I Wrote This Entire Thing Without Taking A Breath Can You Tell

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your wise and helpful comments on my last post. You know, sometimes I feel like I just can't be bothered with blogging anymore—all the sponsored this, Pinterest-fodder that—and I think "eh, I'll just show myself out quietly, there's nothing in this for me anymore," and then you, all you wonderful people, weigh in on a subject with your thoughts and your advice and your experiences and I realize that what I've always valued most of all about writing online is the—sorry, barf alert—community it fosters, and I can't let go of that. I feel like I have hundreds of clever and sensible friends helping me out whenever I read through your comments—particularly your comments on pregnancy and parenting, though certainly not exclusively so—and I just want to let you know, straight up, that I truly do appreciate it.  

Also, I promise I haven't been drinking. I don't know why I'm getting weirdly schmoopy, except to say that I'm grateful you're still around. 

I realize that the only thing more boring than someone telling you about their kid's nap schedule is someone going wait, listen to this crazy dream I had last night!, so I'll make this quick, but the update is.....well, I guess there is no update. We're still sort of wildly inconsistent with the sleep thing, by which I mean that a) the day after I wrote that post, Hugo slept an incredible EIGHT HOURS AND TWENTY-THREE MINUTES—I, meanwhile, slept about two, because I kept waking up and thinking wait, is he actually breathing?—but b) that was a total flukey one-off, probably just designed to mess with me, and we mostly still get a bunch of two- and three-hour chunks at night, despite my best efforts to replicate, down to the letter, everything we did that day, excepting the morning visit to IKEA because come on, are you crazy.  (But what if it was the morning visit to IKEA that set in motion whatever needed to be set in motion to get the EIGHT HOURS AND TWENTY-THREE MINUTES? Will I have to live out the rest of Hugo's infanthood browsing the SNIGLARS and the ULLGUMPS and the DUKENS just to get it to happen again?) 

(Those are all real IKEA products, by the way. I did not make them up. I wanted to have made them up, but I did not.) 

Okay, let's stop talking about sleeping children and examine the question of whether it is ever okay to "save" a parking spot for someone else by standing in it. Is that....something you are okay with people doing? Is that cool with you? I'm not entirely sure that's cool with me, and I came across someone doing it yesterday when I tried to pull into TJ Maxx with a cranky baby in the back so I could return an ill-chosen sweater in the six-minute time slot I estimated I had left before full-blown pandemonium ensued. 

The parking lot was busy and I'd circled a couple of times before I finally saw this fabulous spot right in front of the store and I thought bingo, theeeere she is, so I put my blinker on, started to pull in, and then noticed that there was a woman standing right in the middle of it. Just....standing there. In the parking space. Doing nothing. 

That's kind of weird, I thought, so I pulled in super slowly, assuming maybe she was just waiting for someone and didn't realize she was kind of in the way, but she started scowling at me and flapping her hands like she was motioning for me to go away and this is when I realized that she was trying to "hold" it for someone else and I thought OH HELL NO, so I just kept pulling in, like oh hey, no idea what YOU'RE doing but I'm parking my car in this rectangle where CARS go and finally she just rolled her eyes at me, flapped her hands a little more—including a particular finger, I'll let you guess which one—and walked away. 

And then I immediately felt really guilty, like maybe she'd been saving it for her 93-year-old mother who was on one of those motorized scooters and really needed to be all up in TJ Maxx's front entrance like that, but a few minutes later I saw her looking at some faux fur vests with another (young, spry, able-bodied) friend, so apparently she was just doing the parking lot version of leaving your towel on the sun lounger, except WITH HER ACTUAL BODY. 

Is that acceptable? I am mostly of the opinion that it is not acceptable—particularly in the dog-eat-dog world of a strip mall parking lot at 5pm on a weekday, where CARS ARE CIRCLING LIKE SHARKS, okay I am mixing up my metaphors, and also my animal kingdom—but I am curious to know whether this is common practice where you live, and whether it is okay. 

