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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Don't worry about me. This is fun.

Have you ever seen Father of the Bride.  It is officially my favorite movie.  I watch it once a year. Do you remember the part when Steve Martin goes to the parents in law's swanky house and asks to use the restroom?  They say, "Use the one upstairs.  It's the seventh door on the right."
"Second door?????"
"No.  Seventh."

This scene always runs through my head when I'm inevitably asked "So, is this your first baby?"  I was asked that question not too long ago in the presence of friends who knew my baby tally.  They literally laughed out loud.  Then I answer, "No, it's my fifth." I sound the fifth out super precisely, exactly the way they say seventh so as not to be misunderstood.  People's eyes bug out or roll just like Steve Martin's.

I like surprising people with my answer.

Have you seen Father of the Bride part two?  It's officially not my favorite movie.  I don't watch it every year.  I have however always loved the idea of going into labor spontaneously and rushing to the hospital like they do in the movie.  I remember the anti-climatic feeling of showing up at the hospital to be induced with D'arcy.  It's a romantic notion and not as important as a healthy baby.

Still, I've been able to have my cake and eat it too.  I get to have the exciting labor experience AND a healthy baby.  I just have to wait a while for it.  So don't worry about me folks.  Waiting in excited expectation is fun and life giving.  It's like how one might feel climbing Mt. Everest or running a marathon.

I shared this with Stephen tonight.  He laughed at me and said in complete agreement, "oh yeah...or like getting a tooth pulled."

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