Monday, December 14, 2009

Oh, Pickles!

You know how in What to Expect When You're Expecting they talk about your water breaking and tell the story of the lady who carried around a jar of pickles in case her water broke in public so she could drop the jar and pretend that that was where the liquid came from? I keep thinking about that.

I'm sure that's an extreme case, and I know that I'm a little on the opposite extreme when it comes to being easily embarrassed, but I have to wonder, do women actually worry much about their water breaking in public (beyond the obviously awkward "Now what do I do?")? If it happened to me I can imagine that I might think or exclaim any of the following:

"Woo Hoo! My water broke!"
"Aaaak! My water broke!"
or
"How about that? My water broke!"

But NEVER:

"My water did NOT just break. This jar of pickles, on the other hand, Whoops! That broke! And most of the pickle juice? Oh! It splashed right up on my crotch and down my legs!"

Never that.

And I'd be happy for my water to break anywhere just now. Preferably at the hospital, though. Within the next few hours. . .

23 comments:

Annette Lyon said...

I've never heard the pickles story (maybe because I never read that book?), but I don't think I'd be embarrassed to that extent. I'd just high-tail it to the door, THRILLED my water broke, and/or make sure everyone within a mile radius knew I was having my baby.

Unfortunately, the women in my family have tough membranes of any kind. We always have to have our water broken at the hospital. Never breaks on its own, darn it.

Hope you find yourself with a little one in your arms real soon!

Susan said...

rotflol (sorry, it's nearly true!)

Heidi Ashworth said...

Oh my goodness, that's right! You're so soon! Good luck and what a wonderful Christmas present! (Hilarious post, by the way)

Nance said...

I was always terrified of my water breaking in public... but not to the extent that I would carry pickles around with me. I always envisioned it happening as I walked into Target and got a cart. My birth class teacher assured me that your water breaking is actually super rare. Ha! With my first, my water broke and they had to admit me to the hospital and induce me. Luckily, I was overdue and just hanging out at home when my water did finally break.

Barbaloot said...

Pickles, huh? I think I'd just rather stay home and not risk it:) Hope you're in the hospital soon with a new baby!!

Kazzy said...

Funny story! I am SO excited for you and wish for a quick and healthy delivery any minute now. :)

CaJoh said...

Never heard of pickles. Hope you're in the hospital so that you don't have to worry about it.

Congratulations on your little pickle— that is what you are naming it right…

Lara said...

I always found the pickle excuse hilarious. And you prove how absurd it is!

My friend actually did have her water break (in an amazing way...no little leak for her) in the grocery store. It's a pretty funny story.

Here's hoping yours breaks soon!

Kimberly said...

I've always wondered about that pickle lady. She sounded awfully troubled to me.

My water broke at home with my first...but I was laying bed and reading a book at the time. Emma had been doing womb acrobatics so I was surprised and yet not surprised when she head butted my pelvis and whoosh!

Hope it happens soon for you!

What the Hecklinger?! said...

I would not care in the slightest--it's the miracle of life people! (and the extra miracle is, if it happens NOT at your house, you don't have to care one whit about how it gets cleaned up!) I have always wondered what it would be like to be sitting in church and have your water break though. They always have to break my water at the hospital. Usually after I tell them it won't happen on it's own. Then out comes the baby! Good luck with yours!

Melanie J said...

My water broke with both of my kids but only once in public. And it's definitely more of a big leak than a huge gush so it worked out okay. Tell your baby to hurry and come out!

Carlynn said...

Pickles? Yikes!

Wishing you a quick delivery and a happy little baby...As soon as the time is right for you both! ;)

L.T. Elliot said...

I was lucky enough to have my water broken for me. Twice. That happens with twins. ;)
Hoping you get a healthy new baby for Christmas!

Erin said...

I'm praying for you. I hope you go into labor very soon. What a fun Christmas present!

Becky said...

What!? You're that close to a beautiful new baby? That was a quick nine months. Probably because it wasn't me, yeah? ;)

I wasn't in public when it happened, but with Millie, when my water broke, I yelled out, "Finally!!! It's over!" My husband was a little shocked. Of course, it was 5:30 in the morning, so maybe that's why.

Good luck, good luck, good luck!

That Girl said...

HA!

That pickle story was always more than a little ridiculous to me.

Erin said...

That was hilarious. Glad you still have your fantastic sense of humor intact while playing the waiting game.

Thora said...

Hope your water does break soon! Although I thought the pickles story was ridiculous, I have to admit I've always wondered what I would do if my water broke in a public place - which thankfully hasn't happened.

Hope you have your baby - hey, maybe even already!

Moody said...

I heard a story about a lady who was self concious about her breasts leaking and was at the store when a man stopped her and told her milk was leaking...she of course, grabbed her breasts, but he was referring to the carton in her cart! Anyway, the pickle story reminded me of it. Hope you don't have to wander around carry a conspicuous jar of pickles too much longer! LOL

Gwen said...

My friend almost killed her husband with their first baby when he took to packing garbage bags in the glove compartment in the car. HE was terrified her water would break in the car and damage his seats...it didn't occur to him that by the time it happened, the garbage bags would be to late...or that they would be more likely used to store his mutilated body after it had been ravaged by his raging, 9 month pregnant wife.

Husband, wife and baby survived :-) good luck!

Sue Q said...

HYSTERICAL!!!! I wish I had thought of that -- but then, my water never broke. It leaked, which was worse.

We're keeping our fingers crossed for you! By the way, do you know if it's a boy or a girl? Any guesses?

Alison Wonderland said...

According to the nurse with my last, your water only breaks on it's own about 25% of the time (well, not YOUR water necessarily but, you know...) Mine did three out of four. And it almost never does the big whoosh of fluid, at least not without some warning. Mine did twice. And had I been in public I probably would have been somewhat embarrassed but I can honestly say i never worried about it. I'm not sure I ever even thought about it, I have enough to worry about.

I'm thinking wet thoughts for you.

Melissa Bastow said...

I did actually go through labor with my first (although all of my kids were born via c-section.) Man did my water GUSH. TWICE in a matter of minutes. I'm really glad that I had been carrying both of those pickle jars at the time or it would have been horrifically embarrassing.

You better post pictures of the new baby when you have it...her...him.