Could it be?

Today was our sixth open house.

Manhattan, being too cool to do anything the regular way, does not participate in the MLS for real estate. How, you are wondering, do people know about your apartment, then? Well, mostly they don’t. Brokers fight and compete just like gangs. Very few co-broke, which mean you only ever see the apartments your broker’s office listed. It’s crazy. So. You have a lot of open houses, which your broker will list in the New York Times.

Today was the first time we got a serious nibble. A couple came back for a second look. They stayed for 45 minutes. They asked a lot of questions. Our broker is calling them back tomorrow with answers. She said, “This is very positive.”

Oh please oh please oh please let them make an offer, and a good one.

The timing would be perfect, since we’re spending all of the week of the 9th in Knoxville. I’m going to work with my new team face-to-face and I’m taking along Damon and Alden. I can’t be separated from Alden yet. Breast milk still makes up 90-100% of what he eats in the day. And, frankly, I’m just not willing to be away from him overnight yet — not even for one night. Right now my only plan is that I’ll stop pumping at work (which I loathe) when he’s a year old. Other than that I’ll let nature take its course.

It’s a terrible choice to have to make, actually. I’m 37. It took me a year and a half to get pregnant with Alden. By breastfeeding for so long I’m using up a great deal of the very slim chance I would ever have to get pregnant again. Ultimately we decided that nursing him is the only sure thing, so that’s what we’re going to do. It would break my heart if I weaned him to get pregnant and it didn’t even work. We’re still holding out for our adoption to come through. But the China program has slowed so dramatically that (in my opinion) we can’t count on that happening. So Alden may be an only child.

I didn’t actually mean to go down that road. Just following my nose…

Anyway, to celebrate our potential offer, I made a dinner that is far too salty.

See if you stop staring at this hilarious picture. I cannot.

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66 responses to this post.

  1. That kid made me laugh out loud! Bring him to me.

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  2. That kid made me laugh out loud! Bring him to me.

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  3. That kid made me laugh out loud! Bring him to me.

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  4. That kid made me laugh out loud! Bring him to me.

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  5. That kid made me laugh out loud! Bring him to me.

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  6. That kid made me laugh out loud! Bring him to me.

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  7. Judging from the picture, he’s certainly eating well. You fattening him up for supper?
    This picture makes me giggle. And now my dog’s looking at me funny. Well, funnier.

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  8. Judging from the picture, he’s certainly eating well. You fattening him up for supper?
    This picture makes me giggle. And now my dog’s looking at me funny. Well, funnier.

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  9. Judging from the picture, he’s certainly eating well. You fattening him up for supper?
    This picture makes me giggle. And now my dog’s looking at me funny. Well, funnier.

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  10. Judging from the picture, he’s certainly eating well. You fattening him up for supper?
    This picture makes me giggle. And now my dog’s looking at me funny. Well, funnier.

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  11. Judging from the picture, he’s certainly eating well. You fattening him up for supper?
    This picture makes me giggle. And now my dog’s looking at me funny. Well, funnier.

    Reply

  12. Judging from the picture, he’s certainly eating well. You fattening him up for supper?
    This picture makes me giggle. And now my dog’s looking at me funny. Well, funnier.

    Reply

  13. He is just SO CUTE.
    Typically your fertility will return when he night-weans, or even gets down to one nursing a night. The problem then is that milk often (but by no means always) dries up during the latter half of pregnancy. On the upside, when your fertility does return, you are usually substantially more fertile than you were pre-pregnancy. That’s why so many people who had trouble getting pregnant once don’t have the same trouble the second time if the pregnancies are within two years of each other.
    I don’t know how it is all going to work out, but it is all going to work out.

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  14. He is just SO CUTE.
    Typically your fertility will return when he night-weans, or even gets down to one nursing a night. The problem then is that milk often (but by no means always) dries up during the latter half of pregnancy. On the upside, when your fertility does return, you are usually substantially more fertile than you were pre-pregnancy. That’s why so many people who had trouble getting pregnant once don’t have the same trouble the second time if the pregnancies are within two years of each other.
    I don’t know how it is all going to work out, but it is all going to work out.

