If you saw me on the bus, would you give me your seat?

I just spent 30 minutes giving a young blonde girl the evil eye on the subway. Because there I was, big as a house, standing in the doorway holding on to a pole for dear life, and she has the nerve to sit there staring at me. Not even bothering to pretend she couldn’t see my pregnantness like all the rest of the fuckers on the train.

Didn’t her mama teach her?!

I used to think that giving up one’s seat on the subway for a pregnant woman was just a polite thing to do. Her back probably hurts or something, right? But now I understand.

Now I reaaaaallly understand.

It’s so much more than that.

First of all, the pregnant lady might fall over. Her belly weighs THAT much. Public transit isn’t kind at the best times but add the weight of a baby to those jerks and swerves and you’re pretty much at the mercy of wherever that train is headed.

Second, the pregnant lady probably hasn’t been able to wear comfy shoes or clothing for weeks. NOTHING is comfy. There’s just no such thing as comfy anymore. Her Fred Flinstone feet barely even fit into those UGGS that are twice her usual size. And yes, they hurt. Especially after having to stand still for long periods. So give her that tiny bit of comfort. It’s all she’s got.

Third, she’s not in the mood to be gaped and stared at. Seven people at her office have already made “ready to pop” jokes today and they make her feel a bit on the circusy side. Get her out of the spotlight.

Fourth, yes her back hurts. Or if it doesn’t, by the end of this ride it will. If not her back then her hips, or her stretched belly or compressed lungs or seven other things that take turns hurting. Sitting will at least temporarily help ease one of those.

Fifth, she feels shitty overall. The glow has melted into lard and her formerly svelte face has gone balloony. She’s got a layer over her ankles that trumps grandmas cankles, and when someone is nice it really makes a big impact. It might just make her day.

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How to make an Origami Mobile

I started this quest with an interest in making an origami mobile for my baby’s room, but with lots of searching and some careful thought, I’ve been swayed more toward the butterfly mobile. Although origami mobiles (as pictured) are exotic looking, they seem like they would be very labor intensive with a short lifespan…

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butterfly mobile, origami mobile, how to make a mobile, mobile, nursery, origami, pinterest, best

The one pictured above is a mix of shapes and animals, from fish to cranes to pointy balls, and it was the first to inspire me. But it’s not so much a DIYMPLE (DIY Mamma Project that Looks Easy) as a… PRIC (Project that’s really complicated?). In any case, I would use YouTube for a head start on the animals (crane video here, fish video instructions here) and then string them together just like the mobiles below, with fishing wire and sewing circles. If you have an ambitious and talented group, this is also a great baby shower activity! At least then you can source some help on all that Orgami.

When I discovered the “punchout” I shifted gears and really fell in love with this butterfly version:

Paper Butterfly Mobile
Paper Butterfly Mobile

More pictures and instructions available¬†on the original blog it’s from here.

The butterfly punchout is available at giant art stores (Michael’s in Canada) or on Amazon here. I found the size a bit smaller than I would have liked but that just means…. more butterflies! You can also get the non-monarch butterfly which has no holes and would look more like this (below):

Butterfly Mobile

Butterfly Mobile

Full tutorial for this one is available here (by its creator Carina Gardner)

I haven’t made mine yet but I will be sure to post my pics and tips once complete!