I’ve had a whole five days now of THIS:
And it all started with THIS:
An empty coffee cup on a Monday morning is a terrible thing. So, I walked off in search of THIS:
In my own kitchen, in the house where I live, where I have walked at least a thousand times, my toe collided with THIS:
THE STEPSTOOL. Which has lived without incident on the floor in the kitchen for as long as it has been our kitchen. The thing I’ve stepped up on every time I’ve needed to reach into the upper cabinets, because SHORT PEOPLE PROBLEMS, Y’ALL.
And because two solid pbjects that have both have weight and mass cannot occupy the same space at the same time (and I told my ninth grade science teacher I’d never need to know this stuff!) my toe did THIS:
Nope, not gonna show it. Some things just have to be imagined. Ew, and then unimagined. Just think of puppies, envision the calm blue ocean… it’ll be ok.
So, I went to the emergency room, right? WRONG.
Eventually, yes. But first, I did THIS:
Texted my backups. Both of them. Because WHAT IF SOMEONE GOES INTO LABOR RIGHT NOW? Break a bone, break a water bag. I’m pretty sure that’s a real saying that I maybe just made up right now. But when you’re a doula, that’s what happens. Ninth grade science teacher didn’t cover why that’s true, but I believe a certain Mr. Murphy may have.
Waiting for the Uber to take me to ER, took care of THIS:
Because what else would a doula do besides focusing on a distraction (like answering a question about which chiropractors I love) while lamaze breathing and texting a neighbor for a ride to the emergency room?
So, now my view is a whole lot of THIS:
And I can’t wait for this fat purple foot to fit back into THESE:
I’m bored. I’m a little frustrated. I’ve watched a lot of TV and done a lot of phone time this week, rescheduling classes and clients. I’d like to get up and drive or throw in my laundry or even THIS:
Hi, vacuum cleaner! Miss me?
But if a baby should need to arrive today, I’m not worried. I’m grateful for a strong team of professional and reliable colleagues. If someone went into labor, I knew that my clients would be in excellent hands as I rest and continued to heal. A good doula knows to prepare for the unexpected. “What if you were suddenly unavailable” and “Who is your backup?” are important questions to ask your doula, and even more important for your doula to have a solid answer for!
Because life can happen, just like this!