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Hope you are doing okay!

Real low stakes question from me today. After too long a time of trying, husband and I are finally pregnant and husband, adorable creature that he is, is doing his all to be supportive. I have never had so many back rubs.

Part of this support is insisting that he do anything physical so I don’t have to. This includes but is not limited to carrying the shopping, pushing the trolley at Ikea, lifting heavy things, standing on the step to reach the high cupboards, fetching my water/vitamins/snacks etc.

I am mostly fine with all this, especially because one of the symptoms has been slight dizziness (I’d rather not risk falling from anywhere). I also know that husband needs to feel involved particularly after feeling helpless during our struggles with infertility.

But, I am an independent woman, and while I know that I am cool with this now and think its kind of cute, I also know that my temper is not all that kind when I am physically uncomfortable and actually I am pretty sure that something will irritate me to the point of emotional explosion when I am in the latter stages of growing a human and actually physically cannot do certain things anymore. Especially if he is heading into over-protective territory now.

I don’t know how to say “back off, I can still carry the groceries” in a way that wont hurt his feelings when he really needs to feel involved and helpful – after all its pretty much up to me and (mostly at this stage) the collection of cells in my uterus as to whether or not it continues growing and turns into a screaming, pooping bundle-of-joy.

Any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks a bunch,

My Eggo is Preggo (she/her)

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Edit: We’ve moved to fourth floor blue side

 

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 27th October, 12pm onwards.

Colouring in!  Please bring pens, pencils, copyright-free images, or just come and chat with us.

The venue sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The food market outside can serve most needs, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Green Bar.

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I have shoulder length brown hair and glasses, and I will bring my plush Cthuhlu, which looks like this: 

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets. Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

I have some health issues at the moment and may not be able to stay for the entire meetup, but I have some deputies on standby!

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(November meetup will be on the 17th.)

TWELVE. TWELVE. My friends! I am delighted, in this spoopiest of months, to celebrate one year of meetups!

When: SUNDAY, October 28th, 2018, 10 am

Where: Harvard Art Museum Cafe

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

(Note: Unless people would like to organize a different meetup sans me, Sunday morning at the Harvard Art Museum is probably going to be a recurring theme for a while.)

The closest T stop is Harvard, on the red line. The museum is about a ten-minute walk across the Harvard yard from the station.

Venue: The cafe is located in the atrium of the art museum. You do not have to pay the entrance fee to sit in the cafe area. The cafe has a small selection of pastries and other snacks, but if you have specific dietary requirements you may need to bring your own food. The building is accessible via a ramp on Prescott Street.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting and/or a painting project. This time I will try to have copies of my coloring sheets!

What to bring: Crayons, paints, coloring sheets, a puzzle, unquiet rage, investigative questions about the art of perfumery.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 29th September, 12pm onwards.

Bad book swap!  Please bring any book which you don’t want, for any reason (wrong colour for your decor, too many unicorns, etc.) and take away books other people don’t want.

The venue sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The food market outside can serve most needs, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Green Bar.

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I have shoulder length brown hair and glasses, and I will bring my plush Cthuhlu, which looks like this: 

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets. Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(October meetup will be on the 27th.)

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 1st September, 12pm onwards.

Crafting!  Feel free to bring any craft which won’t damage the venue, and bring stash/needles/etc for others to learn on if you can.  I can teach knitting to intermediate.  Or just come and chat with us.

The venue sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The food market outside can serve most needs, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Green Bar.

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I have shoulder length brown hair and glasses, and I will bring my plush Cthuhlu, which looks like this: 

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets. Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(September meetup proper will be on the 29th.)

Hey friends! My apologies for organizing this, our TENTH MEETUP, at the last minute, but life has been somewhat hectic for me!

When: Saturday, August 11th, 2018, 1 pm

Where: Boston Public Library Newsfeed Cafe, 700 Boylston Street, Boston

The closest T stop is Copley, on the green line. The library is directly outside the exit.

Venue: The cafe is in the newer Johnson building (the entrance that faces Boylston Street). The Johnson building entrance is accessible. There are some vegetarian sandwich options, but no vegan ones which I recall.

How to find us: I will claim a table and set up a paper sign. I will have my knitting and/or a painting project. I still have no coloring sheets! Please bring your own coloring sheets if you desire coloring sheets! Also crayons! See below.

What to bring: Crayons, paints, coloring sheets, a puzzle, the philosophy of porcupines, meta-analysis of films featuring trombones.

If you need more information, you can inquire on the “Boston” thread at FOCA.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 21st July, 12pm onwards.

Colouring in!  Please bring paper, pens, pencils, and copyright free images, or just come and chat with us.

The venue sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The food market outside can serve most needs, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Green Bar (go up in lift 1, sadly not as musical as lift 7).

Here is the accessibility map of the Royal Festival Hall: PDF map

I have shoulder length brown hair and glasses, and I will bring my plush Cthuhlu, which looks like this: 

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets. Waterloo tube station has step free access on the Jubilee line but not on the Northern line.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/. There is also a thread in the forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(Due to scheduling issues – trying to avoid the bank holiday, Nine Worlds, and a family thing – the August meetup will be a September meetup, on September 1st!  There will also be a Nine Worlds meetup in August for anyone who’s there, as per last year.  I will try to do a late Sept meetup as well if I can so we don’t miss out.)