Monday, May 11, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

This year Mother's Day in the house of M was just chock full of hijinx.

This morning I decided I wanted Cheese Blintzes for breakfast [mmmmm] so I whip out my mixing bowls and get to cooking [Note to self: First recipe to teach Monkey? Blintzes]. So I'm standing there, with Monkey critiquing over my shoulder about how this crepe is not perfectly round and that crepe is too big, when I notice I'm leaking a bit. I've been doing that for the last several days-just a teensy bit at a time-but since there wasn't a gush of fluid, there wasn't enough leakage to pool, and my contractions weren't getting any worse I was happy to ignore it in favor of relaxation, sleep, and blintzes. And, honestly, I didn't want to have to drive the whole way out to the hospital just to be sent home again. This was more leaking than I'd been having, but still not a gushy, pooly, drippy kind of I decided to sit on it. [Pun only half intended.] About 20 minutes later I started having some serious levels of pressure.

Okay fine, I sighed (mostly to myself). I'll go in. Just in case. But I'm not driving all the way to the hospital if I don't have to.

I pull myself away from the crepey goodness and head over to our local urgent care office, conviniently located less than a mile from our house. I told the doc what was happening, she gave me the good-old-cotton-swab, and after about 10 minutes she came back in and said "Congratulations-your water broke! You're going to have your baby today! Better get going to the L&D to pick up your Mother's Day present."

I. Was. Seriously. So. Excited.

Sure I was in pain, but this pain was going somewhere! I was going to have this baby! And on Mother's Day~how cute was that? This was it! Round up the troops! Call the grandparents! TWITTER!!

It was, of course, too adorable to be true. I get to the L&D and they hook me up and swab me down-I'm sitting there, ants in my pants, waiting to hear that I've dilated more or they're going to start my pitocin-or better yet, hear that the anesthesologist is on his way!-when they come back in and tell me that my water didn't actually break. Oopsies.

OOPSIES?! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I am absolutely certain that if I were a cartoon steam would have shot out of my ears and my head would have exploded into an atomic cloud of confetti.

I am still confused about how-exactly-one gets a false positive on a ferning test but my frustration level has come down from 'nuclear war peace talks' to 'ran out of toilet paper' so I'm okay-all because of Monkey.

When we got home, he ran up to me and said "I am so glad you're home Mommy! I love you sooooooooooooo much, and you're my very favorite. Happy Mother's Day!" Then he held my hand and took me upstairs to read him a story before he went to bed. It was a little past his bedtime (grandparents don't have to "do" bedtime) so while I was reading his eyes were getting droopy in that sweet way that babies' eyes have of doing. I closed the book and leaned over to kiss him and he threw his arms around me. He snuggled into my neck and said, "Thank you for reading that story Mommy. I love you through and through."

That's what motherhood is all about. Being so frustrated one minute you nearly burst a blood vessel and then-at exactly the right moment-being overwhelmed by the unconditional and awestruck love your child has for you.

I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!


Helene said...

I'm so sorry about the false labor...ugh!!! So frustrating! But I love the way, in the end of your post, you describe quickly you can go from extreme frustration to nothing but utter love and fascination with your child!!

BTW, yes, the art contest winners will be chosen at random! I think that anything submitted by the kids is gonna rock!! I love kid art!

The Blonde Duck said...

You poor thing! I hope you deliver soon!

Mrs. M said...

Helene-I think that's the magical part of motherhood...all the bad stuff is easily forgettable in the good moments.

The Blonde Duck-Me too! We're scheduled for induction a week from today, so at least I know it won't go on longer than that :)

Kirsty said...

Oh MAN I started scrolling for the newborn baby picture. You poor thing, I can only imagine your frustration but awwww...aren't little people a blessing? They always come through when we most need them to.

thank you so much for the crepe craving. I was doing really well with being good today ;)

May 18th is an awesome day to have a baby :)

Mimi said...

Oh, so close, but yet so far!

Thanks for stopping by my blog & sharing my special SITS day!

Jenny said...

Oh my, how annoying! I'm sorry you had to go through all of that.

What a fun Mother's Day! LOL!

Damselfly said...

Ohmygoodness! False alarm. I hope you don't have any more of those.

Your Monkey sounds precious. We also love the book "I Love You Through and Through."

Elizabeth said...

Awww, I got so excited for you!! Sorry it turned out to be a false alarm. I don't get how they screwed that up. Go figure.

PS - I left a little something for you on my blog of the award variety - I hope you like it! :)

Angie said...

Sorry to hear about the false labor - that must be really frustrating.

I love the design you have at the top of your blog.

Muthering Heights said...

I seriously can't believe that...I would have gone ahead and burst!!!

Jen said...

I was thinking of you this morning and thought "She must have had that baby!!" So I looked at your Twitter updates and YOU DID!!! DAYS AGO!

Congratulations and I can't wait to hear all about it when you have time to post!

Lots of love to you ALL!