"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone
Six years ago today we were in the hospital, finally about to see the little face that we had been waiting to see for more than seven years. And then she was here, and the world changed forever.
I didn't truly realize how much it had changed until the day after she was born, when our little family of three was alone in the hospital room. Boo was asleep in her bassinette, and J. was helping me get out of bed (less than 24 hours post c-section, and I needed lots of help) to go to the bathroom. Suddenly Boo woke up and started crying. J. immediately abandoned me and went to her, which is exactly what I wanted him to do. We didn't even have to say a word. And that's when it hit me... I am no longer the most important person in anyone's life - not even my own.
While I was pregnant, a "friend" who knew about our years of infertility lectured us on how our lives were going to change once the baby arrived. "Oh, everything's going to be different now," she warned.
We are also itchy – Boo and I, anyway – after being sucked dry by hordes of the bloodthirstiest mosquitoes you ever met. A virtual mosquito buffet, we are.
But the good news is, Arlene avoided us (or is that actually bad news… high winds and blinding rain would have been a welcome respite from the stifling heat and humidity). So, other than Boo getting her knee stuck in an opening on a McDonald’s playground, there was no threat to life and limb. Okay, I did end up in the embalming room of a local funeral home, but I wasn’t the deceased, so it doesn’t count. Oh, and the anemia. From blood loss. From the mosquitos. Must rest.
So, in case you ever have a need to know… if your Pikepass does not beep as you go through a Pikepass lane, that means (a) your battery is probably dead, (b) you did not pay a toll, (c) you will get a ticket in the mail, and (d) you can allegedly call Pikepass and give them your account number and you will be their best friend again. We shall see.
And also? When those lying bastards at AT&T said we’d get nationwide long distance, no roaming, with our new cell plan? Was I supposed to know they’d sell us to Alltel just a few months later? And does that mean I have to pay long distance and roaming charges for the times I used my phone in the Deep South? Especially since the service display kept switching between T-Mobile, Cingular, Allcel, Screwyouupthebuttcel, etc? I guess we’ll find out when we get the phone bill. Be afraid… be very afraid.
Does that sound enough like the National Enquirer? Because what I'm doing here is absolutely scandalous. I am deliberately disobeying the orders of Boo's dance teacher in order to show you her dance costume! Before the recital! Oh, the horror! Click Boo's picture to see more. If you dare!