Can you tell where my mind is these days?!?!
As a side note: I’ve been feeling super anxious and overwhelmed these last few days. Although I’m slowly checking things off my list, my body is every bit of eight months pregnant and not always on board with my plans… I’ve been frustrated and mad at myself for worrying so much (which has the opposite effect of productivity mind you) and at the same time stressed and busy trying to actually DO stuff. Then, yesterday, I came across a post I wrote at almost this exact time during my pregnancy with Sam, and – I kid you not – I could publish the whole thing here today and it would still be 100% accurate. I don’t know why exactly, but I found a strange comfort in knowing that this is, apparently, just par for the course for me (and lots of people? maybe?) during this stage of pregnancy… It’s nothing new. And, good news, I got pretty much everything done in time for Sam’s birth, and we totally survived. 😉 So I feel a little better today… I still want to do all the things (y’all should see my insane list making skills right now), and I don’t think that pressure will pass until D-day; but, I am trying to forgive myself a little and keep things in perspective…
My friend Pryor (who also happens to be a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner) sent that quote to me in an email this week, and it totally resonated. Pregnancy is hard on us Type-A/control-freak types (I mean, it’s hard on everyone, but you know what I mean). I can’t just make myself carefree about it – as much as I might want to or know that is better – but I can give myself grace and allow God to teach me and work in me through it. Good stuff.
ANYWAY, on to the matter at hand today… Thank you gifts for the labor & delivery nurses at the hospital. This seems to be a growing trend among new moms lately (at least in the blog world), and I’m debating whether or not to jump on the wagon myself…
I didn’t do this when I delivered Sam, but I did have some wonderful care during my FOUR DAY hospital stay after he was born and always wished I had done more to show the nurses how much I appreciated them. I know it’s their job to take care of patients, but some of the things they do I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy! Haha! Plus, I’ve always felt kind-of a kindred connection with nurses as a teacher. I can’t really pinpoint the similarities in our jobs, but I guess just the fact that we both serve people, give a lot more than just our minds to our job, and don’t really get the compensation or thanks we probably deserve. I get paid big bucks (ha!) to love other people’s kids, teach them English, and grade their papers, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a special thank you once in a while. I imagine nurses feel much the same way…
SO, did you do this when you delivered? If so, what did you give? I’m leaning more towards a gift basket type of thing – something that can just sit at the nurses’ station for all to enjoy – since I won’t know exactly how many or which nurses will be there, but I’m open to suggestions. Maybe just cookies or donuts?
Also, NURSES (I know you are out there?!?), what would you really WANT to receive as a thank you gift? Please be honest!
Thanks for your input… Now back to lesson planning my life away!
P.S. Today’s the last day to enter the give away Heather and I are running from The Animal Print Shop. Don’t miss it!!