The Baby Tote
When I was pregnant with Amie, I often amused myself thinking up all kinds of ways to make the pregnancy easier on us.
For instance, later on in our pregnancies, when the weight begins to pull our spines out of allignment andÂ our backÂ muscles out of shape, when all those vital organs need to start moving over, and when any kind of comfortableÂ sleep position becomes impossible… wouldn’t it be great if we could just whip out the uterus and stick it into a bag?Â
I am thinking an ergonomical backpack, with handy sidepockets,Â but for the more fashion-consciousÂ it could be an elegant totebag, and an Italian leather briefcase forÂ the businesstype. Once our babies get really heavy, we couldÂ bring in little carts or carry-ons…Â We would take it with us wherever we go (of course),Â keep it in our laps while having lunch, stash it underneath our desks while working. And this is the clincher: at night, we could just park it underneath the bed!
Ok, I don’t know how it would work physically. I mean: what would giving birth be like? In any case, I think it’s one of my brighter ideas and I’ve suggested it to Nature, and hopefully she has passed it on to Evolution. Women (maybe even men) of the distant future, you’re welcome!
The Fetus Fone
Another innovation was the Fetus Fone. In all honesty, I think I have to credit Amie with that idea. I made a little comic about it at the time:
If I had to choose, I would opt for the phone. Not for the fresh insights on Kant and the nature of space and time, but because of the only scary moment in my pregnancy.
OneÂ blistering hot summer morningÂ in the eigth month I rushedÂ intoÂ my midwife’s practice, barely on time (I abhor being late; it stresses me out). When the midwife put the Doppler against my swollen belly, even I realized Amie’s heart rate was wayÂ too high. The midwife asked me if I had drunk any water yet, andI admittedÂ I hadn’t.Â Five minutes after I sipped some icewater, Amie had calmed down.
All she wanted was a sip of water!
A Fetus Fone would have saved all of us a great deal of worry. I think I might take a patent on the idea (hey, people are trying to patent turmeric!), and I’d better also reserve the Fetus FoneÂ TM, and the domain.
Gotto go, got work to do…