A Laughing Kind of LaborThursday, February 10th, 2011
I had such a great day today. I was with a family having their second baby and they were especially excited and happy. Labor, of course isn’t generally a time of laughter but this mom was so astounded that she was in labor (she was a couple of weeks early) and so surprised at how quickly it was happening that between each contraction she laughed and kept saying “I can’t believe it”.
The best part was that they didn’t know whether they were having a boy or a girl. They had a boy at home and she was pretty convinced that this was another boy. As it turned out, they had a girl and the laughter just continued. The warmth and the happiness that filled the room was pure love. I feel connected in a way that is so unique and I am forever grateful for it. It keeps me very, very grounded.
Lately, I have been with a number of couples that have chosen not to find out whether they are having a boy or a girl. Some years ago, it seemed as though everyone wanted to find out what the sex of their baby was. Then it changed to be about 50/50 – who found out and who didn’t. In recent times, it seems as though more and more couples are waiting to be surprised. Of course, it is a surprise no matter when you find out but I have to think that the new trend (to wait until the baby is born) has something to do with us all needing more happy surprises in our lives.