Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread


Happy Independence Day weekend, Americans (and to everyone else: happy Friday)!. What are your holiday plans? Barring having a baby, which I would welcome (unless it meant going into labor during the fireworks which will shut down the bridge we need to cross to get to the hospital, you better believe Drew has been stressing about this for months now), we’ll have a low-key weekend close to home, probably eating hot dogs and chips with some friends and taking care of whatever last-minute stuff we can think to do before we have a little screaming bundle of joy on our hands (but, honestly, I think we’ve covered just about everything at this point, unless I want to get crazy and cook a bunch of meals to freeze, which I don’t. Take-out is our friend in the coming weeks. Also, we just signed up to try a few Blue Apron meals in hopes that it will help guide Drew into the world of cooking so that we might better share that responsibility in the future). We do have access to the roof of our building, which would probably be a great spot to view fireworks tomorrow evening over the East River, but I have yet to attempt the pull-down ladder to get up there, and I’m sure as shit not trying it at nine months pregnant (our third-floor walk-up has provided enough challenge in the last couple of months, thank you). One of these summer evenings soon though, Drew and I are going to get a sitter and spend a couple hours up on the roof, under the stars, enjoying the quiet and maybe a shot or two of the tequila I’ve been craving for months. It won’t be long now.

Happy holiday weekend!

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  • Sunshine Brite July 3, 2015, 3:30 pm

    I’m surprised Drew didn’t book a room at a hotel on the other side of the bridge “for fun” this weekend.

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  • Ale July 3, 2015, 3:35 pm

    What about crossing the bridge before fireworks, and hanging out on the other side, just in case.

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  • Stillrunning July 3, 2015, 4:06 pm

    Ok, now I’m nervous. Booking a hotel on the other side of the river is not a bad idea.

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  • Dear Wendy July 3, 2015, 4:41 pm

    Ha — my mom had the same idea as you guys. Especially after last night when I spent a couple hours in Labor and Delivery with some early labor signs (they turned out to be not too serious, but we’ve been erring on the side of being extra cautious since I had such a fast labor with Jackson). My doctor thinks labor is likely before the end of the weekend, but I’m currently not feeling anything, so I don’t know. But we definitely need to make some plans about tomorrow so we’re on the right side of the bridge if/when we need to be…

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    • othy July 3, 2015, 5:28 pm

      Well, if you don’t have the baby this weekend, the 7th is an excellent birthday, as both my niece and my brother have that birthday. But here’s hoping she comes sooner than that!

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    • Ladyinpurplenotred July 4, 2015, 7:27 am

      Awwww I’m a little sad the baby and I won’t share a birthday now. I hope everything goes as smoothly as it can for you!

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    • Skyblossom July 4, 2015, 11:00 am

      The 4th of July would be a great birthday. It would always be a holiday, not many people get that. My dad’s birthday is on Veteran’s Day and he loves that, especially since he is a veteran.

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    • Addie Pray July 5, 2015, 2:50 pm

      Any new baby Condleberries??

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      • Dear Wendy July 5, 2015, 3:45 pm

        No. And I am so bored and frustrated. I/we feel very tethered to our home/neighborhood because we know that once labor signs start, we have to rush to the hospital and rush to get a sitter for Jackson on account of my very fast labor with Jackson and expecting/preparing for similar this time. We were hoping it would happen this weekend while we were all home, as opposed to when drew’s at work, and my doctor thought I’d have the baby by now, but still nothing. My due date isn’t even for two weeks, so it feels silly to be so impatient, but there have been enough early labor signs (regular contractions, losing mucus plus, dilation and effacement) and Jackson was born 2 1/2 weeks early, so we’ve been in high alert for a week and it’s beginning to make us crazy. Come on, Baby!

      • Addie Pray July 5, 2015, 4:40 pm

        This is so exciting – try not to worry. Let us do the worrying for you. I’m so excited for news of the baby arriving! Can you take Jackson to the hospital with you? They should have emergency 24-7 day care at the hospital, with beds and stuff for the kids, for parents/patients who need some time to find a sitter. Maybe they do?

  • Ika July 3, 2015, 4:51 pm

    The hotel room sounds like a great idea!

    Happy 4th of July for you all! Here Independence day is the 9th. So thursday. But it’s not a big deal or anything, just one more day off.

    On wednesday the schools do the ceremonies, so I get to sit in the hall all morning since 4 y o has the kindy one at 8 15 and 7 y o primary at 10. I love the ceremonies though, so adorable seeing little kids all dressed up and acting. And singing the national anthem.

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    • Skyblossom July 4, 2015, 11:01 am

      Happy Independence Day to you and your kids! Hope their programs are fun. When my daughter was 3 and singing in a Thanksgiving program she looked at me the entire time and I knew that she was singing to me and me alone. It made me realize how absolutely important I was in her life, although I already knew that.

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      • Ika July 5, 2015, 3:53 pm

        At the last one (june 20th), my 4 yo, who is a sloooow talker, was the only one of her class that was brave enough to talk on the microphone!!! It was so great. And I didn’t even know beforehand!
        The programs at this school are quite cute. My favourite part is that the kindy kids make their own costumes. Like end of last year it was under the Sea, they each had to take white shorts and a white tshirt. My daughter was an orca, so she painted hers black,with a foam rubber fin. Another an octopus, painted hers pink, tentacles, etc. Nothing like the kindy my eldest went to, where it was a competition to see whic mother could make her kid stand out the most.

  • Portia July 4, 2015, 11:45 am

    Happy Fourth of July! I have a friend whose birthday is on the Fourth of July. He’s foreign (grew up in another country to foreign parents), but his parents were in DC when we was born, so he’s actually super American. It makes for some good jokes. I hope baby Condelberry holds out at least another day so you can get to the hospital! It would certainly make for an interesting story if she needed out now.

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