Life is good

I am feeling really content and happy.

I figured the Internet can always use some more positivity so I’m going to share some of the reasons why.

Remember a few months ago when I wrote about negotiating part time work after my boss offered to hire someone for me to manage? We’d been looking for someone and I did several phone interviews and invited 3 candidates in did in person interviews. Well, all 3 were good and we decided to work out a plan to make an offer to not 1 but 2 of them, and to refer the third to another department hiring for the same role. One is an internal move and after some negotiating with his manager we have worked out that will start 2 weeks from Monday. I’m very excited!

I have only 5 weeks left in the office, including 3 with holidays. I also have the baby shower, office Christmas party, and a team outing during this time. It’s going to be January before I can blink an eye!

Husband and I are working together to make final decisions on purchases for baby. We recently decided on a stroller (the Uppababy Vista) and ordered furniture for the bedroom (where baby will join us) and living room (where there are currently lots of wires and games and controllers without proper storage). It feels like things are coming together and that we are working as a team.  We are also going to childbirth classes together. I love and appreciate it.

And of course, our baby is growing strong in my belly. Her movements have gotten strong enough to make my belly move, and she’s also started getting the hiccups. We love to look at the ultrasound pictures and imagine what she will be like. We feel bonded already and I’m sure it will only get stronger.

So much love and good things!

NYC pregnancy in the winter

On Monday I passed the 32 week mark. I’m doing well overall. I’m happy and looking forward to meeting our baby. With less than 2 months left, anxiety about the big life change is finally showing sometimes – but I’m still much more overwhelmingly excited than nervous or worried.

It is getting colder here in the city, and that is making me more comfortable. I think planning this pregnancy with the hope of my third trimester being in the winter really was a good call for me.

It had its amusements though… I keep seeing people with hat, scarf, and gloves and thinking they are way overdoing it. I’ve even been tempted to tease some of them. I have to stop myself and remember that my sense of temperature and my internal warming system is all hyped up. I am still turning on the fan at my desk (best purchase ever even though it arrived towards the end of summer right after the AC at the office was fixed). I generally don’t even close my coat. Sometimes I think I don’t need the coat at all.

I think I am definitely experiencing the world differently than most others right now.

Another observation I’ve may is that the winter layers make it harder to tell I’m pregnant. In September and October I was regularly getting seat offers on the subway, which at the end of a long day at work and with a 35 minute subway rider home, I greatly appreciated. But now, with my husband’s shapeless winter coat on, the actual offer from someone else is rare. And I’ve gotten some annoyed reactions when I aggressively went for an opening. I am over 7 months pregnant and my ride is a half hour or more, I think I deserve a seat thank you very much. But aside from unbuttoning and pulling aside my coat, removing it altogether, I’m not really sure how to make that happen.

The most bittersweet thing about being pregnant in the winter is that I can’t go skating. For the past several years I have loved returning to the ice in the winter when I could make use of the additional surfaces in the city, one of which is a block from my office and free. Now I walk past the skaters on the ice at lunch and cannot join them. It’s for an awesome reason and totally worth it, but I do miss the ice!