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Caution: Live Animals

I’m supposed to be working on a grant application right now, but that’s not gonna happen. Fuck you, Career. No one gives a shit about you. I know you thought that after Crushing Depression went away to college you’d be the center of attention, but guess what! Baby on the way! Count yourself lucky if you get your basic needs met and don’t get abandoned in a grocery store parking lot.

Instead, I am producing a belly shot flip book for Mr. Bunny’s stocking. (And you thought my efforts to make those shots look the same were purely aesthetic!) It’s not going to be the most amazing flip book ever, but just wait for Part Two. Because I love multitasking, I’m simultaneously marveling at the fact that there’s a live animal inside my body.

I seem to have entered the Phase of Reliable Movement. Monday was Bun Bun’s first really wiggly day, where rather than a little bloop! here and a little flutter! there I got successive minutes of good, solid bumping. In the past few days he’s even developed a bit of a schedule of kicking in the morning and evening. Holy shit. A schedule.

And I’m sorry if I’m pouring salt in your open wounds, but…it’s the Most Amazing Thing Ever. It also brings home to me the fact that this experience is likely to be a succession of the most amazing things ever. That positive pregnancy test was the most amazing thing ever. Hearing a heartbeat was yet more amazing. Seeing a human-shaped fetus was more amazing still. You get the idea. I suspect it goes on like this until Bun Bun becomes a foul-tempered teenager.

I mean seriously, who could care about her career at such a time?

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  1. Oh – Phase of Reliable Movement – this sounds wonderful!

    December 23, 2010
  2. ooh, that flip flops sounds like a great idea!! haha, i didn't realize that you were doing the exact. same. pose. literally. for all your tummy shots. roccie called my pose "the militant pose". i can't wait until i feel movement! that must be such an awesome feeling. i keep poking my belly in the hopes of feeling the baby move, but i know it's early yet. hubby thinks i'm being mean with my poking. but it's not like i do it a lot. kinda of? xoxo.

    December 23, 2010
  3. This sounds wonderful, B. I love the flip book idea!

    December 23, 2010
  4. Have thee not a fit, though, if there's a quiet time, apparently they do that, too.Very cool – I love the flipbook idea.

    December 23, 2010
  5. I wouldn't give a shit about the career either. Awesome flip book idea!

    December 23, 2010
  6. tenure shmenure, you're growing a fetus right now. You're busy. And it's december 23rd for goodness' sake! Exciting that you've entered the stage of reliable movement. Wow! And the flip book! What a great idea. Please report on Mr. Bunny's reaction. Happy Holidays, lovely woman. I am so very thankful for your presence in my life. Thank you for your kindness, your consistent support, and your humour. You are wonderful.

    December 23, 2010
  7. The movement? The best thing ever in the entire world and what I will really miss about being pregnant. The second bestest thing? When your husband can feel it from the outside for the first time. It's super awesome to watch the look of surprise.I love the idea of the flip book. Brings me back to "wow I am impressed you are so creative and crafty." And the careeer? Feh. It will all work out.

    December 23, 2010
  8. Career? Ha, I gave up on that before I was even pregnant or adopting…Love the flip book idea as a pregnant – very sweet.

    December 23, 2010
  9. JB #

    My husband did a digital belly shot flipbook, too…we didn't think of it until around 20 weeks, so we have weekly shots for weeks 20-38. (The day I went into labor, he asked if we could take a quick photo before leaving the house to add 38 weeks 3 days to the library, since we rightly assumed it would be my last day being pregnant…in between 5-minute-apart contractions, I agreed.) The wiggliness IS the coolest thing ever. Wait until it evolves into punches and kicks. In about a month or so you'll be able to get a response to pokes or shining a flashlight…Mr. Bunny will delight in that, if he's anything like KB…And yeah, fuck you career, you failed to fill the void when there was no behbeh on the way, so who needs you now? (Well, I guess the bank that financed my car loan does, and my mortgage lender, etc., but who ELSE?)

    December 23, 2010
  10. I love reading as you encounter each new miracle. I'm sure career will fall back into place at some point but now your focus sounds like it's in the right place to me 🙂

    December 23, 2010
  11. Wiggle away, Belly Bean! Can you digitize your flip-book?

    December 24, 2010
  12. What a great and amazing phase to be in. I agree that the career would be hard to focus on right this minute. What a journey to be on. I am thrilled that you are here in this moment with little bun bun moving all around. How cool.

    December 24, 2010
  13. I just went and had another look at all your belly shots and wow, your hands are in the exact same position and you have your body at the exact same angle each time!!! Amazing stuff Bunny.And it is amazing what Bun Bun is doing inside you. It's so fucking cool that you have a live animal inside you. The Coolest Thing Ever.xxx Merry Christmas my friend.

    December 24, 2010
  14. So glad you have moment and things are going well. You know I have never gone to your belly shot page I will have to check that out. Good luck with your grant!

    December 24, 2010
  15. Career? Who needs it? I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    December 26, 2010
  16. Yeah I agree, wiggling is the bomb. As for the career, you've already given it the best years of your life (well not really but the younger years) f-it! It can take care of it's own damm self for now,

    December 26, 2010
  17. I don't know how you do it, Bunny, but your pregnancy posts always make me smile. Maybe because you're so in awe?Hope Mr Bunny valued his gift!

    December 26, 2010
  18. You clever bitch. I adore that idea! I love it!Just wait. Not a month goes by where I don't think how much more fun This Month is than Last Month. Better all the time.I gotta go look at the belly again. Hilarious.

    December 27, 2010
  19. Wow, what a great idea!! You're so darn creative! I cannot even imagine how the baby moving is… it must be out of this world… I'm thinking about abandoning my career in a parking lot, too. If I had my way i probably would! But I know someday I'll want it again. Right?

    December 27, 2010
  20. AL #

    The phase of reliable movement!? That's got to be awesome. And a schedule?! So jealous. Hope my little one catches up quickly because that sounds pretty much amazing.

    December 29, 2010

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