By Sarah Bilston
Quinn "Q" Boothroyd is a tender British legal professional married to an American and residing in big apple urban. She's checked off many of the containers on her "Modern Woman's checklist of items to Do prior to Hitting 30," and her busy operating lifestyles has been rather painless. but if her general practitioner tells her she needs to spend the final 3 months of her being pregnant mendacity in mattress, Q is thrown right into a tailspin. first and foremost bored and annoyed, Q quickly fills her days through attempting to reconnect together with her workaholic husband, supply felony recommendation for her candy Greek neighbor, forge new emotional bonds along with her mom and sisters, and work out who will maintain her stocked up in cookies and sandwiches. Q reviews adventures at the sofa she by no means might have encountered within the legislations company and learns much approximately herself and what she desires out of life—and mainly, concerning the child growing to be within her.
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She gets to think she’s a serious artiste because Greg’s cousin is an art dealer, who knows a guy, who knows another 18 ■ Sarah Bilston guy, who owns some art space in south London, so every three years or so I get a chic little white card inviting me to an exhibition of Alison Farquhar’s work, puffed up by some obsequious chump from the Evening Standard (also a friend of hubbie’s, no doubt). But of course I can’t say any of this when Alison blathers on about understanding the pressures of work, can I—!
Feeling my eyes on him, he looked up, and he must have seen the expression on my face because he reached for my left hand and squeezed it hard. “Sorry, honey, I’ve got to send off these messages, I was in the middle of something when you called. Hey, hey,” he added, softly, drawing me toward his shoulder, “don’t look like that, don’t cry! ” I buried my head in the dark, comforting place beneath his chin and inhaled his sweet warm smell. He held me close, whispering reassurance into my hair ( “we’ll get through this, I promise .
Her English is far from perfect (her accent is heavy and thick as honey), but she was incredibly kind. She said she’d come again soon with homemade baklava, which is almost as good as a chocolate chip cookie. So here I am again, beginning of a new week, the end of my first on bed rest. I’m twenty-seven weeks’ pregnant. If the baby was born today he’d be thirteen weeks’ premature. I just Googled “twenty-seven weeks gestation survival” and found a Web site that claims his chances are already around 85 percent!
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