Wednesday, August 19, 2009

goings on

I have become a somewhat shameless fangirl.  One of my favorite bloggers decided to stop writing, and I wrote him a crazy ranting email a modestly self-effacing email, stating how much I enjoyed his writing.   He wrote back, and was as funny as I'd expect.  I don't know why I'm always surprised that bloggers are real people (who write back when you email, shocking!), but ever since I saw his email, I feel like I'd imagine it feels to meet a Backstreet Boy.  You know, if they could write well, and were cool. 

On the kitten front, I have realized that my daily e-newsletters are filling my head with potential crap about labor and delivery.   There's always conflicting advice from the many updates I receive, and I mentioned one to my friend Jaylene yesterday.  She brought up the fact that babies are born with sharp little nails that they try to remove their faces with.  I said that an article recommended bringing a nail file to the hospital.  She was laughing so hard, she couldn't respond.  Apparently, there is little chance that we will be able to file his nails just after birth, since they'll be paper thin and his skin will be all soft and also fileable -- whooops.  I realized then that I get a lot of advice that all centers around this mythical day that's four months away, where lots of stuff will happen that I won't be prepared for.  I will continue to read the updates because I'm obsessed, but I'll try to read them with a grain of salt a little common sense.

Karen keeps telling me that people have been doing this for a very long time, and that things usually work out just fine.  I don't know what makes me think that studying will help me be a better laborer or a better parent.  Maybe it's just that knowing anything makes all the unknown more comfortable.  I'll stick with that for now.


  1. ive just started studying up on l&d, its crazy how much there is to learn! i read the chapter in "what to expect..", got totally freaked out, and buried my head right back in the sand! :)

  2. Crazy! Yeah, the file doesn't seem like the most essential thing to pack - how funny! I agree with Karen that you're going to be just fine, as scary as I'm sure this is!

  3. I try to never share my l & d stories with pregnant women. Perhaps I should, they were both boring and uneventful which is pretty ideal. I just remember all the stuff people shared with me my first time around. It was all either horrifying or terrifying. Not helpful.

    Get a pack of cotton baby mittens (but take them off for pictures because they look stupid and you will be sorry that his little hands were covered in all your pics). He will scratch the crap out of himself at first and trimming the nails is not something you will be comfortable attempting for a few weeks.

  4. Even though I'm not pregnant, I love to read labor & delivery stories. Hey, it's a new experience, why not learn about how other women went through it? You made me smile with the nail file story :)


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