away. I waited for a few days and then took a look. There we are holding the little one, it was at Christmas time, so you can see the tree on the side. Then pics of my inlaws with the baby. I couldn't help but think I wish we had been holding our own child. Sigh. Yes, I know, we will be, we will be. It's just weird. I still feel such strong longing. That couple is now ooops pregnant again.

On the weekend, we went for a dog walk and visit with another couple who recently celebrated the arrival of their 2nd baby girl. My friend gave me a cookies'n cream white chocolate bar that read HERSHEIS with the baby's name and on the back it listed her little girl's newborn stats. I have to admit, that's so cute and a way better idea than handing out cigars or whatever.

Mmm. I wonder if I could get me some of those when I get my child. The cookies n' cream would certainly be appropriate or perhaps a Coffee Crisp. I'm going to get me some of those. We've had numerous offers of strollers and baby gear which I am more than willing to take if for no other reason to avoid having to decide which monster SUV stroller I should get. Have you seen some of those space aged creations lately? What the hell - I had no idea there was so much STUFF one little baby required - and the prices!? I could buy a chi-chi pram (and apparently you need more than one; one jogger or a rugged one for forest paths, one collapsible and one for the bike) or I could start an education fund. Oh, yeah and baby slings (in front or in back), or backpacks. My head hurts. It took me weeks to find a cute leather collar for my dog.

As we walked around the lake, I pushed the stroller for a little while. Just trying it on for size. It felt a little weird, but okay. Wondered how I was going to train the dog to walk beside it. Wondered in fact how I was going to carry a newborn, walk the dog and drink my latte all at the same time. Hahaha. Which brings me to the parenting course we're doing in a few days. Yep, a parenting course. It's supposed to be about creative parenting so I hope I don't blurt out the my dog is more than capable of minding a baby while I work out for an hour.
I'm just trying to get my head wrapped around the idea that I too can be a yummy mummy. It's all very, very weird.


annacyclopedia said...

It sounds nice, trying it on for size. Sounds weird but in a good way. I kind of know what you mean - I'm just now allowing myself to start thinking a little further ahead about what life will really be like if we have a baby. It has taken so long just to get here that I haven't really let myself consider this stuff, like strollers and gadgets (although I am very much of the "don't believe the hype" view - you don't need a fraction of the crap they try to sell you these days. A good sling that isn't just for tiny babies, and a decent stroller - that's it.) And to start to dream, to think about accepting offers of stuff from friends, or to consider what choices I'm going to make - you're right. It's unnerving. But in a good way.

And I just don't see how you won't be a yummy mommy with that Hermes scarf of yours. Yup, a latte, some beautiful sunglasses, baby in a sling (hands free so easier for latte drinking action), strolling around some swanky party of will be raising the bar in your entire city.

Guera! said...

I hope you get everything you want. I can't wait to hear about it when you do.
Can you get spit up out of Hermes scarf?

Lori Lavender Luz said...

May I borrow your dog?

Just for an hour. I promise.

Pamela T. said...

You've come a LONG way, baby! Parenting classes and stroller test that's progress.

As for waiting to open the email pics ... I still have a baby announcement on the counter that arrived in January. I'm wondering how long it will be before I open it. Weird, I know!

Unknown said...

That is a cute idea to hand out chocolate bars.

And that Hermes scarf is gorgeous, keep it and wear it lots and lots. Your baby will say one day, "My mum always used to wear this beautiful red scarf, even when we just went to library."

Good luck with the preparation. It must be a strange mental shift. A whole new world suddenly opening up to us again.

Wordgirl said...

I could have written this post!

Oh my GOD. It makes me smile, laugh, brim with hope.

Are you truly in Vancouver? I have clearly NOT been paying attention because my favorite place on earth is Vancouver.

G and I went there a few years ago -- stayed on Vancouver Island for a few days -- back in the city on Granville Island for a few days (not enough time really).

G and I went into this swanky baby store for my brother's shower and it had this stroller type thing but somehow it was on some giant swiveling spring...and it was, I kid you not, THOUSANDS of dollars.

Maybe you can use the Hermes as a sling?

Kidding, kidding. Though fashionable, no?