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Little Bites 5

I have to admit that I avoided this show based on the title: Pregnant in Heels.  I imagined a cute little thing with an enormous belly bump running to her fantabulous job and moaning about how she couldn’t have a cosmo. (Why yes, I do judge books by their cover as well!)  So I was a little surprised when I read this about the first episode.

Now that Pregnant in Heels has premiered on Bravo, it is now known that I am not in fact a fertile Myrtle, despite having a career built on all things conception and baby-related! … I decided that the part of my personal life I was willing to put on TV was perhaps as intimate as one can get – the story of my fertility or, I should say, lack thereof!  I am sure I am going to take some heat (again with the silly sayings) for this but let me explain my decision:   I think fertility issues are an incredibly tough thing to talk about, especially when you’re in the thick of it, yet so many people experience it at some level or know people that have.

Obviously go read the whole blog post about the show.

It reminded me once again how we never know the story below the surface.  That she could have been a cute little thing running around with that belly bump, but that outside view doesn’t tell me anything about what happened to get to that moment.  Just as we don’t know the story of any random person we pass on the street.

So Pregnant in Heels wasn’t a cute-y cute television show about the best way to dye icing pink for mini baby shower cupcakes (okay, maybe it had a little of that).  Instead, the host reveals fertility treatments — warts and all — and I’m the one who missed out due to my small-mindedness.


I recently found out that there is a member of the ALI community in this video by Nada Surf.  She comes in around minute 1:07.  Let’s play a little game called “Guess That Blogger.”



So who do you think it is?

A. Calliope from Creating Motherhood

B. Serenity from Serenity Now

C. Julie from A Little Pregnant

D. Allison from Our Own Creation


I pulled a muscle in (under?) my boob this week.  I wanted the Wolvog to try the fireman’s pole at the park.  He asked me to do it first to show him.  I said yes and started climbing, trying not to think about how much I didn’t want to go down the fireman’s pole.  I got to the top of the jungle gym, wrapped my legs around the pole, and started lowering myself.  A few feet from the ground, I felt something pull in my chest.  I dropped down, clutching my breast and mouthing across the park to Josh, “I pulled a muscle in my boob!” while trying not to look like a perv, holding my chest in the middle of the playground.  The hazards of park play.

Please, I still can’t even talk about the time I tried to do a penny drop to entertain my niece, pretty much stuck the landing but ended up so dizzy from flipping upside down that I had to lie down on the ground to keep myself from vomiting.

I’m too old.


1 Jjiraffe { 04.14.11 at 11:09 am }

I love that song! How I Met Your Mother featured it in one of their earlier episodes, I shazzamed it and now it’s in my music library.

I’m guessing it’s Calliope. That’s really cool.

2 Dora { 04.14.11 at 11:14 am }

WOW! Cali looks so awesome in the vid!

Ouch on the pulled muscle. I pulled one on my side, around bra level, a few months ago. My chiro said there’s lots of little muscles in the ribcage, and they hurt like hell when you pull one.

3 manymanymoons3433 { 04.14.11 at 11:25 am }

I just cracked up at your boob grabbing story. Hope it feels better soon. 🙂

4 serenity { 04.14.11 at 11:35 am }

If it helps, I was scratching my VERY ITCHY boob one day when my boss walked into my office.

I mean, I didn’t have my hand down my bra or anything. But yeah. Scratching my boob. Was pretty happy he didn’t say anything about it. 🙂


5 BigP's Heather { 04.14.11 at 12:04 pm }

Um, what is a penny drop?

NO idea what blogger that is…I’m gonna say A.

6 Julie { 04.14.11 at 12:29 pm }

Ha, funny you should mention me, because, you know, small world. Well, OLD world: I used to go see Nada Surf at the Knitting Factory when I lived in New York in the ’90s. And painfully tenuous namedroppy world: Their first record was on a label run by a friend of mine.

7 Kristi { 04.14.11 at 12:33 pm }

I am so glad I read the whole post. Good stuff Mel good stuff I hope your boob is better soon.

8 Kymberli { 04.14.11 at 12:48 pm }

That is 100% completely Calliope.

