Things I Have Broken or Lost Since Chiara Was Born:
A box of clothes (before Chiara was born): My last regular-person clothes before I started wearing maternity clothes. I seem to have put them away, but where, I have no idea! They are not stored under the bed, or in our storage locker, or at Luke’s mom’s garage or at my mom’s storage locker. They were loose-fitting, so I particularly miss them now that I am still 15 pounds heavier than before pregnancy. They are also cold weather clothes, so would be perfect to wear now. Est. value: ??
Japanese rice bowl (first week): one of a set of four that Luke and I bought at a store that has since gone out of business. Est. value: $5, but irreplaceable
Ceramic bowl (first week): Actually, this was a bowl that Luke broke, but i’m listing it here just because it was memorable that we both broke bowls within the first week. And this bowl was a handmade ceramic I bought at a crafts fair. It cleaved neatly into three pieces and was easily reparable, but we were so sleep deprived and had no time that after a 2 weeks of leaving the shards on the kitchen counter, we just threw it out. Est. value: $40, but irreplaceable
Computer keyboard (around the 6th week): I spilled a Japanese rice milk smoothie while sitting at Luke’s desk and nursing Chiara. The amazake spilled all over his track ball, but barely at all on the keyboard, and only on the end with the numbers so I thought it was fine. But I was wrong. I short-circuited something and the space bar no longer works. Est. value: $150, replaced with a noisy “tactile” keyboard with some noticeable bugs.
Digital camera (11th week): kind of sat on it, but with my knee rather than my bum. It was a wedding gift! Est. value: $400, but replaceable, still evaluating whether it is reparable, and at what cost.
Ceramic platter (11th week–what a week!): part of a set, that came with a bowl and pitcher, all made by a ceramic artist. Also a wedding gift. I’m going to crazy glue it all back together and hope that it will look nearly as good as new. It is beautiful, and it’s such a shame that I broke it! Est. value: $50, but irreplaceable
Also, for the record, I broke one other thing that I don’t wish at this time to disclose (since I haven’t admitted to it publicly yet)! Est. value: $150ish, but easily replaceable
I can’t even list the number of times i’ve spilled drinks, but that has gone way up from my pre-Chiara days. Clearly sleep-deprivation has made me very clumsy.
But the cost-benefit analysis is easy. Like that old commercial slogan: Chiara in my arms? Priceless.