Well, it's finally happened. I've crossed over to the other side....
This is Tom and I with Victoria, our new car. We got it so I'd have my own car to drive around L.A, now that walking 3.5 miles/day at least is starting to tire me out too much in this pregnant body. I will still walk! Oh yes! I refuse to surrender to the LA culture of driving ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE when there's nothing but sunshine can clear skies. But on the flip-side, it's bloody hard to get anywhere in LA without a car. I've managed to do pretty well for my first two years here, when most Angelinos look at me sideways when I tell them I don't have my own car. But the thought of being a tad bit isolated with a newborn and the difficulty of getting to doctor appointments or Mommy and Baby meetings etc. helped Tom and I decide it was time. And for one woman who has always disliked driving, I have to say I LOVE THIS CAR! It doesn't mean I'm totally comfortable navigating the highways of LA. It's nuts here people! But oh, dear Toronto friends, if you could see how far I've come! I'm so, so grateful that Tom and I can afford our beautiful Victoria and that I really do love driving this sweet, smooth girl. She's helping me get over much of my driver's anxiety and that is a blessing! Big Gratitude!
In the meantime, while I haven't been driving, doing my other freelance work, or teaching yoga, — and I've been doing a lot more of that lately which is awesome and helping to pay for the aforementioned vehicle — I've been working on this:
I've been slashing, and making notes and looking for places to cut, because this draft is a tad on the long side. But I'm making huge progress! Thanks in part to the help of my author aunt. And in a few months this bad boy will be out of my hands and sent out...Before baby comes I'll be at the next stage with this manuscript - the submission stage! Oh my goodness, I don't want to think about how many years it's taken me to get here, but the time is nigh, my friends. Oh yes, it is coming very soon. I feel grateful that I've stuck through it. Just to get to this stage after being a young early twenty-something girl and dreaming of getting here, I have! And it's because of the support from my family and my love, it's because of my own perseverance. Even if nothing more comes from this I have to give myself credit for getting this far. There's a lot of people that don't.
And while I'm not editing away...Tom and I are working on this:
It's our official "Before Baby Peters" list. That's right! We have a list — with only 12 weeks or so to go until baby arrives. Bah! I know our lives will be changed forever pretty soon and I've never been more excited, more grateful for a life change (though trust me already-parents, I'm not expecting this to be easy in any way, shape or form).
At 30 weeks I have to say I'm really starting to feel the spirit of this baby inside me. Not in gender terms but in a whole other way — just a presence that I feel wrapped up in, in awe of and so utterly grateful for. Every time the baby moves in my belly I'm filled with great laughter. I can't thank God, the Universe, Spirit, enough!
And on a side note...it's my Mom's birthday today. Happy Birthday Mom! You all know how important she is to me. And if you don't, read this.