Wednesday, August 23, 2006

There is this little trick I like to play...

It is becoming obvious that I might be having twins. Well, okay, it is becoming obvious that I am pregnant. Some people brave the chance that I am and ask, and some just assume that if I keep growing at this phenomenal rate, I'll get really fat, really quick. I don't know, people can be nutty.

Anyway, when someone comes across me as a pregnant lady, the conversation goes something like this:

"So, when are you due?"

"January, well, the end of, so maybe February"

"No, what is your due date?"

"The end of January"

"*sigh*Do you know what you are having"

"A baby I hope...ha ha, I don't know."

"Are you going to find out?"

"No"

"Aren't you curious"

"Sure, you seem to be too. We are going to let it be a surprise"

"That sounds great. Pause "Who is your Dr?"

"Ummm, I don't really have one."

"I know a couple that are really good."

"Well I mean, I don't have an OB, I have a midwife."

"Like a nurse midwife... Or like a scary non schooled, barefoot old lady midwife? Ha ha"

"yeah, exactly. She is a certified midwife, and has been practicing for over 30 years. "

"Really?"

"Yeah, I'm having my second homebirth"

"on purpose?"

"yup"

"no drugs when you do it at home, right?"

"I don't think so. I never really asked"

"huh. I think you are crazy."

"yeah."


The fun part of this conversation is the look on peoples faces when they realize that I am not kidding, that I am going to give birth in my bedroom. Most people can catch themselves pretty quick and put on a smile, but some just stare at me open mouthed with a look of horror on their faces.

I find it funny.

3 comments:

APRIL said...

If I hadn't already heard about Stacy with B I'd probably be one of the open mouthed people (minus the look of horror). I'll take my epidural anyday, although I'm hoping this time around I'm not woken up at 5am 25 hours after giving birth to take my blood pressure. Is there a reason they want it when I'm trying to sleep? Next time I'm going to tell them they will get an inaccurate reading because I'm getting upset really fast..... I guess there's another plus for a home birth.

Stacy said...

I LOVE to tell people that B was born in my bathtub! If a homebirth isn't enough to have their jaw drop - a waterbirth has them scrambling to pick their jaw off the floor for sure!

I want to know what you are having! Can I know and just not tell you?

big d said...

i like to tell them the part about had we been at the hospital, instead of with our midwife, there would have been any number of un-wanted, expensive and dangerous "interventions" probably including and emergency c-section. thankfully, we didn't have to endure any of that, and were blessed with a 9#11oz son without you needing any stitches!