Thursday, October 20, 2011
baby's first plane ride. mama's first panic attack?
i think i might even have the guts to call myself brave. i remember when i found out i would be having a c-section, i went home and you-tubed myself up a few procedures to watch and as they demonstrated the slicing and pulling and destroying they were planning to do, i should have been terrified, but what i really felt when i left the computer was "meh".
thanks to my dad, i will ride any roller coaster you want to take me on. no problem. i actually have a really hard time being understanding towards those who won't (i know, i know, i'm sorry). i mean, it's a roller coaster. you aren't going to fall out and you certainly aren't going to die, so what's the big deal? don't even get me started on roller coasters that happened to be located at a little old place called lagoon, because i have some strong opinions.
the other day i was watching "18 kids and counting" (or is it "20 kids or counting" now?) (21 kids and counting?)...
the other day i was watching "we have a ton of kids and counting" and it was an episode where two of the older girls have to go in to get their wisdom teeth out. the oldest girl takes it like a champ. sure, she's nervous, but overall her attitude is a whole lot of "well, i'll be under the entire time so?"
the younger daughter, though. the younger daughter was a wreck. and i know she's only 15 or 16 or whatever (and i was more afraid of my wisdom teeth extraction at that age, too) but she was crying and shaking and sobbing and terrified of being put under and terrified of the shot and terrified of everything, and (here is my insensitivity about to come through) the whole time i just wanted to shout "pull yourself together, girl!" because wisdom teeth? no big deal. c-section? you can't feel a thing (granted recovery was a beast!). root canal? a little bit of pain, but also, exciting!
if you want to talk about something that's truly scary, let's talk about taking a 9 month old on a 12 hour red-eye and then expecting her to re-adjust to a new time zone and take all of her naps in a stroller for the next ten days, because HELLO! I AM TERRIFIED!!
i've been having nightmares and lock-jaw episodes (from clenching my jaw in nervousness while i sleep) and even the sickly stomach butterflies i used to get as a kid, because friends, i've never done anything like this before!
we leave later today and before i gussy up the living room for my house guest and wash the dishes that are in the sink, i thought i'd come here to ask you for your wisdom.
what's your best plane ride with a baby tip? what's your best traveling with a baby tip? do i change her diaper at my seat, or in the bathroom? is there a changing table in the bathroom? if she doesn't feel like nursing during takeoff and landing, will her ears explode with pain, or will she be fine?
will i annoy everyone to death if i let her play with her toys in the isle? what if she needs to watch an episode of mickey mouse clubhouse on the ipad...can i leave the volume on? what if she won't sleep? what if it's 2am and she is screaming and the other passengers are threatening to throw her out the window?
i mean, really you guys, WHAT THEN?!