28 March 2012

Gestating, please hold

Not so long ago, I had a Very Serious discussion with my husband about a Big Decision that our family needs to make. He was, as always, appropriately empathetic as well as cautiously solution-oriented. And like the rational person that he is, he tactfully (like the wise man that he is) suggested that perhaps the throes of early pregnancy, in the midst of household illness, were not the best time to finalize decisions like these.

Since there is, or at one time was, a rational bone (or at least some quasi-reasonable cartilage) somewhere in my body, I could see his point. Hormones, fatigue, nausea and emesis, sleepless nights with sick and cranky kids…

But, OK, so I’ll eventually have this baby and not be pregnant anymore. Why, I’ll be postpartum! Maybe that would be a good time to make big decisions! And then after I’m postpartum, I’ll be endlessly nursing and chasing, and in all likelihood, people will be sick again! And then….well, the whole thing might just start all over again!

Yeah, so, I guess I’m just kinda wondering when exactly I can expect to be right-minded enough to make a responsible, rational decision about anything more important than what’s for supper on a given day. And I’m coming yet again to the disturbing conclusion that this—whatever point on the continuum this happens to be at the time—is as good as it gets.

20 years, that is.

8 comments:

Rebekah said...

I love Very Serious discussions. I especially love that my husband never knows I'm having one.

Gauntlets said...

And when we're done having babies, we'll be menopausal! Whee!

Leah said...

A few of us women at my church had an ongoing joke for a few years, "When things get back to normal, we'll do [whatever]." Then we would laugh it to scorn.

Cathy said...

Gestation diverts the nourishment normally sent to your brain to other parts of your anatomy. What other explanation can there be? My youngest is almost fifteen, and I sometimes think I'm starting to feel those brain cells working again...I think.
Rebekah, I love that.
Gauntlets, It wasn't as bad as I thought.
Leah: Paraphrased from Henry the IV: You and I cannot be confined within the weak list of a country's normal: we are the makers of normal.

Reb. Mary said...

:D

Gauntlets said...

Cathy, you keep telling me how everything is fine and going to be fine. I cannot hear it too much.

Elizabeth said...

Thank goodness! And here I thought I was the only one struggling to put together a cognitive sentence, let alone a rational argument. I do keep wondering when I'll have the ability to rub two thoughts together again....

Anonymous said...

Excellent point! I think we women were supposed to make *all* the important decisions *before* we got married (like at age 10) and then never deviate, of course.

Jane S.