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100% Chance of Baby Showers

100% Chance of Baby Showers

I’m going to take a brief hiatus from my wedding dress pre-purchase saga. Just for 1 post! Though I’m not sure why, because writing about it 1) stirs up lots of ideas and memories for me, and 2) apparently draws in lots of people who are either curious, inspired, horrified or some combination, by my unorthodox timeline.

Apparently this iconic "I Love Lucy" scene was shot at the See's Candies factory. We love See's!
Apparently this iconic “I Love Lucy” scene was shot at the See’s Candies factory. We love See’s!

Nevertheless, I feel like Lucy as the chocolates are coming down the conveyor belt at ever-increasing speed. But rather than smush them uncomfortably into my mouth and bosoms, I’ll write about my latest life experiences so they don’t evaporate helplessly into the thin air of short term memory loss. (Status of this paragraph’s metaphors: more mixed than Vin Diesel’s ethnicity.)

Recently, we went to a Lakers game. Despite my best efforts (extent of efforts: idle wishing), Deepak and I have never "made it" (falsely implies meritocratic process) onto the Kiss Cam. However, this apparently sparring couple did (her body language: "Kiss me, cad! The only PDA I ever see is your iPhone!"
Recently, we went to a Lakers game. Despite my best efforts (extent of efforts: idle wishing), Deepak and I have never “made it” (falsely implies meritocratic process) onto the Kiss Cam. However, this apparently sparring couple did (her body language: “Kiss me, cad! The only PDA I ever see is your iPhone!”)

As I briefly alluded to in my earlier post, the late 20s/early 30s common life experience can seem jam-packed with constant engagements and weddings. Towards the latter end of that spectrum, of course, the volume of weddings tapers ever so slightly to give way for the new boom: pregnancy announcements and births.

Who Held Him Better? pt. 1: Baby Reece. Authentic affection!
Who Held Him Better? Round 1: baby Reece. Authentic affection!
Who Held Him Better? pt. 1, baby Reece: Teaching him about the 3 fingers pointing backwards, I hope.
Who Held Him Better? Round 1: baby Reece. Teaching him about the 3 fingers pointing backwards, I hope.
Happy birth month!
Happy birth month (this is baby Reece when he was a true baby)!
I look a little "extra" here.
I look a little “extra” here.
To be fair, so does Deepak.
Deepak looks “extra” too, though more endearingly so.

I’ve never been bothered by this joyful sequence of events. Admittedly, I find some of the feigned public wonderment of the aforementioned events a bit suspect — “I had no idea he was going to propose!” she says, as her gel manicure appears immaculate and her “Wedding Ideas” pinboard goes live with no fewer than 200 pins mere minutes later; or “OMG it’s a miracle — WE’RE PG!!” the status update reads, which is sweet and encouraging, but probably more suitable to finding the immaculate likeness of Jesus’ loving face in the grease pattern of your onion rings, not the relatively rote event of successful gamete fusion (what outcome — pardon my indelicacy — would anyone expect with the kind of behavior that gets you there in the first place?).

Who Held Him Better, pt. 2: baby Brandon. Reserved and hiding in hoodie à la "8 Mile"?
Who Held Him Better, pt. 2: baby Brandon. Reserved and hiding in hoodie à la “8 Mile”?
Who Held Him Better, pt. 2: baby Brandon. Just hangin'.
Who Held Him Better, pt. 2: baby Brandon. Just hangin’.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jain?™: The future tabloid catchphrase for my baby bump watch. (Fiancé's last name is Jain.) You're welcome, Us Weekly!
Whatever Happened to Baby Jain?™: The future tabloid catchphrase for my baby bump watch. (Fiancé’s last name is Jain.) You’re welcome, Us Weekly!
These are the kids' cards available at Target. They all have FEATURES. E.g., scratch & sniff interior, fuzzy front, hologram. I'm all for artistic touches, but don't these kids technically not even recognize the faces of their own mamas yet?
These are the kids’ cards available at Target. They all have FEATURES. E.g., scratch & sniff interior, fuzzy front, hologram. I’m all for artistic touches, but don’t these kids technically not even recognize the faces of their own mamas yet?

Right now in our relationship, I bring in more “Save the Date” cards and Deepak brings in the baby shower invites. I enjoy it! This past weekend, Deepak dispatched me to shop for a gift for his coworker’s son’s 1st birthday.

They are thick as thieves, on Deepak's side, at least. Reece isn't ready to give Deepak his half a of a heart-shaped "Best Friends" locket just yet.
They are thick as thieves, on Deepak’s side, at least. Reece isn’t ready to give Deepak his half a of a heart-shaped “Best Friends” locket just yet.
But Deepak will use this early opportunity to teach Reece franchise allegiance.
But Deepak will use this early opportunity to teach Reece franchise allegiance.
Of course, the final gift combination for our latest birthday had to include this "My Pal Violet" talking purple dog. Message: I'm with your child ... everywhere!
Of course, the final gift combination for our latest birthday had to include this “My Pal Violet” talking purple dog. Message: I’m with your child … everywhere!
Though I don't believe in the cake smash at weddings, it does feel apropos for 1st birthday parties.
Though I don’t believe in the cake smash at weddings, it does feel apropos for 1st birthday parties.
All for him!
All for him!
Stole this kiss from the bipedal plush bear.
Stole this kiss from the bipedal plush bear.
Pitter patter of impractically clad feet.
Pitter patter of impractically clad feet?


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