I have never really been one to put up with much crap, but I do think having a kid has made me even less okay with it, like the time last week when I was crossing the street with Hugo asleep in the carrier on my chest and this guy in a huge SUV who was totally not paying attention (you know, to the LARGE PIECE OF MACHINERY he was in control of) just charged through the stop sign, not even pausing at the crosswalk, and I was so mad that I actually walked around to the driver's side window and shouted things like "You have a STOP SIGN!" and "I have a BABY!", which probably made me look a little crazy, what with all the gesticulating and all, but seriously, WHAT IN THE HELL. Do you see a large red sign that says STOP? You should stop! Do you see a pedestrian? Do not drive into the pedestrian! Is this something they are not teaching in Driver's Ed anymore or something? 

Hmm, this entire blog post makes it sound like I have a lot of brawls in parking lots, which I assure you I do not—well, not normally—but I guess maybe there is just something in these postpartum hormones that is making me particularly feisty or something, because I sure seem to have had a few lately. Is it better or worse than the fact that my hair—already fairly thin, thank you, talk about adding insult to injury—has been falling out in handfuls ever since I gave birth? Did you know that would happen? I did not know that would happen. Ah, the magical glow of new motherhood. Such a special time. 

Nov 18, 2013

Kinda with you on not saving parking spots. And people not paying attention while driving. Rude.

I think I had heard something about my hair falling out after giving birth, but was nevertheless shocked by the hairball the size of a small animal that formed in the shower drain every day. Pretty shocking. I have a lot of hair but honestly worried that I couldn't afford to lose that much!

Nov 19, 2013

Holly, you are one of my absolute favourite bloggers and I am so glad you are still writing here. One of the things I love about you is that you're not filling your site up with sponsored stuff and deliberately styled images; instead just thoughtful, well written, funny posts which I always enjoy reading.

By the way, have you seen this from another of my favourite bloggers? http://asafemooring.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/blog-love-american-tales.html

Nov 19, 2013

We have slightly wider than normal pram parking next to the disabled parking slots at my local mall and there's nothing funnier than mums trying to defend those parks from non-prammers. Hilarious. One blocked off the spot with her own car as she was exiting and demanded to see my baby as proof that I could park there.

Nov 19, 2013

Absolutely you should have less patience for ridiculous behavior. You're sleep deprived and dealing nonstop with an irrational little being that doesn't understand that sleep is the best thing ever.

Also standing in a parking space to save it for someone is just stupid and rude.

And the hair falling out is completely normal. It's like all that hair that you didn't lose during the pregnancy decides to drop all at once.

(I still miss my pregnancy hair - it was so thick!)

Nov 19, 2013

I also wanted to say that I'm glad that you're blogging. I was late to start a blog and am a bit overwhelmed by the whole 'brand' thing, and the need to have followers on random websites and sponsors and whatnot.

I just like to hear people's stories, and to share my own. I want the community, not the product.

Nov 19, 2013

I have never heard of someone saving a parking spot. Definitely not OK.

Also, you are experiencing the new mama condition of "Mama T-Rex," and it never goes away. You learn to live with it.... Most of the time. Those other times when it is less manageable are just crazy times, and there isn't much to be done : )

Nov 19, 2013

Oh yes.. your hair falls out.. and if you're breast feeding you will soon become stinky and need clinical strength deodorant or you will smell horrifying.

Motherhood.. it's fabulous. ;)

Nov 19, 2013

I saw someone saving a spot like that last week and I was so surprised. How can that be ok? On the other hand, I feel no qualms about saving seats at a crowded bar. Is that the same thing?

My daughter is 17 months, and I have a love/hate relationship with Weissbluth. I badly--badly!--want to hire him an editor, and he sometimes makes me stabby with the tone: "all babies do X, for sure". But really my biggest takeaway is that sleep is mostly out of our control. All the studies about the neonates with their constantly full tummies... and they still wake up. It just takes time.

Nov 19, 2013

I have seen the human-as-parking-cone before and I will admit to having done it at least once. In my defense it was Christmas eve, I was 15, saving a spot for my dad, and the parking spot was waaaaaay in the back.

But being of sound body and no baby, I make a habit of parking in the back all the time because the closer you get to the front, the more it turns into a demolition derby. A demolition derby with small children running around willy nilly behind your car.

