Wednesday, May 13, 2009
What If . . .
I'm catching the little guy's cold and I feel like crap. Being 38+ weeks pregnant, I'm getting nervous about being sick while delivering baby boy #2. What exactly happens in those instances? Do I have to wear a mask so the baby won't get sick? Won't that freak him out? The first time he sees his mom, I'll have a mask over my face like Michael Jackson. Even I'm freaked out just thinking about it. Will I be strong enough to push during labor? I imagine the adrenaline will kick in and I won't even feel like I have a cold. But what if I'm wrong? I can "what if" all day when it comes to illness. I'm a bit of a hypochondriac. I know - not good when you have children. I was hoping I'd be over it by now, but I don't think I am. I knew it would be inevitable that I would get his cold. Even dear hubby started sneezing last night. He's usually immune to everything, but it seems the little guy can take the big guy down. So I started looking up similar stories online about women who were sick with colds during labor. I read about one woman who coughed during labor and the baby's head popped out. I'm conflicted about that. On the one hand, that was easy. On the other, that freaks me out. When I was sick all winter (and I do mean all winter) with a sinus infection, I would feel afraid at times that I was pushing the baby down with all my coughing. If I start coughing now, I will be paranoid the child's head will suddenly appear. Talk about being freaked out. Then I worry about the little guy being sick around a newborn. How does that work? Do I have to keep them away from each other? Talk about bad first experience - for both of them. What about the hubby? Can he hold the baby? What about my mom? She's so susceptible to everything I'll be afraid to let her in my hospital room if I'm still sick. See what I mean? I can literally go on all day with this. Best to just sit tight and wait it out. If you wait long enough, things tend to work themselves out. At least that's what I'm telling myself right now. But what if I'm wrong?