the home stretch

August 3, 2009

Christine is tapping away on her computer right now. She is wrapping up the last of her Darling Design jobs before she takes a hard-earned maternity leave when our son is born in just a couple of weeks. For those of you who have missed her updates here on, know this: No one has missed her writing more than me. I met Christine through this website. Her five-minute crushes inspired my first crush on her. It’s fair to say, I think, that she seduced me with her words. So, ever so gently over the past nine months, I have nudged her about them. “Ugh…” She groaned. “Not tonight.” Finally, I decided that I had to take the matter into my own hands.

Almost everyday this year, someone has asked me how Christine is feeling. “How is your wife feeling?” Once or twice, I have extended an imaginary antenna and pantomined the telepathic process by which I might be able to know something like that. Of course, I know why people ask me: I am her witness. I am the one who gets to see everything she has to go through to become a mom. It’s humbling to see someone you love carry a greater weight every single day. To see easy things become hard. To see your wife become uncomfortable in her own skin. “Be nice to your mommy,” I sometimes catch Christine talking to her belly. Our Herculean son is using her ribs for a kickboxing cage match. His opponent is her bladder. Every round ends in the restroom. In her final month of pregnancy, Christine walks like a wind-up toy. Her knees barely bend. At night, she needs six strategically placed pillows and a lot of luck to fall asleep. Every now and then, I feel sleepy too. I get headaches or allergies or wonder how in the world I will get all of my work done before the baby arrives. Then I look at my perfectly pregnant wife tappa tappa tapping away at her design work, folding our son’s onesies, or baking an emergency batch of Heath Bar cookies. I wonder how I became such a wimp. When I express my admiration for her, Christine says “This (becoming a mom) is what I always wanted.” My answer, when people ask, is that Christine is carrying her pregnancy “with grace.”

Guest written by Mr. Christine Hughes, illustration by the stinkowitz.


  1. kris says:

    Yay, Rama! You said it just right. That wife of yours, she’s truly amazing and I miss her lots. Can’t wait to meet your boy–even if it across 3000 miles and computer wires.

  2. wendy says:

    i love you two. this is beautiful rama.
    we are always a phone call away.

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  4. Rebecky says:

    Rama, you rock. And Christine, you are superwoman :) Heath Bar Hughes is the luckiest of little boys.

  5. Marisa and Creative Thursday says:

    oh goodness. I’m feeling sentimental. This is beautiful Rama. It’s no surprise Christine is carrying her pregnancy with “grace” ~ her overall grace is one of the qualities I admire about her most. Congratulations again to both of you ~ this baby boy is SO lucky to have you two as parents. I’m sure he already knows this. :)

  6. Swirly says:

    Oh Rama…This is extraordinary. You have both been on my mind all summer long, more so now that the time is drawing near to the day you will meet your son. I am so excited for you both and inspired by your partnership. xoxo

  7. Veronica says:

    I have been reading for going on 10 years now…Christine is the first person I was a fan of on the internet before Internet Celebrity was even a thing you could call people. And I think this might be like my fourth comment :) Rama, I love that you signed the post “Mr Christine Hughes”

    Congratulations, you two. I don’t know you but from your blogs, but I know you’re good people, so thank you for growing another good person. The world needs more.

  8. Christine says:

    Aw, geez, guys. You sure know how to make a girl blush!

    Thank you for your love & support. I think that’s where I get any super-strength. xo

  9. stacy says:

    so, so beautiful. i heart you both so much and can’t wait to meet the little dude! xo

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  11. lisa s says:

    yay rama!
    my little used my ribs too… starting in month 7 – sigh… and i used 6+ pillows too :)

    the fun is just about to start. can’t wait for you guys!!

  12. tracy says:

    that was just about the sweetest thing ever! i can’t wait to see the next step of your journey! xoxoxo

  13. Debby says:

    Oh, the force is definitely with you two. I mean, three. I’ve loved following your journey and can’t wait to meet the little one! :)


  14. chelsea says:

    I wish the two of you all the best as you become the three of you.

    Good luck and thanks for popping by to let us all know how Christine is. I’m not surpirsed she is carrying her pregnancy with grace.

    I apsire to that, when the time comes.


  15. Toyin says:

    super sweet. I love it. Best of wishes : )

  16. Robbylyn says:

    Almost there!

  17. Michelle says:

    Rama, just beautiful! (I think that’s also the most-Christine Christine drawing you’ve ever made — I can’t get over the joy radiating from it!)

    I love so much that my beautiful (inside and out) friend found a man so wonderful and perfectly suited to her. You two are a one-in-a-million match and an absolute inspiration.

    My prayers and love are with you three!

  18. lisaann says:

    i ♥ rama! you’re rad. hee. cannot wait to meet lil mr. hughes. xo

  19. Toni says:

    So beautifully written!

    And what a lovely illustration too.

    I hope Christine’s doing spectacular. :) Thanks for letting us know she is!

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