Delivery_Queen’s Weblog

I have been reading a book called Living With Confidence In A Chaotic World By Dr. David Jeremiah. Have you ever wondered what should you do in times of distress or difficulty? From the recent economic crisis to natural disasters. It makes you think….What’s coming next? What can you do to deal with life and its many challenges? The book breaks it down into 10 simple and easy chapters. Each chapter shares stories of people and their successes through some of life’s greatest difficulties. In order to live with confidence in this world, we must be willing to take the necessary steps to rebuild our lives from the ground up. We must make a commitment to better ourselves and the lives of others by following God’s plan for us. This may not always be apparent to some. But to others the answers can be found in the good book …..the Bible. Dr David Jeremiah’s book is a handbook to get you started on the right path. I highly recommend this book to those who have been searching for answers to some of life’s most difficult questions.

I was loading up my car with groceries when the lady next to my car said…..”I know you….Didn’t you used to work at the hospital? I responded yes and that I had quit. She said to me …….”You were my favorite nurse.” I had a great conversation with both her and her husband. It’s funny how after almost 4 years since I quit my job people still remember me. I ended up giving her my business card. I know that I will be hearing from her. Although I may not remember all the patients I have ever taken care of, I know that the care that I gave them reflected my core values of a nurse. The patients could see that I really did care for their well being. Sometimes I do get emotional when I think that I can never be a labor and delivery nurse again. Being a labor and delivery nurse inspired me to help at risk young mothers and women who have experienced the loss of their babies through miscarriage or still birth. Yes there are days when I miss that. But for today I am just another ordinary human being.

One of life’s little surprises is due to arrive sometime this September. I won’t be there for the blessed event due to prior engagements and family responsibilities. It’s no surprise to the woman who is expecting that she will finally get to experience the role of becoming a  new mom. I am already working on a care package to be sent out to her and her significant other. I started this week on tackling a knitted baby sweater. It seems to be taking forever. I am only on row 23 and this is just the practice sweater. The real one will be made in beautiful shades of pink. The sweater I have on my knitting needles will more than likely be donated to a crisis center for new mothers. I found this wonderful place that gives new mothers a full outfit for the baby and a new diaper bag when the mothers come in with proof that they had a baby. During these times of difficult economics, every little bit can help a new mother deal with her newborn child. If you want to tackle your own little surprise, try and make one of these….

http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Baby_Surprise_Jacket

Donate them to your favorite charity. They will truly be surprised!!!!

I saw you hold your baby for the very first time. When you weren’t looking, I noticed the tears in your eyes. For the past nine months you watched your baby grow within it’s mother’s womb. Every day from this day forward will bring you many moments and opportunities. Some will bring you laughter and joy. Others will bring you worry and concern. But it is all part of being a father. Whether you are ready or not, this is your job……..  To love your child with all your heart, to raise your child up to fulfill his/her destiny, to be a family each and every day. Happy Father’s Day!!!!

I recently had a conversation with a friend on the West coast who will be expecting a baby in a few short months. The topic lead to bonding with baby. I asked her if she was going to breastfeed her baby and she replied yes. I would personally have to say that is one of the best things a woman can do for her baby. It can be one of the most personal and bonding experiences a woman will ever have with her child. The next best thing would have to be kangaroo care for preterm infants. Kangaroo care is the practice of when a mother or father of a preterm infant holds the diapered baby on their chest. This promotes skin to skin contact between infant and parent. Another way to promote bonding would be the fine art of baby wearing. Baby wearing using a sling appears to calm fussy babies. The baby is snug in a sling it feels like it is in utero once again.

http://www.modimes.org/prematurity/21295_6090.asp

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/5/t051100.asp#T051103

Sometimes it’s not the labor nurse who is giving an encouraging word but the patient themselves. I recently came across a notepad from work. I had on the very first line these words…… A very wise patient once told me……You are where you belong. It must have been a quiet night that night. I read and laughed at my amusing writing with a friend. Together we remembered the “good” old days. When the old timers, the nurse’s with more seniority, ruled the unit. That is when the younger bunch of us got the worst room assignments. My friend remembers when I would be given the farthest assignments down the hallway. She remembers me waddling uncomfortably carrying my fourth baby. It was a difficult time for me. Yet I survived. Fast forward to today. I told her about a position that’s open for LDRP but…….It’s part time and it’s midnight shift. I have had it with the midnight shift. I worked it for 17 years of my life. I want a day job. And then suddenly the words came out of my mouth…….I do have a job called MOM. Reflecting back to the words the patient told me…..You are where you belong. Yes, I am. I am where I belong. Right now I am not a labor nurse but I am a mother. I do not get paid the wages of a nurse. I get paid in endless hugs and kisses. Now that is truly priceless.

As I was waiting for my son’s school bus this morning, I thought to myself……. I wonder when am I going to see the first robin. Minutes later I saw one perched up on a tree. It started to burst out in a cheery morning hello to my son and I. All of a sudden I heard my son say……. Mom I think it’s an eagle. I burst out laughing. No it’s not an eagle my son. It’s a robin. I would love to be able to soar like an eagle high above the majestic skies. But for today I’ll settle for being like a robin……Enjoying a nice spring like day.