I attended two births this week, both amazing and challenging in very different ways. It's been a lesson in patience and trust because you see, I was scheduled to leave for vacation today. When the week started, I was unsure how I would get the family ready for a week at the beach while also acting as the neighborhood Super Nanny AND attend two births (hopefully not in the same day).
I had to practice what I preach about deep breathing and staying relaxed. I tried all week to not get too anxious about the unknowns ahead. I prayed for peace.
Lastnight, just hours from our vacation departure time, I got a call from an overdue client and suddenly, I was hopeful. It was a long night of pouring myself out to this sweet tender couple. We celebrated together as they welcomed their second son into the world just after 8am this morning. I was beat, but the day must go on. Two hours of deep sleep later, the boys and I (Dan is meeting us on Lake Michigan in a few days) were on our way to Indiannaoplis, our first pit stop.
Before I got that call last night, I was pretty mad about the possibility of missing my yearly family vacation because of work. I love what I do, but sometimes, the planner in me writhes in the face of my unpredictable schedule. It all comes along with the job, though. As I greive missing out on big family events, my clients often grieve the loss of a birth plan, a hope, a need. My job requires me to surrender, not only to the sponteneity of my days but to the random events of labor. I have to be ready for anything at the drop of a hat.
This time, I am thankful to have assisted in a wonderful healthy birth AND be able to go on vacation. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it, too?? I don't always get a happy ending to a very stressful week and I plan on soaking this one up!
Blogging is usually one of my pre-scheduled super organized hobbies in my life. Not this week. I'm on vacation, woo hoo!!!!
Just random thoughts from a sleep deprived mama.