Nov 19, 2013

Yeahhh the "saving" a parking space thing is decidedly NOT ok. Apparently it's a thing in Pittsburgh to put a lawn chair or a saw horse or some other inanimate object in a parallel parking spot on the street to "save" it for yourself for some undetermined future time that you may need it. I'll be driving down the street and see a spot right in front of my building--pretty much akin to finding a unicorn--and then when I get closer I'll notice a sad plastic chair sitting in the middle of it. And then I'll get out of my car, move said lawn chair to the sidewalk, and park in the spot, because reserving a spot with a chair is just ludicrous. Almost as ludicrous as saving one with your body. People are nuts.

Nov 19, 2013

I have only seen the parking lot save during those crazy weeks between November's fourth Thursday and December 25th; totally uncool. And I absolutely pulled into the space whenever I could. A person cannot take the place of a car.
Congratulations on your newfound feistiness. I think everyone should be a bit more feistier.

Nov 19, 2013

Yeah...saving a parking space with your bod, TOTALLY a no! Brawl worthy :)

Stephanie S
Nov 19, 2013

Just wait till it grows back in along your hairline and you have tiny little itty bitty bangs. It's really cute.

And yes, I found myself all the more rage-y after having my son. I think it's normal :)

Nov 19, 2013

I was taking my 6-month old to a well-baby doctor appointment when I got HIT BY A CAR in the HOSPITAL parking lot. Yes, she wasn't going SUPER fast, but fast enough that I couldn't get out of the way. She knocked me down. And I was carrying a BABY! I was really mad. And shaken. So much so that when I called the next day to file the police report, they gave me a hard time for waiting so long to call. What, like I get hit by a car every day? And I have the manual for proper things to do?

In the 3 years since, I've found I'm totally fiesty when it comes to defending my little guy. Big kids at the playground, rude people, I don't care.

Nov 19, 2013

The hair thing is totally normal, and extra fun when it grows back in!

People are the worst, is what I've determined. I got in a for-real yelling match with someone in a Korean bakery parking lot, and my 14 yr old was mortified and APOLOGIZING to the crazy man that stole my parking space. It was pretty mortifying, and she still won't go back.

Spot saving is totally NOT okay. Don't people realize they are NOT CARS?

Nov 19, 2013

I am glad that you parked in the saved spot. She was really saving it for you and just didn't know it.

The hair thing is fine. It will grow back, and it will be kind of funky, but take this as a lesson on what will happen if you pull your gray hairs. I also found that my finger nails were sadly not as strong as when I was pregnant.

Finally, you are now a mama bear. Just like it is dangerous to mess with a baby bear, you don't ever mess with a new baby, because most mothers will lose their shit on the perpetrator and no jury of women will ever convict you for whatever crime you may have to commit.

Nov 19, 2013

Ugh, saving a parking spot is NOT ok. Right after I had my son, we were taking a walk down a quiet street filled with other walkers. One of the homeowners was backing out of his driveway. Since this is an extremely popular street for walkers, I assumed that he was aware that I was crossing his driveway with my three week old baby in the stroller ahead of me. Well he kept backing up, I kind of screamed/stopped walking, which caused him to stop. Then he rolled down his window, apologized, and proceeded to say, "I wouldn't have hit you...just the baby". Which, let me tell you, that is NOT cool say to a hormonal, post partum, baby blues mom! :)

Nov 19, 2013

You can't save a spot for someone. It's like someone cutting in line. I think people have gone off the deep end in parking lots. Partially I believe it is due to those insane parking lot designers that put trees in awkward places and generally didn't seem to consider the flow of traffic. Last night in a parking lot, someone was pulling out from a side lot into the main lot and if I had not been paying attention, she would have t-boned me. I slammed on my brakes (luckily no one was behind me) and the horn and then she looked at me like *I* was the crazy one.

I don't want to make you sad but I lost my hair for about six months after. But it will stop.

