Friday, September 1, 2006

Birth Control and Blessings

So, time for a more positive post than the last, depressing, self-loathing one. Eddie, bygones.

Yesterday I had a crappy afternoon, so I decided on a little retail therapy. I am not much of a shopper, which gets a gasp from my Mama and little Sis (and Bubba's Mom, who has a black belt in shopping), so this was a new thing, because I don't usually look at shopping as 'therapy.' When I need 'therapy' I usually head for my couch and don't move from there all night (just ask Bubba, he has to do everything these days). I blame the hormones. But, seeing as how I have ZERO to wear these days, thanks to my bulging belly that is definitely broadcasting to the world that I don't just have a beer gut, I need clothes. My closet is empty, and it's not even that big to begin with. So I took my happy self to one of 2 Gap stores in Manhattan that has a maternity section. Unfortunately the store I chose happens to be catty-corner from Macy's, and was a zoo. I forgot that it's back-to-school here on Wednesday, so the place was CRAWLING with kids and their mommies doing their last-minute shopping. Did I mention that the maternity section of this store also shares a dressing room with the kids department?
Pigs' Sister commented on her blog about pregnancy symptoms being excellent birth-control. This experience would have been, too, except that everyone using that extremely small dressing room was already knocked-up or had kids, and the BC theory was lost on them.

When I got on the train to go home, laden with my purchases, I was joined one stop later by a woman holding on to the arm of a screaming, writhing toddler who clearly DID NOT want to get on this particular train. He proceeded to throw himself down onto the subway floor (ew, gross!) and kick and scream, making the rest of us who had to SHARE the car with him groan inwardly and wish we'd chosen another car to get into. Mommy did nothing while the child threw the tantrum, not even apologizing to the people her offspring kicked! I hate this kind of parenting, and was sitting there thinking 'My child will never do such things in public because s/he will KNOW better. I'm going to be a better parent than that.' The tantrum continued for 3 more stops, where they (thankfully) got off. Guess he wanted to take a cab. More birth control for Katie Bonk.

The 'Blessings' part of this post is that I felt the baby kick last night for the first time! I was laying there trying to go to sleep and felt what could only be described as a gas bubble that exploded inside. Like an inward fart. Gross, I know, but I don't know how else to describe it. But it was there! Happened several times, and I was so excited that I couldn't fall asleep, and am thus extra sleepy today. I know this will soon turn into me groaning that the kid wakes up when I lie down, but for now, it's just super-cool.

11 comments:

angelq said...

Ooooo! How very exciting! I, too, would not have been able to fall asleep afterwards.

You should take a picture of your belly every so often so you can see the progress. It's a neat idea for a scrap book.

And I'm with you on the shopping thing. I find it very overwhelming most of the time to walk into a department store (where the heck do I start). And therapy is much more effective when it consists of vegging on the sofa.

cjh said...

YEA! That is exciting. I'm glad to see someone who is still happy to be pregnant and mentions the nice parts instead of only the bad. I realize now more than ever (after reading blogs), how many weird things happen with pregnancy. I'm sure the bad things do suck but there's a baby in there! That's amazing...

katielady said...

Thanks girls! I agree, cjh, I like hearing the good. I think most people just focus on the strange things, because it's easier for people to comprehend. And possibly appreciate how big a 'sacrifice' it is to allow such a hostile take-over of your body for 9 months. That sounds funny, but I had a friend tell me it was like her body was possessed for the last 4 months. And I know it affects each woman in a different way, I've just been lucky that it's been an incredibly easy experience for me thus far.

Pigs said...

I hate the labor and drama stories from people. As you can tell, I get a charge out of the strange and weird stuff. You might as well talk about it.I'm not into all this feel-good stuff. Pregnancy is a means to get a child, not a fun party.

Timmie Smith said...

Very cool, Katie! It'll only be a little while before Bubba will be able to feel them too!

I agree on the public tantrums bit. There is a time and place to ignore your tyke to teach them that tantrums don't work, but riding a train/bus isn't that time and place.

Bubba's Sis said...

Go, Baby B! Go!

katielady said...

Pigs, I hate the labor and drama stories, too, because frankly, I don't really care. It is what it is and no one will have had an experience like yours ends up being.

The strange stuff is the stuff people talk about. Like when your belly is no longer round but oblong because baby is stretching! And it's eye-opening to realize you can't bend down to tie your shoes, let alone shave your legs, so you wear pants and slip-ons.

Bubba's Mom said...

But, oh the joy!! And the glow that you probably don't notice that you have, but others do. And knowing the thrill that this is for Bubba too. This is the best thing that you two have done together yet - to create a perfect little person, that is my grandbaby. Focus if you can on the wonder of it all cause it's all worth it. Wasn't Bubba worth it???

Eddie said...

Ha! Inward fart. Lol.

wendy bird said...

I am so sorry to tell you this..your sweet, wonderful, beautiful, genius child will, at some point, throw a fit like this. They all do.

You and Bubba will handle it better than this mommy tho.

So happy for you!

Bubba's Sis said...

Not necessarily - none of my kids ever threw a fit like that - at least not in public! Really not at home, either. Gosh, I have good kids! :-)