Yet another reason I love my MA school –

I had noticed that one of the buff boxing women at my MA school, Ray – who I was partnered with once and mentioned in a post a couple months ago – had started wearing her shirt untucked during class. This was a month or so ago, and I hadn’t really paid attention to it. She was still banging the crap out of shit, still jump roping, etc.

A couple weeks ago, I noticed she was doing modified situps on her side when we did medicine ball partner situps.

Huh. Weird.

Yesterday, in the changing room, it occured to me that Ray had put on twenty-five pounds in about two months (the untuck-the-shirt-trick works every time).

Hey, I thought, the only people who gain twenty-five pounds in two months are —

Oh.

“Can you feel anything yet?” Saran, one of the MA veterans asked Ray as she geared up.

“Oh, are you kidding? I’ve been feeling things for months.”

“That’s cool.”

“Yea. It’s cool.”

Ray is over four months pregnant.

And she’s coming to class and continuing to kick ass.

I LOVE being alive in this century. Ask me what time period I’d choose to be born a myopic woman in, and it would be this one. If we can get over the conservative social pressure, and continue to fight for the rights we’ve got while expanding on them, we’ve potentially got an incredible power to live the sorts of lives we all want to live.

As fighting young professionals – pregnant or no – and crazy bed-hopping artists; should we so choose.

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