Saturday, September 02, 2006

How I spent my summer vacation

(Warning: Don't scroll down if you're having a bad day.)

As summer winds down to its unofficial close this rainy Labor Day weekend, I find myself thinking about how quickly this summer has gone by. It always does--it's my favorite time of year, after all--but this year it seems especially cruel that summer is over, because I haven't enjoyed any of the traditional pleasures of the season.

The summer started off with a bang, with a Memorial Day weekend IUI. Followed almost immediately by nearly a month of unbelievable bloating. That was June. July was the month of spotting. And nausea. And bleeding. And more bleeding. As for August, who could forget this past week's fun with contractions?

I have not been to the beach one single time this whole summer. I have not taken any trips, except for a three-day business trip in June and a visit to the in-laws', which do not count. I haven't worn a skimpy sundress to a rooftop barbecue, gone jogging in the sultry summer twilight, or attended a concert in the park. I haven't had any occasions to slather sunscreen on my pale, hairy belly. I've eaten maybe four ears of fresh corn, boiled while still warm from the sun, and made exactly one batch of garlicky pesto. Not once have I sat at a sidewalk cafe, wearing big sunglasses and sipping a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc, or a frosty margarita, or a fruit-filled sangria, or an icy Corona with the mouth-puckering tang of lime juice coating the mouth of the bottle...sorry, where was I?

So as far as summer fun, 2006 has pretty much been a bust. But would I do it all over again? Has my summer of bloating, bleeding, and bed rest been worth it?

Why, yes. Yes, I must say that it has.


Blogger MsPrufrock said...

The earlier ultrasounds always make me chuckle, as the head of the fetus is so huge in comparison to the rest of its body. P was all head in her first few ultrasounds. Lemme tell you, it certainly feels that way when you're getting it out.

Yup, that's my optimism for today.

5:55 PM  
Blogger TeamWinks said... precious!

8:23 PM  
Blogger Rachel Inbar said...

Definitely worth it :-) Can't wait to hear you write about next summer :-)

5:29 AM  
Blogger MoMo said... looks like a baby!! How awesome..I always wonder if it stops looking like an alien, seeing your photo makes me believe! I am so happy for you!!

8:36 PM  
Blogger K77 said...

Awww there's a BABY in there,hooray!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Plain Jane Mom said...

What a sweet profile, and look at that ear -- congratulations!

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Kath said...

Dear Electriclady, what a great love letter -- and what a great picture! I am sorry to read about the scare and the bed rest business, but on the other hand I am so glad you're being monitored so thoroughly.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

What a cute little picture!! I'm with you, I haven't done much this summer but when I saw my little man on ultrasound my heart just melted and while I haven't had near the complications you have I knew I would do it all over again and more just to have him here!!

Here's to hoping the fall finds things a little calmer for you!!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Ornery said...

What a beauty! Thanks for sharing the pic!

3:56 PM  

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