B. activated my boobs.
He’s working from home this week, which is the best thing ever. We each have a nook with our desks and computers and talismans and pen arrangements, and most mornings we settle into our respective projects and don’t speak for a few hours but I love hearing him stirring. Also, he plays music when he works and I don’t but the volume is the exact right amount of muted to hold the silence of the house at bay. Sometimes when I’m working from home the world becomes scarily silent and I feel very alone; as if I am a forgotten speck as everyone wheels around me doing their thing. My mother calls it “existential angst.” Other times, she calls it “the fundamental loneliness of being human.” There was this book that always seemed to be on a table somewhere in our apartments called, No Man is an Island, but somehow I always read it, and remembered it as, Man is an Island. But B. is home, and so I don’t have to question my existence or my place in the universe. i can just type and wander up to his desk to steal sips of his sweet and oh-so caffeinated coffee.
Him being home also means that my midday reward has been much more rewarding.
I finally got that rug for the babe’s room. It is smallish, ivory wool, soft, and we put a nice felt pad under it for cushioning. For the babe. It was a sunny afternoon but miraculously I was in no rush to get outside and when I closed my computer I went and stood over B.’s chair smiling.
“Lunch?” He asked.
“Sure,” I said. Smiling.
“Hold on a sec,” he said, and then met me on the rug.
After, we were laying about in the radiant room (literally-the ceiling is a deep yellow, and in the afternoons it glows) when he went into my boobs once more, only to come up with a surprised smile.
“What?” I asked.
He just looked at me; grinning, eyebrows raised. I was slow to get it.
“No! No way.”
“I tasted something sweet.”
“No you did not.”
“Ummm. I did.”
I stared at my nipple, and then, using both hands, gave it a slow squeeze and, sure enough, two drops appeared.
I screamed and he laughed.
I got the drop on my finger and tried to taste it, but for me, nothing.
“I don’t taste anything.”
I gave the other nipple a squeeze, and yes, there they were, two drops produced by my body, sitting milky and distinct on the tan, nubbly surface of my very own breast. I screamed again; also laughed and shouted “Holy Shit” a few more times. Finally, I gave those drops a swipe too. But, “I still don’t taste anything.”
“Well,” B. said, “My tastebuds are more sensitive than yours.”
I punched him in the arm. Though this does happen to be true. Back in the day, he was better at wine than I was.
And so. My body has made four drops of milk. Which is the craziest thing ever that has ever happened.
I recounted this little episode to my doula and friend, and she laughed, and then also reminded me, “Careful. Nipple stimulation is a good way to bring on labor.”
I’m still quite chilling with the babe staying inside of me and so, although I’m sad about it, the nipples have been declared off limits for a few weeks. Also the spicy food that I pretty much want to eat every day. Things are cooking in there. The babe is nudging. But not yet. Not quite yet. I still want a little more time. And, of course, a few more afternoons on the sunny rug.