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    • Thank you and thank you.
      I know Alden will night wean himself at some point soon-ish. He had already reached a point where he didn’t wake up at all a few times a week. Then last week he freaked out and wanted to nurse all night every night for a few days. Now he’s back to his old standard 3am and 6am. (He sleeps 11-9, or so). I’m curious to see what will happen next.
      I just keep reminding myself that I already won the baby lottery and if that’s all we get, it’s plenty more than enough. Still, I’d be pretty excited to find myself knocked up again. I can’t even believe I’m typing that.
      I would love to get Alden and Ezra together. Ezzie… older, sleek, sophisticated, brilliant. Alden… naive, blobbular, cheerful, eager.

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      • Ezra’s not that sleek. Or sophisticated. He’s brilliant and handsome and clever and cute as a bug’s heiney and sharp as a tack, though. He’s a joiner. You’ll love him.

      • Ezra’s not that sleek. Or sophisticated. He’s brilliant and handsome and clever and cute as a bug’s heiney and sharp as a tack, though. He’s a joiner. You’ll love him.

      • Ezra’s not that sleek. Or sophisticated. He’s brilliant and handsome and clever and cute as a bug’s heiney and sharp as a tack, though. He’s a joiner. You’ll love him.

      • Ezra’s not that sleek. Or sophisticated. He’s brilliant and handsome and clever and cute as a bug’s heiney and sharp as a tack, though. He’s a joiner. You’ll love him.

      • Ezra’s not that sleek. Or sophisticated. He’s brilliant and handsome and clever and cute as a bug’s heiney and sharp as a tack, though. He’s a joiner. You’ll love him.

    • Thank you and thank you.
      I know Alden will night wean himself at some point soon-ish. He had already reached a point where he didn’t wake up at all a few times a week. Then last week he freaked out and wanted to nurse all night every night for a few days. Now he’s back to his old standard 3am and 6am. (He sleeps 11-9, or so). I’m curious to see what will happen next.
      I just keep reminding myself that I already won the baby lottery and if that’s all we get, it’s plenty more than enough. Still, I’d be pretty excited to find myself knocked up again. I can’t even believe I’m typing that.
      I would love to get Alden and Ezra together. Ezzie… older, sleek, sophisticated, brilliant. Alden… naive, blobbular, cheerful, eager.

      Reply

    • Thank you and thank you.
      I know Alden will night wean himself at some point soon-ish. He had already reached a point where he didn’t wake up at all a few times a week. Then last week he freaked out and wanted to nurse all night every night for a few days. Now he’s back to his old standard 3am and 6am. (He sleeps 11-9, or so). I’m curious to see what will happen next.
      I just keep reminding myself that I already won the baby lottery and if that’s all we get, it’s plenty more than enough. Still, I’d be pretty excited to find myself knocked up again. I can’t even believe I’m typing that.
      I would love to get Alden and Ezra together. Ezzie… older, sleek, sophisticated, brilliant. Alden… naive, blobbular, cheerful, eager.

      Reply

    • Thank you and thank you.
      I know Alden will night wean himself at some point soon-ish. He had already reached a point where he didn’t wake up at all a few times a week. Then last week he freaked out and wanted to nurse all night every night for a few days. Now he’s back to his old standard 3am and 6am. (He sleeps 11-9, or so). I’m curious to see what will happen next.
      I just keep reminding myself that I already won the baby lottery and if that’s all we get, it’s plenty more than enough. Still, I’d be pretty excited to find myself knocked up again. I can’t even believe I’m typing that.
      I would love to get Alden and Ezra together. Ezzie… older, sleek, sophisticated, brilliant. Alden… naive, blobbular, cheerful, eager.

      Reply

    • Thank you and thank you.
      I know Alden will night wean himself at some point soon-ish. He had already reached a point where he didn’t wake up at all a few times a week. Then last week he freaked out and wanted to nurse all night every night for a few days. Now he’s back to his old standard 3am and 6am. (He sleeps 11-9, or so). I’m curious to see what will happen next.
      I just keep reminding myself that I already won the baby lottery and if that’s all we get, it’s plenty more than enough. Still, I’d be pretty excited to find myself knocked up again. I can’t even believe I’m typing that.
      I would love to get Alden and Ezra together. Ezzie… older, sleek, sophisticated, brilliant. Alden… naive, blobbular, cheerful, eager.