I watched the premiere of Pregnant in Heels and was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t expecting the winds of infertility to blow through the episode, but I am glad that it did. Certainly not because of the trials that she has to go through in effort to have another child, but because infertility – the raw, cold truth of how it can pop up in life when and where you least expect it – is emerging more and more to the forefront of what is considered “normal” viewing. It helps show just how infertility is more people’s normals than the average fertile might think.

9 HereWeGoAJen { 04.14.11 at 1:18 pm }

That’s MY Calliope!

Perhaps I will have to check out that show.

10 meghan { 04.14.11 at 2:58 pm }

I laughed out loud at the picture of you sneaking off a playground clutching you boob. Hope it heals fast

11 Elizabeth { 04.14.11 at 3:06 pm }

I would have guessed Julie but everybody is saying Calliope so I guess I’ll go with the majority on this one 🙂

It was interesting to read the comments on the pregnant in heels blog; only a few were negative, most were very positive.

12 Shelli { 04.14.11 at 3:52 pm }

Holy Calliope! Cali, were you holding out on us? How did I not know this before today??

Mel, I skipped that show too. I totally thought it was going to be all about rubbing fertility in my face. Didn’t even know the premise (and wouldn’t have bothered to look) until someone clued me in.

13 sparklythings { 04.14.11 at 9:14 pm }

i watched “pregnant in heels” too – and was SHOCKED to hear her say that she is infertile and to see her tears. of course, i kept looking at dh and the TV saying – YES, EXACTLY THAT IS EXACTLY TRUE!! and then i turned to dh and said – i could never do what she does! dealing with those WOMEN!

but you are right – there is no way for me to know what “those women” had to do to get where they are now, just like you didn’t know or expect the show to be what it is. just like anyone looking at my big ol’ belly right now would probably not guess the heartache that got me here. but it is hard to get past that feeling – even now – that everyone ELSE got pregnant easily and without massive medical intervention.


14 It Is What It Is { 04.14.11 at 10:33 pm }

I skipped the show only because the promos made it look insipid and vacuous (which I don’t think makes me small minded at all). And, even though it is revealing of her infertility, I’m still not sure I like it.

15 a { 04.14.11 at 11:18 pm }

I didn’t see the show, because I have no idea what is on TV. I know a few shows and when they’re on, but I don’t follow pop culture much, so I’m always very late to the party for new things. And I almost never end up on Bravo.

I would really love to know how Cali ended up in that video! Must have been from her LA days. She looks so pretty! And yet very 50s housewife…

Sorry about the pulled boob (*snicker*). Sounds painful, especially since it would be so unexpected. I think I’ve done something like that before. But I would also like to know what a penny drop is.

16 St. Elsewhere { 04.15.11 at 2:19 am }

Calliope! Calliope! Calliope!

Say it now…say I win the contest and you are sending me 100,000 USD?

Uh…what contest, you ask? Never mind.

17 Mel { 04.15.11 at 8:45 am }

A penny drop is one of those dumb ass moves you do on the playground that makes me wonder how any of us made it into adulthood. Essentially, you hang from the bar by your knees and either you get enough momentum going swinging back and forth upside down that you can flip yourself off or I learned how to do it at first by having a friend hold my hands, give me three good swings, and then essentially yank me off into a flip.

And yes, like the dumb ass I am, I still attempt to do these childhood playground tricks at the park, always to deep regrets. Such as the pulled boob. Which has healed.

18 Calliope { 04.15.11 at 10:11 am }

And I slept with every single one of them.


(am I?)


(ok. I am. I’m so damn dull. I bet Julie would have bagged them all, the minx)

19 Dana { 04.16.11 at 1:41 pm }

This reminds me: a few weeks ago, I hung upside down from the monkey bars and forgot I had a giant hole in the seat of my pants. I mooned a father standing just inches from my ass and a host of other parents too. You and I could do a killer show at the park!

20 bumpyjourney { 04.19.11 at 12:34 am }

OOOOOOOOHHH! I have never heard of them and I love that song. Calliope is my vote…

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