Every day during my pregnancy, I’m forced to make the choice between eating something delicious and being able to sleep at night. Yeah, I tend to choose the salsa or hot sauce or carbonated beverage… Now I must live with the consequences of being up all night burping, thinking I’m about to puke, trying to fall asleep upright, and stifling the acid reflux with off-brand Tums.
Hey, guys! As you guys probably know, I’m 38 weeks pregnant (that’s out of a 40 week gestation period, my friends who may not be aware). What you don’t know is that my baby is currently in a breech position — which is just no good for those of us interested in a natural birth plan. By the way, only 3-4% of babes are breech (head not down in the birth canal) by week 37…so it’s sort of a raw deal.
We tried all kinds of things to encourage her to flip on her own. Weird stuff like swimming, handstands, underwater somersaults, yoga positions, peppermint oil, flashlight enticement, cold packs on my upper abdomen, playing music down by my junk — you name it! She just ain’t budgin’.
We have a procedure scheduled this week called an “external cephalic version,” where doctors will try to turn her by manipulating her position from outside my belly. It’s kind of a last attempt for avoiding having to have a C-section. C-sections aren’t the devil, but they do have way more risks than a natural, intervention-free birth.
Could you please say a prayer, make a wish, send a vibe, and/or throw out some positive energy for us? I would appreciate it so much.
Thank you, everyone!!
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard - they don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
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- Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
- Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
- The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
- Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
- This Book Will Change Your Life by Benrik
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.