Yup, The Time is nearing and our baby boy is on his way. I admit that giving birth to to a little person safely and with minimal complication is now consuming my thoughts. We have some wonderful doulas on deck, books have been read, fancy breathing has been practiced. Focal points. Aromatherapy. Etc. Etc. Etc. Surely I will get through this? Only a trillion other women have.
The weird thing is that I like to imagine myself doing this with a sense of humor. Of course, I know that actually laughing my way through childbirth is very very unlikely. Extremely unlikely. I figure, at the very least, I can laugh about it beforehand, and maybe laugh about it afterwards (?), however it plays out. (I am fully preparing myself for earth-shattering shrieking, flying body parts and geysers of bodily fluid.) I’m also tempering my nightmares with a good dose of denial by hoping that the baby isn’t too heavy for the stork, that he has good directions to our front stoop, and his handkerchief cradle doesn’t break in flight.
Anyway, many have suggested bringing music to the hospital. Indeed, I believe that most experiences in life should have soundtracks, so I have been giving the playlist a great deal of thought. But it’s impossible to know if I’ll want calming, meditative music or more uplifting, inspirational tunes. Undecided, I have decided to go with…funny. Here I present my extremely eclectic birth mix, so far. Who knows if it will help me, annoy me or even get played at all, but for now it’s making me laugh…
1. White Stripes, My Doorbell:
2. Salt-N-Pepa, Push It:
3. The Doors, Break on Through (To the other Side)
4. John Mellencamp, Hurts so Good:
5. CeCe Peniston: Finally
Any other ideas? I am taking submissions.