Nov 19, 2013

Oh my stars! Your story about the nonstopping SUV reminded me of a similar time for my husband. He was carrying my then slightly over 2 years old stepson in a crosswalk. A lady did almost the same thing as your SUV guy and attempted to make the stop sign stoptional. It was just instinct that he jumped back to get both of them out of the crosswalk, and then he yelled the b word just from the adrenaline rush. (Which, by the way, is very weird for him, as he really doesn't ever cuss, much less say the b word.) Well, he paid for saying it regardless, because right after he said it, my little stepson (in his high, little 2-year-old voice) repeated it! Oops (but yet kinda funny that the bad driver was called out by the 2-year-old she almost ran over).

I agree with you about the saving a spot in the parking lot stuff...it's not ok! Not to mention, it could be stupidly dangerous. When I lived in Chicago, it was a well known thing that, when it snowed, people would shovel out their cars on the streets and then leave something behind (e.g., folding chair) to save their shoveled out spot. But, just recently, I read that some people are starting to put out something to save their street spots throughout the entire year! I think that's crazy. That's part of living in the city, people. Anyway, good for you for slowly getting your car in that spot!

Nov 19, 2013

I LOVE THAT YOU'RE BLOGGING!!! (I love it so much that my expression of it really did have to be in all caps.)

You are totally in the right. People are not traffic cones. That is insane. And I love that you yelled at the SUV driver. He totally deserved that.

When I was pregnant and postpartum I kept "seeing" irrational things in the corners of my vision. Tigers! In my herb garden! In Virginia! It always gave me a start, and then made me laugh... because *really??*, Sleep Deprived Hormonal Brain... do we really need to be concerned about Tigers? Can't we just focus on this ridiculous tiny monster of a human being? My OB laughed, and the Tigers went away when I got more sleep.

So, obviously, you're not crazy.

Nov 19, 2013

Ris in Pittsburgh - that crap happens in Chicago, too! But only during winter after a snow storm. People dig their cars out and then put all sorts of ridiculous objects in the spot - ON THE PUBLIC STREET - to save it. Coolers, chairs, cones, plant pots - anything. I get it, you've just dug your car out from a foot of snow, but it's a public street. You certainly don't get to save that spot for the rest of winter and on into spring. I don't drive much in the city and I have a garage, so I don't feel the pain of street parking, but I find the whole practice ridiculous, so as I walk down the street I haul all that crap up onto the curb to open up the spots. Parking for everyone!

Nov 19, 2013

Parking lots make me so ragey and saving spots is not cool. It's totally cheating.

Nov 19, 2013

One of the more embarassing moments I've had in the last decade was due to my overly-enthusiastic mother in law holding a parking spot for us for a snorkeling trip in Maui. We did not ask her to do this. She just showed up early and decided to hold us a spot. It was a few days after our wedding, so when grumpy people tried to park she flapped and waved yelled at them that she was holding it for her son who just got MARRIED so NEEDED the VERY BEST SPOT ON THE PIER. When we arrived and saw this going on (apparently it had been happening for a good 45 minutes) we were too scared of her to park anywhere else so we sheepishly parked and then proceeded to feel a bit mortified stuck on a boat with all these people whispering about the a*holes who held a parking spot for all that time. So I'm with you. You can't hold a parking spot by standing there. It's a jerk move and a social faux pas.

Nov 19, 2013

Oh, my goodness. Flashbacks! My dad used to make us go stand in parking spots in downtown Chicago during busy times to save them for us. I always wondered what, exactly, we were supposed to do if another car decided to park there. It's bigger than us! Should we just ... get run over, then? But No. No, it's not okay.

Nov 19, 2013

Saving a spot like that is not okay. However, every other year there is a festival in my Grandmother's hometown, a festival called "Cheese Days", where we put lawn chairs in parking spots in front of her house to save parking for the family. Somehow I think that is okay, but not the doing it at the mall with your body!

The hair thing is so unfair, I had the same problem after giving birth. A vitamin E supplement will help, but be careful if you are still taking your prenatal vitamins (which my OBGYN recommended I do as long as I breastfed) that you don't get too much vitamin E, as it's not a water soluble vitamin.

So glad you are blogging again about anything, just love your writing!

Nov 19, 2013

I'm with you on the 'saving spots' who does that? And also how did this unfold? How did she get there before her friend with the car? I don't get it.

