Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A very serious concern

A little background is needed so that you can fully understand my concern.

Grace was born on October 25, 2006 at 7:58 p.m. After three hours of back labor with no drugs, one of my first thought was, "LOST starts in two minutes. I wonder if they can get me in a room in time to see it." They didn't and I missed it. I still look at her sometimes and think, "You made me miss LOST."

I LOVE LOST. I watch it religiously. When it's over, I go to bed and think about it for hours. I read the message boards, I even comment sometimes. I read the blogs and comment often. When the writer's strike took it off the air, I wondered if there was a way to raise enough funds to bring the LOST writers back.

Are you getting it? Do you feel my addiction?

The reason for my current concern is that my sister Michelle is pregnant. She was due on Sunday. She wants me to be present for the birth of her son and to photograph her labor and delivery. My concern is multifaceted.

Many of you know a photographer friend of mine, Tabitha photographed Grace's birth. She is incredibly talented. And brave. A few weeks ago, I was looking at the photos from Gracie's birth and I saw one that made me go week in the knees and PIMMAL a little. It shows Grace crowning. It's not cropped or blurred or anything. It is what it is. A photograph of parts of me that I have never seen, with a babies face peeking out (Grace was sunny side up, so it is indeed her face). I saw it and thought, "How on earth am I going to take these kinds of pictures of my sister?" Besides the fact that my longest lens is 50mm, (which basically means that in order for me to get a close up like that, I will have to be standing right next to her doctor. Close enough to catch the baby.) I hate blood and I hate pain.

My concern grew when Sam cracked his head a few weeks ago and needed staples. I almost passed out while trying to clean his wound. Again, I wondered how I was going to pull being present at a birth off.

Today, my concern reached new heights when I realized that tomorrow is the two hour season finale of LOST. What is she goes into labor tomorrow? I called my sister and told her that if being at the birth of her son in any way conflicted with getting to watch LOST, I wasn't going to be able to make it. Know what? My crunchy, all natural, dread lock sporting sister understood. She proclaimed that she'd been thinking about it this morning and has decided that if she has to, she will get an epidural so that SHE can watch LOST.

I'm not sure which of us is a bigger fan.


Bethany said...

you all are funny

Michelle said...

Ok woah! There is a lot in there to analyze. haha.

I took pics of a friends birth and it all happened so fast I didn't even see what i was taking pictures of. I was on automatic. Maybe that'll happen to you. No fainting spells...

Re: Lost. I'm with ya. My boyfriend has been in NYC for a week and comes back tonight. I miss him. But LOST is on. Jeff. LOST. Jeff. LOST. hehe.

Enjoy tonight!!!

Sara Mincy said...

Crack me up!!!!! That sounds like how I used to be with 24....

About your comment to me about the paper on my fridge- it is just wrapping paper and has held up really well. I have no idea how to email responses from comments- how do you do that? Is is a certain setting you have to be on?

Les said...

you need a dvr box... I record all my shows and then watch them. You even get to fast forward all the commercials!

mommastantrum said...

This is why there are no "during" photos of Bacon's birth. I didn't want to see anyone coming out of any part of my body.

If he had been born on a night that made me miss LOST I never would have been able to forgive him. Fortunately, he was induced on a Tuesday so it was good.

Chaotic Joy said...

Hee hee hee. How did this turn out? Did you get to see it? We still haven't seen it because we have it DVR'd and haven't watched it yet. You really need DVR girl. It totally frees up your life.