Friday, October 19, 2012

My birth community/Tribute to my 'ladies'

Who is your support person? Who can you talk to about all your fears, excitement, plans and ideas? Who gets excited with you about everything baby? 

As a youth all I wanted to do was spread my wings and fly away. The more I'm away, though, the more I long for home and family. This became true yet again, being pregnant. 

My mom and sisters live far away, and though I would love to talk no end of baby with them, it is not really easy to do over the phone. You just can't get giggly over the phone. Ok, let me rephrase that. 'I' can't get giggly over the phone. 

My husband is of course my main man, and support person. I'm so grateful we're in this together. But if I talked to him all the talk I have to share about everything baby, even I would plead for mercy or tune it out eventually, as the listener. 

So it is with much gratitude that I acknowledge the women with whom I get to share all my baby everything with: the four women I work with. They have been awesome! They all could be my mother, and all somehow make me feel like an equal at the same time as mothering me.

They were among the first to know about this pregnancy, and never tire of asking me about it. They get excited when I walk in, give me knowing looks, want to feel my tummy, ask me about my plans, get excited about how much my baby bump has grown from week to week, don't let me carry the laundry basket, and in general fawn over me in the way I imagine my mother and sisters would if they were near. It seems silly to say, but I have loved every moment of it, and I'm so grateful for these ladies and how they've shaped the emotional overtones of my pregnancy.

Then there is Jenny. Jenny is a dear friend, and the one who really introduced me to natural birth. We've had many long talks about just about everything related to fertility, natural birth, and kids. And we just happen to be pregnant at the same time!

I am SO grateful for these wonderful ladies! And while I do talk with family about baby stuff, I'm grateful to have these women in my every-day life to make it that much more special.

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