I'm pregnant and find I have less patience than normal for ridiculous behavior. Last night on a walk with my husband and dog, two other dogs came charging down the street and started attacking my dog. Two minutes later their owner showed up and didn't even reprimand the dogs?!? What the what! You have to teach them that it's not okay lady! So hysterical, pregnant me asked her, 'What the eff is wrong with you?' That was my opener. Because who doesn't take a hysterical, pregnant curser seriously?

Finally, welcome back!

Baby Robusto
Nov 19, 2013

I just wanted to let you know that after she had her baby, a friend of mine used to leave notes for her husband on the shower wall using the hair that fell out during the shower. Nothing more romantic than finding "I Love You" written in postpartum hair shed!

The amount of hair that fell out of my head postpartum was truly shocking. I ran and got a pixie cut real quick so that at least the amount of hair falling out wouldn't SEEM so voluminous.

Ivy T
Nov 19, 2013

Yes, the hair falling out thing is perfectly normal. I knew that it would happen beforehand, but when it started (when my baby was about 6 months old), it was still shocking as to how much came out.

I'm with you... Saving parking spots is not socially acceptable. My friends and family joke about it a lot, but would never actually do it. "Here, lay down here in this spot, while i go get the car." (sometimes 3 slots closer to the store entrance or sometimes half a parking lot closer)"

Sometimes (just sometimes) I miss that brief period of time when I was able to use the "pregnant momma" parking spots some stores/malls had that were up near the door with the handicapped spots.

Nov 19, 2013

I almost got run over a few weeks ago at a crosswalk with my 3 kids. Someone was looking down at their cell instead of up at the road. I was filled with RAGE. Now I always wait like 5 seconds or so before crossing to make sure people have stopped. And I cross fast.

Glad you are back!

Nov 19, 2013

So glad you are still writing!! I agree...you cannot save parking spots. You cannot. I yell at cars when they go too fast down my road in front of my house and I yell at them when I'm walking the dog. I do not have a baby and I think it is perfectly fine to yell at people...slow the eff down and stop at stop signs. How can we be in such a hurry ALL THE TIME?!

Nov 19, 2013

I joke about saving spots, BUT I WOULD NEVER DO IT. I'm from Wisconsin, land of friendly people, but oh how that makes me rage.

Also, I'm glad you're still blogging. I would miss you. I mean, I comment here or there on twitter/instagram but I love your blog. Even if I'm the creepy friend without a child going "LOOK AT SUGO'S CHEEKS" Helpful, mother comment? No. Snarky drinking buddy? Yes.

Nov 19, 2013

In addition to the falling out of the glorious pregnancy hair, you then also get to deal with the growing back in of said fallen-out hair, which means many short, spiky, sticky-uppy sections of hair that take forever to grow out and make you look awful at a time when there are already so many other things (under-eye bags due to lack of sleep, cheap and ill-fitting clothes due to lack of money and remaining baby weight) conspiring to make you look awful. Whomp whomp.

Nov 19, 2013

Wow--I had no idea saving a parking space was such a faux pas! I must admit, at the risk of being hated and shunned from this community, that once or twice I have hovered near one as my husband went round the block because the jerk behind us was too close to allow us to parallel park. But that's different, right? In my mind, it's different. Forgive me community, for I have sinned...

As for the 'stoptional' (love this! I stole it from a previous comment and plan to keep it) SUV, what. a. jerk. No excuse for that. I'm so glad you yelled at him. Please never stop doing that.

Nov 19, 2013

Saving a spot with your body is not ok. It's dangerous and not very polite. And kudos to you for letting the man know he should have stopped. Much better than hitting a lady with a baby and going to prison!

Also, your hair will keep falling out for much longer than you think is necessary. I finally stopped loosing handfuls in the shower and my baby is over a year.

