Sunday, June 21, 2009

Funny Surprise

Today is the first day of ICLW, so welcome one and all who may stop by for that. My history is on the sidebar, but the long and short of it is that we are 10 weeks pregnant after two long years of trying and not trying and things not working out, in general.

Now on to the surprise. . .

T. and I agreed when we first found out that we are pregnant that we wouldn't tell anyone until we were through the first trimester. Despite my best intentions, however, a very close friend figured it out. She is the only person that I have talked to IRL about TTC, because as I've mentioned many times before, I just have no interest in bearing the burden of other people's expectations; it's all I can do to deal with my own. So anyway, my friend figured it out, and has been extremely excited for us, which has been really great. It is so nice to have someone excited for us. Because of our ages, I have every expectation that there are going to be people who tell us that we are screwing up our lives by having kids now, and I am dreading dealing with those people. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, a mother of two teenagers told me that she thinks we are doing the right thing by not having kids, because we have so much freedom, and we aren't missing anything. But I digress. . .

My friend is very excited every time I talk to her. We were at her house the other night, and she was asking a million questions, and then busted out with the following:

"When are you going to tell people? Oooh, can I give you a present? Will that freak you out??? I totally found the best thing at the dump!"

At which point, she disappeared into her garage. A present? The DUMP? Wuh???

She returned two seconds later with something very similar to this:



a giant activity cube, with letters and animals and colored beads. I totally cracked up. I told her that I couldn't wait to write in the baby's baby book that the first baby present we received came from the dump*.

*Perhaps I should explain that here in my little corner of New England, there is no curbside trash pickup (in fact, there aren't really any curbs, since there are no sidewalks in most places). Everyone has to bring their own trash to the dump, so the dump becomes a busy place on the weekends, which everyone by necessity frequents. Because of this, many towns have little rooms at the dump where people can leave items they no longer want, and other people can take them for free. It's sort of like having a little thrift store at the dump. There is often really good stuff there, especially in some of the wealthier towns. My friend got her baby jogger there, and now this. So, it's not like she pulled it out of the trash bin. And of course, I will thoroughly disinfect it.

11 comments:

becomingwhole said...

Hahahahahahaha! Too funny!

It's so good that you have SOMEONE that you can talk to about being pregnant besides your husband. Congratulations!

VA Blondie said...

I love it! That is so awesome.

My mother would pull stuff off the curb that people had left for trash all the time. In fact, most of our furniture in the house I grew up in was refurbished furniture that others were throwing out. My mother is really creative, and she would find a way to make that furniture look good.

~Jess said...

Ahhh...the Dump: Our's doesn't have such cool stuff at it...of course you'd have to go dumpster diving to get it.

I'm glad your friend is such a great support!

Cassandra said...

My town also has a freecycle section at the dump (though we do have curbside pickup, so I've never been to the dump). "Freecycle" sounds a lot better (very eco-friendly!) for the baby book than "dump".

Happy ICLW!

Heather said...

That is so funny where it came from!!! And this is the most awesome gift. We had a toy with just the beads on the twisty wires and our daughter loved it and played with it for years.

WiseGuy said...

Awesome! You friend is so cool! And I hate the advice splattered onto you by that other mother of two!

It is like Singles envy the married and the marries are envious of the singles!


*ICLW*

B. said...

I love that. If you have a baby shower and someone asks where you're registered, you can tell them to check out the dump. OK, that was funnier in my head than it is in writing. Anyhow, thanks for your comment- I checked out Sassy Mama's blog- wow she went through the wringer to get a BFP, but I'm so glad it worked out. Best of luck with your pregnancy! I'm absolutely thrilled for you!!!

ICLW

Kim H. said...

Congratulations! The story about the dump is hysterical... I love it! I'm also shocked at people actually thinking that they know what is best for you based on your age... I had a lot of that going on when I was younger too, but now that I'm 31 they just look at me like I'm broken.

ICLW

Darla said...

I'm all about reduce-reuse-recycle. Good deal and that thing is hum.on.gous!

BB said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy. The gift from the dump is very cute... and the story - awesome! :)

JamieD said...

I love it!!

We call it dumpster diving here and there are always treasures to be found!