Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Love = Forgiveness.

I will publically admit it.
I gained 38 pounds when pregnant with Maddy.
I totally lied in the delivery room.

The nurse gave me a form ( a form?!) with "pre-preggo weight" and "current weight" spots. WHAT?! Seriously, what American-bred (vain) woman is going to answer the honest truth on either one of those lines?! So, what did I do? I lied for both of them. I made myself skinnier before I got pregnant, and attempted to make myself skinnier at the current time. So sue me. You're still getting paid. And you probably won't look at my answers. So shut up. It's making me feel better as this almost 8 pound baby is pressing against my cervix. She's the size of a watermelon, so I can put whatever the h*ll weight I want on that form. On MY floor we actually WEIGH the patients. You slackers.

The thing I love most about where I work is the familiarity I have with my patients, and that they have with me. As an Oncology *cancer* nurse, I really, really develop relationships with my patients being that they constantly are being hospitalized through out their illness. I had the privilage the other night of caring for a patient I knew WELL before I even got pregnant. I love this man. And he loves me. But it's totally "tough love." We bicker. We fight. But we love each other. =)
Even though he refers to me as "Nurse Ratchet," (from 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest') he won't take any other nurse when he knows I'm coming in that night. I've known this guy since BEFORE I was pregnant, in fact TRYING to get pregnant.

This is our TRUE conversation.

HIM: "Hey Steph. Got any new pics of Maddy?"
(**I show him pics).**
ME: "Isn't she so cute and chubby?!! I just love her!"
HIM: "She sure is. She takes after her mother. Hahah! Just kidding."
ME: "Thanks a lot you brat. I'm going to come in on the hour every hour to draw 'blood work.'"
HIM: "Just kidding! How much do you have left to lose? 15 pounds?"
ME: "Ummm...NO. Thanks. 12 pounds."
HIM: "That's practically 15. Remember when you were trying to get super skinny for Hawaii? You only had 5 pounds left to lose."
ME: "Thanks for reminding me. At least I lost it. You didn't think I could lose that last 5 pounds."
HIM: "And I don't think you can lose this last 15."
ME: "WHAT?! How rude. I will lose it. Just wait and see."
HIM: "I discouraged you the whole time before Hawaii, didn't I? And you lost it. Then what happened? You got pregnant and gained 40 pounds."
ME: ****Silence..........**** "Yea, but I've already lost 25. So leave me alone."
HIM: "I'm just saying....Watch out or you might get pregnant again and gain 60 pounds. Plus the extra 15 you're holding on to."

This is a typical relationship with my patients. Is this professional?
Bottom Line:
I love Maddy. Chubby mommy or not. =)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Newest Catholic on the Block

Our Baby Love 'aint no sinner no more. This past Sunday little Maddy Lou was baptized...and her momma was so proud!
It was an interesting day for me at least emotionally....I was more proud of Maddy at that point that I probably had ever been of her. More proud than when people met her for the first time, than when her belly button fell off, than when she smiled for the first time, than when she first rolled over. I was most proud of Maddy on this day and she didn't even know what was going on. And didn't choose to be baptized. But I was still so proud.
My mom made the most beautiful gown for Maddy out of my wedding dress...and ended up including satin from HER wedding dress, so Miss Maddy was wearing a most special and beautiful garment. If that's not the coolest thing you've ever heard than I don't know what is.

Of course, as luck would have it, Maddy was GREAT during church. A perfect little angel. And of course, when it was time to start the baptism she turned into a helliun. FUSSY. DEFIANT. CRANKY. SQUIRMY. TOTALLY EMBARASSING. And of course, we were "sharing" the baptism with a little boy who was adorable and was acting perfectly. Go figure.

HOWEVER....When it was time to be blessed and baptized, Madelyn calmed down as if she knew the moment had arrived and calmly and cutefully became a little Catholic girl. And this mommy's heart swelled and swelled and I was so happy to be holding her for her first sacrament.

We had a fun and great party at our house afterwards and I think Maddy had a good time too....especially when she sh*t EVERYWHERE and it exploded out of her pants, got ALL over the floor, all over Jason's shirt, and exploded all over his pants. Seriously, it was the biggest poop she had ever pooped in her life, and it was covering her grossed-out daddy more than she had ever covered us before. Hilarious. And in front of everyone. But seriously. And practically all who read this blog were there, so you know I'm not exaggerating =)

It was the perfect example of our little girl's attitude and humor. She is a nut, and I love her.
That's it for now...off to play with my 3 month old BFF =)


About Me

Jace, Steph & Maddy. And 2 dogs. Happy, healthy and hopeful living this wonderful thing called life.