Tell Me Something Good – Proud Dads

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earlier this week, i had a client need to reschedule so suddenly i found myself free over the lunch hour (okay to be honest, 99% of lunch hours are always free). my mom had the genius idea to meet her and my soulfriend downtown for lunch. i was feeling extra metropolitan so i jumped on the light-rail system denver has recently expanded.

look at how cute my little stop is! my friend alison said it looks like it belongs in stars hallow and she is not wrong.

downtown littleton

as i waited for the train to arrive while picturing myself back in antarctica because it is way too hot in denver right now, there was an announcement. apparently due to a gas leak, the trains weren’t running super far into the city but there would be shuttle busses.

if you have been a reader for a while or know me, then you know i’m a planner. i literally looked at the website for a solid 20 minutes understanding how this system worked, what my stop was, where to pay and all that jazz. there was no alert or notice on the website about this disruption so get it together RTD because it happened at like 8am!

the train dropped off at the convention center where there was supposedly a bus to take us farther but everyone just dispersed and decided they would walk to their destination. normally, i’m all about walking but not while 8 months pregnant in the scorching heat. i could just picture myself dramatically passing out in the middle of a crosswalk and remember – the yellow cars don’t stop.

after about 4 minutes of trying to play it totally cool like i knew exactly where i was going in the much larger downtown than i’m used to, i asked for help. i found a guy in a bright orange vest and for a moment i hesitated that wearing neon-orange vests were like a new hipster thing and he wouldn’t know where the shuttle bus was either.

while the verdict is still out on the hipster status of an orange vest – he did in fact know where to catch the air-conditioned bus.

not only that, but he noticed my very obvious belly and asked if it was my first gestation. fine, he didn’t use the word ‘gestation’ but i wish he did. i want to use that word more frequently.


the goodness was that he proceeded to tell me about his own 4 kids and how much joy and happiness they bring to his life! he said i will have so much fun being a parent because it really is such an awesome role.

i walked away from our brief but pleasant conversation and smiled widely. i am used to women getting excited about my progressing gestation (10 points to gryffindor for using the word!) but not a ton of men are vocal about it. although that one guy on the plane told me all about raising 3 daughters and it was great!

i went on to have a lovely lunch with my mama and lindsey and then headed back. it also made me thankful to not live in the heart of downtown denver, like we originally planned. we were nervous to leave downtown portland for more of the ‘burbs but we definitely made the right choice.

when your client needs to reschedule, that means a double fun lunch downtown with my mama and soulfriend!

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okay, your turn – tell me the goodness going on around you! happy friday!


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  1. Kate

    July 22, 2016 at 8:27 am

    That’s so awesome when someone–especially a man–tells you how wonderful and exciting it is to be a parent! Lots of times people would immediately launch into “oh you won’t sleep again, blah blah blah” so it’s great when someone is so positive about it!

    • chelsea

      July 25, 2016 at 9:10 am

      i really think so too kate! yes many of already know the more challenging times that come with parenting so let’s focus on the great things more often!
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  2. Elizabeth | Something Saturdays

    July 22, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I love these Tell Me Something Good Fridays!

    I recently started using The Five Minute Journal twice a day which is all about gratitude. It has made me so much happier just thinking about and writing down the great things in my life!
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    • chelsea

      July 25, 2016 at 9:12 am

      yay elizabeth – so glad you like these posts 🙂 that makes me happy to hear because i like doing them!

      love that you are finding such great things form the 5 minute journal – that is fantastic. it is amazing how much better our life and attitude is when we conscious pull out those gratitudes 🙂
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  3. Elyse

    July 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    I love hearing positive stories of parenthood – but it’s seriously awesome when you hear dads doing it!

    One of those things from my real life is seeing my brother interact with his daughter, it’s so sweet to see or to see my nieces face light up when she sees him, since I still think of him as the guy who would blow up my Barbies with his GI Joes.
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    • chelsea

      July 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

      me and you both elyse! that sounds SO sweet to watch your brother interact with his daughter. that is so sweet – especially when you have one image as your brother and here he is now as dad!

  4. Jennifer Haston

    July 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Chelsea! I had a “tell you something good” but yesterday in the wake of feeling awful, I was having a hard time finding it.. but the day went on and I felt oh so much better.. health is such a gift, isn’t it?
    I spent some time with a good “soulfriend” of mine..we hung out with her and her precocious four year old.. where we talked Harry Potter, black bean brownies, and “The West Wing”.. I also spent some time catching up with my best friend in New York (who has a toddler so it’s not easy scheduling that time) and talking to him about all things pediatrician related.. Thanks for posting the good, Chelsea, so much on the internet is negative, thank you for being part of what’s good!

    • chelsea

      July 25, 2016 at 9:16 am

      so glad you are feeling better jennifer – thanks for coming back to share yours (i am now having one of those ‘feel like crap days’) so i appreciated reading yours today! so glad you were able to spend time with your soul friend and any harry potter talk is great talk in my book 🙂 sounds like a wonderful time of catching up with important people in your life 🙂