Friday, July 19, 2013

Thoughts on Boston, Boxes and Babies

BOSTON, MASS. -- We've been in Boston for almost a month now. Wow, how time flies! And thank goodness it is flying, because we are in the middle of a nasty heat wave over here in New England and the sooner we are out of it, the better. I think, somehow, being pregnant makes everything feel a million degrees hotter. I hope that's normal. And note to self: never be pregnant in the summer ever again, if you know what's good for you.

Despite the sickly humid temps though, we have managed to have some fun. We explored a New Hampshire beach, and even braved a Red Sox game on the Fourth-- and boy was it HOT! One thing I would certainly not necessarily classify as "fun" though is public transportation. When I ditched the metro in D.C. to drive to work, I thought I had bid public transportation goodbye forever. But lo and behold, public transit is how things are done around here. It sure doesn't make moving around in the heat any easier. I'll spare you the details.

At Fenway. In 95 degree heat. It was a killer. But the Red Sox won.

After a month of living like minimalists, our movers finally arrived with our stuff last Friday (well, some of our stuff). Worst moving experience of my life. I miss the days when I could fit all my belongings in my car. Please don't ever refer your friends, family or anyone you generally care about to these movers. They were a disaster. Our boxes arrived looking like a ton of bricks had been stored on top of them. Some were completely ripped open with the contents pouring out, others were semi-flattened. One of our boxes of dishes marked "fragile" was completely demolished. The good news though, is that most of our stuff arrived and now we are finally starting to feel at home here. I think we're going to like it just fine.

Yes, that box is ripped open, and yes, that is how it was delivered to us.

And now, for some cheerier news... We recently had our big ultrasound, and despite thinking it was a boy for quite some time, our ultrasound revealed our first child will instead be a little GIRL! She was a wiggly one, and has been every time we've done an ultrasound. I am not sure how that will translate outside the womb. But we are very thrilled about the revelation (the gender part... not the energy level)!  In fact, this is the first thing we I hung on our new fridge:

Not many clear pictures of this little wiggle worm, but it's all we've got.

And, that's our update. We're hot, getting settled, and genuinely excited for what lies ahead. In the meantime, I am going to be taking it easy over hear sipping an ice cold drink. Hope all is well with everyone else's summer too!


Lorena said...

Love the update - I almost forgot about your big move. I'm glad to see that you're already all decked out as Red Sox fans.
I agree entirely about public transport while pregnant - it's awful. Do you remember my fiasco with riding the metro pregnant on the day of Obama's 1st inauguration? Bad, bad.
And my final comment - yay for a girl and yay for a wiggler! First inklings of your who your precious baby is...very exciting.

Joy Candrian said...

Yea to a girl, boo to the movers & the hot humid air...lucky you can go swimming & I think you should every day you can. Good exercise & it'll make you feel better.

Eloquent Obi said...

yea! congrats for you all and the new baby on the way! she will be beautiful!!

The Hargretts said...

WOW you're right it has been a month since your move. Time is going fast! We recently had a family move into our ward that had a VERY similar moving disaster. A lot of their good furniture was ruined and boxes opened, etc.

Awww a little girl! She is going to be one cute girly. Any name ideas yet? Hang in there... we're almost done with summer. Then you'll be getting some nice Boston fall weather.

Bre said...

When your title said, "Babies" I SERIOUSLY thought you were going to announce you were having twins...but I always think people are going to announce twins. wonder why... :)

Amy Lovell said...

Was that a 3D ultrasound? Those things freak me out. I wish December would hurry up and get here, I want a new niece to snuggle with.

Kami said...

A GIRL! Woohoo, she's going to be so darling, like her mom! Little girl clothes are so much cuter than boy clothes :) Can't wait to meet her!