Nov 19, 2013

I am with you on saving parking spots. They are not for standing in.
Also, I was walking (no I wasn't, I was rollerskating) on the sidewalk in front of the Emeryville Ikea entrance yesterday. I was with a few friends & about to skate the pedestrian pathway on the new bay bridge. Also I was pushing my 2 yr old in a stroller. We stopped at the red light and started to roll again when it turned green. My friends were in front of me, and this lady began to do a U-turn THROUGH the cross-walk without EVER looking to her right, nearly hitting them. I was the crazy one yelling, 'HEY! HEY!,' and she finally paid attention & put on the brakes. Drivers! I don't understand how you can make a turn without looking both ways. But since the babies I no longer care if I look crazy.

Nov 19, 2013

Earlier this summer, I was meeting a friend for a 5k out in the suburbs. Thanks to it being July, our leg of the run was scheduled for some crazy early hour like 8am on a Saturday or something. When I pulled into the nearby Burger King parking lot to park my car, there was a woman standing in front of me "holding" a spot for her friend. The kicker? There was NO ONE ELSE IN THE DAMN PARKING LOT...the parking lot that offered at LEAST 20 spaces for cars.

What the hell is wrong with people? I'm so glad you pulled into that spot at TJ Maxx. Good for you!

Nov 19, 2013

In Chicago, saving spots is totally a thing. Not only in parking lots or downtown but on swanky neighborhood streets. In the dead of winter, when snow is piled past your car's bumper, people will dig out their cars in the morning and leave stuff behind to save their spot. Stuff like old chairs, plastic crates, baby furniture, anything to mark their territory. Everyone pretty much respects this "law" because tires get slashed and windows get broken if you don't!

Nov 19, 2013

No. Not acceptable at all. And if people try it on me I do the same thing you did. I also do things like sit right up next to people on the bus who think they're entitled to two seats, or shoulder bump people who refuse to move over on the sidewalk when I'm already nearly off of it trying to make room for them. I have no children. Just a very strong sense of... Polite justice? I just hate when people do something rude and somehow feel it's my duty to retaliate. Even though all I've given them is a story to tell their friends where I'm the villain. Ah well.

Chris C.
Nov 20, 2013

The saving a parking spot thing is totally not OK. Like other commenters have said, folks in Chicago get really obsessive about this in the winter. A warning to those of you who just ignore those "held" spots: depending on the neighborhood, you may be setting yourself up for bad things. My roommate had his side mirror smashed off his car after taking a "held" spot, and another friend had her car keyed. People can get a teeny, tiny big asshole-ish about what they see as spot stealing! I also had nasty notes put on my car after parking in front of other people's houses in the suburbs, when it wasn't even winter. It's a public street, but somehow people think that they should be the only one to get that special spot in front of their house. Ugh!

Nov 20, 2013

Yeah, I saw someone saving a parking spot just this weekend. Then, I saw a guy pull into even though she told him that she was saving the spot. The funny thing about it, is that there were TWO spots open! The girl standing in the spot tried to point the guy to the open spot, as if she had to have that one. Then the guy who parked in the spot anyways had to ask the girl for help with the parking meter. So at least it ended more amicably than your experience.

Nov 20, 2013

No babies here, but I can sort of relate to the parking spot saving situation. My husbasnd and i live in a gated condo and get one assigned spot but have two cars. Not a problem, we take turns parking in one of the widely available guest spots. BUT there is this neighbor who has three cars and has a problem when two of his cars end up not being parked side by side. The guy runs and moves his cars when one unsuspecting neighbor leaves for even a minute to run a short errand. My husband and I used to laugh about it until he told one of our friends he couldn't park in a GUEST spot because it was for residents only. The nerve!! Needless to say, its now my mission to break his cars up whenever possible.

Nov 20, 2013

The parking spot thing does require some context, and if this lady had politely told you her 93 year old grandmother was coming around the corner, okay, maybe, although, drop grandma off and park the car for her. BUT! I recently had two go-arounds in San Francisco, waiting on spots opening up and having people tell me it was THEIR spot and that I could just move along. Um, no, when people pay $200/month to park, you don't get a saved street space!

Glad you are blogging and love your writing!

Nov 20, 2013

OMG. That is not cool. Not cool at all. It would be like parking a bicycle in the middle of a car parking spot. A motorcycle? Possibly. But a bike? Never.