      Reply

  15. He is just SO CUTE.
    Typically your fertility will return when he night-weans, or even gets down to one nursing a night. The problem then is that milk often (but by no means always) dries up during the latter half of pregnancy. On the upside, when your fertility does return, you are usually substantially more fertile than you were pre-pregnancy. That’s why so many people who had trouble getting pregnant once don’t have the same trouble the second time if the pregnancies are within two years of each other.
    I don’t know how it is all going to work out, but it is all going to work out.

    Reply

  16. He is just SO CUTE.
    Typically your fertility will return when he night-weans, or even gets down to one nursing a night. The problem then is that milk often (but by no means always) dries up during the latter half of pregnancy. On the upside, when your fertility does return, you are usually substantially more fertile than you were pre-pregnancy. That’s why so many people who had trouble getting pregnant once don’t have the same trouble the second time if the pregnancies are within two years of each other.
    I don’t know how it is all going to work out, but it is all going to work out.

    Reply

  17. He is just SO CUTE.
    Typically your fertility will return when he night-weans, or even gets down to one nursing a night. The problem then is that milk often (but by no means always) dries up during the latter half of pregnancy. On the upside, when your fertility does return, you are usually substantially more fertile than you were pre-pregnancy. That’s why so many people who had trouble getting pregnant once don’t have the same trouble the second time if the pregnancies are within two years of each other.
    I don’t know how it is all going to work out, but it is all going to work out.

    Reply

  18. He is just SO CUTE.
    Typically your fertility will return when he night-weans, or even gets down to one nursing a night. The problem then is that milk often (but by no means always) dries up during the latter half of pregnancy. On the upside, when your fertility does return, you are usually substantially more fertile than you were pre-pregnancy. That’s why so many people who had trouble getting pregnant once don’t have the same trouble the second time if the pregnancies are within two years of each other.
    I don’t know how it is all going to work out, but it is all going to work out.

    Reply

  19. Hahahahahaha.
    That kid is funny.

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  20. Hahahahahaha.
    That kid is funny.

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  21. Hahahahahaha.
    That kid is funny.

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  22. Hahahahahaha.
    That kid is funny.

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  23. Hahahahahaha.
    That kid is funny.

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  24. Hahahahahaha.
    That kid is funny.

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  25. good luck with the apartment, that must be incredibly nerve-wracking. and yes, that’s the best photo ever.

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  26. good luck with the apartment, that must be incredibly nerve-wracking. and yes, that’s the best photo ever.

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  27. good luck with the apartment, that must be incredibly nerve-wracking. and yes, that’s the best photo ever.

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  28. good luck with the apartment, that must be incredibly nerve-wracking. and yes, that’s the best photo ever.

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  29. good luck with the apartment, that must be incredibly nerve-wracking. and yes, that’s the best photo ever.

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  30. good luck with the apartment, that must be incredibly nerve-wracking. and yes, that’s the best photo ever.

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  31. I am packing him in bubble wrap right now!

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  32. His wrists are fat! How could anyone not laugh?

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  33. Thank you and thank you.
    I know Alden will night wean himself at some point soon-ish. He had already reached a point where he didn’t wake up at all a few times a week. Then last week he freaked out and wanted to nurse all night every night for a few days. Now he’s back to his old standard 3am and 6am. (He sleeps 11-9, or so). I’m curious to see what will happen next.
    I just keep reminding myself that I already won the baby lottery and if that’s all we get, it’s plenty more than enough. Still, I’d be pretty excited to find myself knocked up again. I can’t even believe I’m typing that.
    I would love to get Alden and Ezra together. Ezzie… older, sleek, sophisticated, brilliant. Alden… naive, blobbular, cheerful, eager.

    Reply

  34. Thank you and thank you!

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  35. He is! And I know you know from funny kids.

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  36. Ezra’s not that sleek. Or sophisticated. He’s brilliant and handsome and clever and cute as a bug’s heiney and sharp as a tack, though. He’s a joiner. You’ll love him.

    Reply

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