Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy in the Hood

I love my neighborhood! I live in one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhoods in New York City. I’m about a 20 minute subway ride from Manhattan, but without Manhattan prices and attitude.

On my way to a diner for breakfast today, I stopped at my local Starbux to give one of the employees a few maternity tops that my BFF gave me that didn’t fit (my ginormous boobs, you know). On the way out I stopped to coo at the adorable twin babies of a gay couple. YAY for my hood!

I thought of the conversation about families I had with my 10 year old niece last weekend. She’d been on vacation with her father when I told my mother about my pregnancy. She got back last weekend and I told her she was getting a cousin. She’s OVER THE MOON! But her first question to me was, “You got married?” I explained everything to her and then talked some more about different kinds of families. I told her that sometimes families have 2 mommies. She quickly chimed in with, “I have 2 mommies!” (She has a stepmother.) So I explained that sometimes 2 women live together and have a child, and sometimes 2 men have a baby. “How do 2 men have a baby?!?!?!” I explained that sometimes a woman helps them, or sometimes they adopt a baby. And sometimes, I said, a single woman like me does what I did or adopts a baby. I told her about a single woman in my neighborhood who adopted a delightful little girl from Guatemala. I said that the important thing was that the baby had lots of love, and this baby will have LOTS of love. Of course, she agreed with that, since I think she’s already madly in love with her little cousin. (She’s said she’ll help change diapers. Even poopy ones. Though she says she won’t like those.)

In other good news, the cortisone shot I had in one foot on Wednesday kicked in today. OMG! Relief!! I’ve had 3 cortisone shots in the other foot and never got this kind of relief. I wonder if it was the dr and technique. The others were done by podiatrists, this was done by an orthopedic foot surgeon under u/s guidance. The injection hurt like HELL, but with the u/s he was able to pinpoint the inflammation and really target it. I don’t know if this will last, but I feel like I’m finally in good hands with this dr. He reassured me by telling me that if I do wind up needing surgery to release the fascia after I deliver, that I will be able to walk on it right away, so I can take care of my little Notion.


Beautiful Mess said...

I love your neighborhood! I wanna come live there! I've always talked to my kids about how some girls like/love girls and some boys like/love boys and it's totally fine! We've had a few lesbian couples but never that adopted, one of them had a child before they got together.

Your niece sounds like a lot of fun! She's going to be a GREAT cousin!

Michelle said...

It sounds like you live in a GREAT neighborhood. I am glad tings are going well and your are getting relief from your foot. ((HUGS))

the Babychaser: said...

Thank you SO much for your comment on my blog today. I talked to my RE and she confirmed what you said--reduction need not be all that risky for the pregnancy. She described how it's done (I had assumed some sort of invasive D&C process) and told me that there was only a 1% chance of m/c and less than 1% chance of infection.

DC has some of the best IF doctors in the country, and my clinic is amazing. I know the surgeon who did my myomectomy is one of the best in the country. So if the worst-case-scenario came I'd be in good hands. (Or maybe worst-case-scenario is negative beta.)

Not sure what the decision is going to be tomorrow, but it's nice to know I have the option of being aggressive. Because I need this to work. Every cycle my body throws a worse temper tantrum--it wants me to be DONE. And my mind/soul aren't far behind.

Your niece sounds adorable. Reminds me how much I love kids of all ages, not just little tots. And your hood rocks.

Anonymous said...

I want to adopt your neighborhood...

And maybe you, too. ;)

calliope said...

so effing glad that you are getting some foot relief. FINALLY!!

And love the chat with your niece.


battynurse said...

They do surgery for plantar fascitis?? I wish I knew this several years ago. Although I suppose I can hold on to that info since I think the damn stuff is coming back in my feet.
You sound like you do live in a great neighborhood. And your niece sounds so cute.

Kristin said...

It sounds like a fabulous neighborhood. And, I'm glad to hear your foot is feeling better.

Billy said...

Glad to hear of the relief in your foot!
Your niece - so cute!!
And yay for a wonderful neighbourhood :-)

Bella said...

Your niece sounds just adorable! I can't wait to hear about her gushing over her new cousin!

Glad your foot is better too...being able to walk is always a plus :)

Geohde said...

I like the sound of your neighbourhood, a lot. ALso love your explanations :)