What makes this story amusing for me is that it reminded me of something that happened last weekend at my son's theater class. It was the last day - performance time! Room was small and they cautioned inviting anyone besides parents and siblings. 30 minutes into the class it was time, they opened the doors and invited the parents in. My husband and I walked all the way around the front row which was filling up and circled back in the second row to try and sit in the middle. Another mom walked straight into the third row, stopped in the middle and dumped her stuff in the middle of the second row. WHAT? EXCUSE ME? Then she had the audacity to tell us to move over because she needed 4 more seats. Oh, hells no!

The weird thing is that I started to feel Midwestern guilt as the show went on, as it was obvious they were pissed that I didn't give them 4 seats for people who hadn't even arrived yet. God, it was awful.

But, just as I hope you get a kick out of my mundane stories, we get a kick out of yours. So yes, we want to hear all of the moronic, seemingly lame challenges you go through. You have attracted people here because how you share the life you live resonates with us. So keep doing what you do. We'll be here to commiserate!

Nov 20, 2013

I love when your blog posts show up in my feedly reader. I'm glad you are not a sponsored/pinned/over-styled blogger (although I am sure you are quite stylish), I come here for your wonderful storytelling style. I have no advice to offer you in the baby or sleeping department, but I will say I am against the parking spot saving shenanigans, and -- based on your recommendation -- finally bought Shell We Dance nail polish by Sally Hansen and I really like it.

Pretzel Thief
Nov 20, 2013

Yeah, the "parking spot saver" can go take a hike. My husband has something of a nervous breakdown every time we have to go to a shopping centre and, subsequently, find a spot - it's the one thing he can't stand and that riles him up, he's otherwise cucumber as in "cool as a", hahah.

As for the psycho driver? BEAT IT, PUNK!! Ugh. You have every right to get pissed off over all that, no doubt.

Also, your writing is the best (always the best - seriously, best blogger ever). That is all.

Nov 21, 2013

It had to be close to 15 years ago, but my dad and I ran into the exact situation precisely one week before Christmas. I think we made our way around the mall's parking garage at least five times when we finally happened upon a spot with a lady standing (arms crossed and legs outstretched in an attempt to fill the space) there. So we waited and waited until she finally relented. It was my one and only stand-off and looking back on it now, it still makes for a great story:)

I'm glad you didn't surrender.

Nov 21, 2013

There was just an etiquette question in Real Simple about this! I say "just," but in reality it might have been in a July issue that I had lost and recently unearthed. In any event, the answer was that it is decidedly NOT ok :)


Nov 21, 2013

Ris, & Lizzie, people in Philadelphia do the same thing after a snowstorm! It's only street parkers and usually in neighborhoods of the city consisting row homes/twins, with the idea being that you dig the space in front of your house out and its yours until the snow melts. It's absolutely ludicrous and the city does nothing about it. Oh, well. One of the many reasons I do not own a car anymore. I've never seen a human parking space holder in a large parking lot, though! That is the epitome of laziness.

However, I am with EDJ in that I would NEVER reserve a spot in a parking lot, I have, once or twice, stood in a street parking space on my block to hold it for my husband arriving home momentarily with groceries or large boxes. I'm sure I'd sheepishly give it up if someone tried to park there, though. ;)

Nov 22, 2013

Okay, here's the difference between you and me. If I was pulling into a parking spot occupied by a car-free individual who was also giving me the finger, I would have:

1. Laid on the horn, nonstop, until this person decided to move.
2. If the person refused to move, I would have left my vehicle half-in the spot, parked, and gone into the store.

Nov 22, 2013

It is NOT okay to hold a parking space by standing in it. That is not a thing.

I totally sympathize and empathize with your being intolerant of crap but be careful. Don't yell at the crazy.

Usually your hair gets thicker while pregnant and then the extra falls out once you have the baby. So it's normal! Dismaying and disappointing, but normal.

Nov 22, 2013

I, too, am glad you're writing when you can. My world would be a little smaller without great blogs like yours.

My hair fell out in an alarming Bill Murray-receding-hairline sort of pattern after each of my pregnancies, which was fun. I mean, I like Bill Murray as much as the next guy, but I never really wanted to look like him.

