Some say my husband and I didn’t date long enough, we say we simply knew it was right.
He was the only person that ever made me want to change my lifestyle, and I was the one who stretched him from his comfort zones. You know, we are coming up on a year of marriage, and every single morning he kisses me as he gets out of bed and tells me he loves me, even if I fake sleep sometimes and say I love you to as he walks out the door…and it is the last thin we say before we get into bed every night. If one of is not home, we know a phone call is coming…I can’t imagine not waking up to it because it starts my day with a smile, and I can’t imagine trying to fall asleep without it!
We had grand plans, not yet laid, of a tropical wedding where friends from around the world come. My husband is American and I am Canadian…half the people are flying a long ass way, so lets just make it a nice winter wedding right?
Uh-oh…I mean yay….err uh-oh,…err OMG…err WTF…er yay!
Dumb luck…like not even 2 months after we are engaged I am pregnant! Wait…let me check my math…more like a month lol. We hadn’t even had big talks about kids…and I really didn’t know how I felt about having a kid! I had just taken a new job at a pretty major record label in an executive capacity, and I really didn’t get kids…at all. A year before this I had been banned from babysitting from a friend (we are good now), because she called me at like noon on a Sunday when I was not even close to waking up from the party the night before. She was having a rough day…her baby wouldn’t stop crying, and me in my all mighty still wasted wisdom asked if she had tried shaking him. Yeah. Me…mom material?
So I shit some bricks, and I quit some habits immediately…hey…I’m being honest…I don’t condone that kind of stuff…but I did stop immediately and ran every check under the sun twice. When it levels out a bit, we are happy…ecstatic about this! We ramp the wedding up and have a small ceremony within a few weeks and the rushed to prep wedding turns out to be pretty awesome!
OMG…I have a family!
I quit my job at the label, something my dad is still rather upset about, and return to work for him. I do the same routine for a bit while we work out a new role…sorry…you can’t be the uber pregnant woman at a gig or prepping for it or doing PR…it just doesn’t work lol. So I take a job that puts me more in the office and then flying out to work with and seek out bands. I’d done this a bit, but now it is full time…hitting Nashville for a few days, the New York, anywhere you were catching vibes of something that might be a new sound emerging.
About 6 months in I have a massive fear…I am due December 27th! O M G…I do not want a Christmas baby!
I get huge. Am I having quadruplets? Seriously…in the end I put on pushing 33% weight! I eat healthy, I exercise, I even start aquatic aerobics.
I get depressed.
They had warned that based on evaluation I was a high risk for postpartum depression…even though I was still pregnant, I am sure this was associated. I have major mood swings a temper that is scary. I just spiral down and down. I see this ending my career goals, I had a really shitting experience growing up with an emotionally and physically abusive mother (another post some time perhaps), I quit all of these bad habits…I have become unhinged. So I explode in the office one day, and I am actually institutionalized by my husband and my father. I end up in there for 4 days and have to go to counselling a lot. Of course I am furious about this, but somehow, thank Christ, I see the light of day and that these people care for me and my baby. K, my SL friend, talks to me about it a bit, and really gives awesome personal insight. You know, I think that until now she is the only person I have told about this outside of immediate family! Part of my therapy is writing stuff down…doesn’t mean I have to share it, but the advise I am given is to write a letter to someone…evaluate the letter…then tuck it away, send it, burn it, whatever you want. The idea being that as you structure that letter and evaluate it opens your eyes and you see things a little different. If you are ever reading this and you take any single thing away from it…take that…write it down…write poetry…write a letter…you don’t need to share it with anyone if you don’t want to!
The good…this worked for me! With this and an amazing husband I get through it. I don’t have a plethora of friends, but my SL friends are there for me…they are awesome! Things get a lot better from there, and I start to get truly excited. We start talking baby names and doing a room and things are great. Eventually I get just too big to work, and I can’t fly any more anyways, so I work a little from home, and await my pray to god not Christmas miracle. I spend more time online with my SL friends who keep me upbeat and socializing while off…so happy I had that. Christmas comes, Christmas goes…fwew. Well, hopefully not a New Years baby…I’m going to be a little selfish here…I don’t want my New Years committed for life lol. New Years comes, New Years goes…god I am fucking HUGE! My husband has taken a couple weeks off around the season, we figure it is a good idea…spend the time together with family, and welcome our baby at the same time…nope…he goes back to work. So I am sitting on SL trying to convince a sister from the MC that I am not in labour, refusing to admit it, and scared out of my mind…I am vibrating…even late, I am SOO not ready!! She calms me down and gets my husband home…we have a healthy baby girl who’s name changes from our plans as soon as I hold her (ooo…we didn’t know if it was going to be a boy or girl…we didn’t want to). Doesn’t matter what her name was supposed to be, as soon as I held her I said “hello Piper.” All the concerns and fear go away…it doesn’t matter…Happiest day of my life!