If my daughter runs late, they want to open me up and fetch her from my womb. I try to balance all the medical information, but I'm easily distracted, and I've read it all before, and there are no real answers there. I find myself wondering: is that rude? To slice right in and fetch her just because she's running a little late? I wouldn't appreciate it. Then again, I didn't appreciate it when my son decided to burrow in and remain in my belly for nine extra days. I didn't hold it against him because --being unborn-- he hadn't yet learned about overstaying one's welcome, but clearly it's a lesson we'll need to review at an age appropriate time.
I had a dream I had a baby boy. As soon as he was born he knew how to run, throw and bang. He had my long hair, which made him look like a tiny rock star. He threw toys everywhere: at me, in the fireplace, on the floor. He was a little bit scary, actually. A newborn with toddler capabilities and desires. I woke up relieved I'm having a girl. Not that she'll refrain from running, throwing and banging, but she won't be the dream baby, that destructive rock star, and for that I'm relieved.
My son's personality continues to change before my eyes. He's developing the kind of characteristics that make people look at him and say: that one's all boy. Throwing and banging are currently high on his priority list, and I'm trying to entice him to pound on my back and shoulders, although he hasn't entirely bought into this plan yet. He plays with verbs and verb tense all the time too. I tumbled. I dumbled. I dumbaded. I dommed down. I dommded down on the floor. I banged. I bammed. I boomed. I bamed. I bameded. I bameded Mommy!
Ouch! No more bame-ing, I say. I don't know precisely what bame-ing is, but I don't want any more of it on my head. No bame-ing Mommy in the head. That hurts. You can bame and pound on my back if you want. But you need to be gentle with my head.
The doctors seem less and less VBAC happy with each appointment. They don't want me to go past my due date. And did they mention my slim chances of success? And oh! Look at the increased risks to our lives and well-being if I try and fail. There are numbers, and the numbers look worse every time. But there are other numbers they aren't reciting, and those numbers tell a different story. And then the fact that all the numbers in the world can't tell one woman's story.
What do I do? What do I decide? I told you, my brain is skittery, and my thoughts are slippery. They don't stay in my head. Also, my knees ache, especially the left one. Is there anything you can do about that? No? Then how can I be expected to juggle all these numbers and come to a conclusion? My knee aches something awful, and my attic is a mess. It needs to be organized. Doctor, can you offer me something for attic organization? No? Would you like to hear about my Christmas tree? It's going to be beautiful! The numbers will have to wait. Why are you always bame-ing me in the head with these numbers?
In another dream I drove a monster truck and had a pet bear. We cut through someone's house, and my monster truck got stuck in their hallway and I had to abandon it and travel by foot. But they had a pet gorilla who began to chase me. My bear hightailed it out of there, and I was so pregnant, racing through the city streets with the gorilla hot on my tail. I woke up breathless.
Birth seems like the perfect time to let go of the illusion of control. I have a voice in my head that says: you create your own reality with your thoughts. You need to BELIEVE you can do this, and WILL it into being! Another voice responds: That's both silly and arrogant. Sit down and be quiet. Give it to God. Let go.
And the numbers float in and out of my daydreams, hanging on my Christmas tree, gathering in the boxes in my attic, poking me in the knees with their perpetual ache. And in my dreams I have rock star babies with personalities too big to manage, and monster trucks and pet bears and gorillas out to get me. How can a woman possibly juggle numbers, or complete lists of tasks on a teacher checklist, or make a life and death decision about one's daughter with all these distractions? I wonder if they'll understand if I just explain how the distractions are constantly bame-ing me.
I'm sorry doctor/ supervisor/ State Department of Education. I was not able to complete the tasks you entrusted me with. You see, I've been bamed in the head with all manner of distractions. What's bamed, you ask. Well, I think that's a perfect example of the type of distraction I'm talking about. Let's talk about the word bame. What does it mean to you? If you're not the type to define your own words, then perhaps you'd like to hear about my pet bear instead. He rides beside me in my monster truck. I think it's clear I'm going to need an indefinite extension on those responsibilities. Might I recommend a pile of novels while you wait? A lovely afternoon nap? A life and death decision to ponder while you rest? Just relax right here, and try not to bame each other in the head. Be gentle, authority figures. Just be gentle while you wait. All this bame-ing me in the head isn't helping anyone at all.