Nov 23, 2013

I remember when Costco opened up in Vermont. My sister and I drove down and circled the parking many times. The place was packed! Well I finally found a spot and I went to pull in and a woman was there! I backed down immediately (I am not one for confrontation) all the while my sister was out of her mind mad I just didn't plow her down. Thanks for posting this and allowing me to remember this time and have a chuckle.

Nov 24, 2013

Confession: One time I saved a parking spot with my body. We were in England, my husband and I. Visiting. Staying at a hotel with a rental car and just the stress of the driving on the other side of the road, and of course the jet lag (although that is absolutely NOTHING compared to what a new mom deals with) and all that had us kind of crazed to begin with. Anyway. The hotel parking lot was tiny and ALWAYS FULL. And there was no decent alternative parking. But one time there was a spot open. So I stood there while my husband sprinted to the car a few blocks away (parked illegally, awaiting an 80 pound ticket) to bring the car back. No one else came in. So I don't know if that counts. But.....I did do it.

I was struck by something, reading your post. The sheer desperation of new parenthood. It is a desperate feeling. The sight of a stop light turning yellow would turn me into a heinous fury-filled demon. NOOOOO!!!!! don't turn red! I CAN'T STOP! THe whole day will go down the shitter if I stop. The baby will wake up/cry/scream/do something awful/not sleep the rest of the day/make choking sounds for that 90 seconds and I won't recover the rest of the day.

Again, just want to tell you...it gets easier. It does. I felt like when I had a baby, I fell down into a pit (not so much a depression type pit--I was thrilled to have the baby-- just a pit of LIVING IS HARD WORK HOLY SHIT I AM HANGING ON BY A THREAD EVEN THOUGH I LOVE THIS BABY SO MUCH IT HURTS DON'T LET THAT STOPLIGHT TURN RED kind of pit). Anyway. Baby is born, down the pit. Then a slow, crawl up out of pit. But every day I could look back and see I had made progress up. It would get easier each and every day. And one day I realized I was back up top. And it was glorious. I can't even say what age the baby was, because I still think I'm just going up and up. Life just gets better and better. (And the second baby didnt throw me back into that first baby pit.) Hmmm. Wondering if I should have been medicated? Jeez. This sounds worse than it was. I'm just saying each week will get easier, each month will get easier. You're on the way up, baby!!!!

Nov 25, 2013

Totally not Ok with the spot-saving here. And your moral outrage incident with the SUV guy? ENTIRELY justified!

You go, Mama Bear!

Nov 26, 2013

The hair falling out thing...yes and it sucks.

I have also been annoyed and angry with people for their lack of awareness lately. And I don't have new baby hormones to blame. People who can't share a sidewalk, park correctly in a parking spot, practically kick my husbands crutch out from under him trying to squeeze by...I have the rage. Saving a spot with your body is not cool.

Nov 27, 2013

Hi Holly, I meant to comment before when you posted about not sharing photos of little Hugo. I think you're so right. So many of us these days, are putting too much of our lives online, that I feel soon there will be no privacy left. I visit facebook and other blogs on a regular basis, but I always have the nagging feeling that I have given up a part of my private life. We are the pioneers of this new 24/7 technological age and who knows where it will lead? Anyway as always, I just wanted to wish you and your family all the very best. I'm sure little Hugo will have a wonderful life, filled with love and adventure with his lovely family. All the best, Ruth.

Nov 30, 2013

Your hair will stop falling out and the thin sections will grow back, likely even thicker than before you were pregnant. You will not be a bald lady. Though, I am still dealing with little baby bangs that grew in. If I were more fashionable, i could make them look like Audrey Hepburn's post-icecream haircut in Roman Holiday, or even Katie Holmes' wedding do, but they just look like strange middle school transitional bangs.

Dec 04, 2013

LOL and LOL! We Mom's are creating all the people, so we have to get our drill sargent on sometimes to keep these kids alive.
You had me at "the rectangle where cars go". So needed a little slice of real today.

Dec 31, 2013

Thanks for the fun read... I've wondered around on your blog for a bit now... stumbled upon it through a pin about the 60 letters for your dad.

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