Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

I was released from the hospital just a couple hours ago and I am so happy to be home. I was only gone 2 1/2 days, but anyone who has spent time in a hospital for an illness knows that it’s like this weird purgatory (or, plain old hell, if your circumstances are particularly dire) where time is totally wacked. Days and nights all sort of blend together and the only way to mark the passing of hours is by the cycle of shifting nurses. Add sleep deprivation, anxiety about the baby’s well-being as well as my own, being high on painkillers (and then in terrible pain when they wore off), and moving through three different rooms, and, well, it was a LONG 2 1/2 days. But now I’m home and I’m going to hope and pray I can get through these next few weeks of pregnancy without any more complications.

My plans for the weekend are to rest. And also rest. And watch Mad Men! Oh my God, I can’t believe it’s almost all over. What do you think will happen? Have you read this theory? A fan shared it a couple years ago and so far, it still remains a plausible scenario. We will soon see!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

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  • Lianne

    Lianne May 15, 2015, 3:29 pm

    That was an awesome read on the Mad Men theory – I hadn’t seen that yet. I need to watch last Sunday’s episode so I am ready for this week’s. I am so sad and excited at the same time.

    Also – so glad you are home, Wendy!! Rest up this weekend…

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy May 16, 2015, 5:43 am

      Thanks, I’ll try! Definitely looking forward to the Mad Men finale, but super sad it’s ending.

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  • Lady_Red

    Red_Lady May 15, 2015, 5:11 pm

    Oh good, I’m glad that you’re home Wendy! I hope that you are able to have a relaxing weekend and get lots of rest!

    I’m so excited for this weekend because tomorrow my baby boy is having his first sleepover at his grandparents house, which means my husband and I get a whole night to ourselves in a hotel room!
    Is it weird that I’m not really worried about leaving my kid? If anything, I’m worried my parents might not get much sleep, and feel kind of bad about that. But I’m so looking forward to a night alone with my husband, where we don’t have to worry about being interrupted by a crying baby. And I can drink all I want without worrying about getting my baby drunk. I’m not sure I’ve been this excited for a weekend in a very long time.

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      Dear Wendy May 16, 2015, 5:45 am

      Have fun!!
      Drew’s brother and his wife, who live about an hour away, offered to take Jackson for an overnight one weekend before the baby is born, which is super generous. I wouldn’t do any drinking of course, but it will be nice to sleep in and go out to dinner and see a movie and just rest and relax a bit before the chaos of adding a newborn to our mix.

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    Jane63 May 15, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Glad you are home and things are looking up! Here’s to a restful weekend. And margaritas soon!

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  • Portia

    Portia May 15, 2015, 5:50 pm

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better Wendy! That is really scary, especially while pregnant, I can’t imagine.
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    I’m graduating this weekend! I walk Monday and I’m debating wearing a tam, aka the funny floppy hat graduate students can wear. In case anyone’s wondering what that is, cue the funny stock photo of someone wearing a tam: http://q.dreniq.com/iq?i=SKENZO&k=6b2a32fdf781b2feb6d7985efdf645a6&d=www.graduation-caps-gowns.com&u=%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fimages-from-ACG%2FTam.jpg . What do you all think?

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    • Moneypenny

      Moneypenny May 15, 2015, 6:33 pm

      Ooh!! I wore a tam for my college graduation from art/design school! It was so fun. I loved it so much I kept it. I vote for the tam!!!

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      d2 May 15, 2015, 7:02 pm

      Tam! So much more stylish than the mortarboards.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy May 16, 2015, 5:45 am

      Congrats, and go with the tam!

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    • Portia

      Portia May 16, 2015, 11:43 am

      Yeah, everyone keeps telling me to wear the tam, I think I’ll go with it… And I’ll let you all know how it goes!
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      The most frequent story I’ve gotten is from people who didn’t go to their graduation and regretted it. After all the work that goes into getting a degree, it would suck to not being able to attend. With the Amtrak crash my trip got canceled and I needed to do some last minute travel plans, but I was going to find a way to go! I also can’t imagine not wanting to attend if you could.

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny May 15, 2015, 6:41 pm

    I’m glad you’re feeling better Wendy! Especially in time to be home for the weekend. I am so excited for Mad Men but also so sad that it’s the last episode! Even my avatar pic is of me after I got my hair done especially for a Mad Men party. (crazy 60’s french twist style.) I don’t want to overthink the end, but I’ve enjoyed reading all of the theories!
    I’m going out tonight with my cousin, who is in town from Milwaukee. I have another friend in town as well, and I’m hoping to hang out with her at some point this weekend. Otherwise, no plans. And no plans with hot gym dude- I’ve determined that, for whatever reason, he’s just not interested. Boo.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy May 16, 2015, 5:47 am

      What a dummy — his loss!

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      • Moneypenny

        Moneypenny May 17, 2015, 12:30 am

        Seriously! Harrumph.
        (Thanks, Wendy!)

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    Shanon May 15, 2015, 7:30 pm

    Glad you’re back home! I feel your pain! I’ve had 3 kidney stones (which are almost always accompanied by a nice infection as well) & they are the most painful things ever. They actually say they’re MORE painful than childbirth! Since you’ve experienced both, is that true?!

    I feel SO prepared now for the pain of birthing my future children lol. Jk!

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      Dear Wendy May 16, 2015, 5:54 am

      Hmm, well, I don’t feel like I can speak authoritatively on kidney stones since the one I had (still have?) is supposedly quite small (and I may have already passed it without knowing). I’ve heard the same thing about a kidney stone being as painful as childbirth, but my understanding of it is that the pain comes from when the jagged stone sort of cuts through your insides on the way to and through the bladder (and then, of course, on its way out). I didn’t/haven’t experienced that with a small stone. But I have had really nasty kidney infections (this current one is painful, but not the worst I’ve had). When I was pregnant with Jackson, I remember a nurse telling me that the pain I was feeling was akin to childbirth and, like you, I felt like I would be prepared then! But… no.
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      Even as horrible as that kidney infection pain was — and they are SO painful (and often are accompanied by vomiting and burning fevers and all that fun stuff), I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the pain of childbirth. I mean, I was delirious from the pain. But! For one thing, I wasn’t able to get an epidural and I hear that makes a huge difference. And I’ve talked to other women who also didn’t have epidurals and they describe their pain as pretty minimal/ manageable. Everyone is different, is what I’m saying. And I think every birth, even for the same woman, is different. I would say, in general, if you have survived three painful kidney stones and infections, you probably won’t be shocked by the pain of childbirth. Hopefully, you’ll be one of the lucky ones and it will be relatively easy for you!

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        SasLinna May 16, 2015, 12:46 pm

        As a woman who hasn’t given birth I’m always so curious about this. How do you (women who have given birth) feel about doing it again especially if you found it very painful the first time around? Is it scary or more like “I did it once, I can do it again”? (Obvs no need to answer, Wendy.) I can’t predict at all if I would get worried about childbirth pain during pregnancy or if it would only hit me in the moment. I find it really unsettling that the pain in childbirth could be unimaginably bad and that there’s no real preparation.

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        Dear Wendy May 16, 2015, 3:34 pm

        I’m pretty nervous about going through it again, and very anxious to be on the other side! Keeping fingers crossed things go smoothly, and I get to the hospital with enough time to get an epidural. But, of course, the most important thing is that baby is healthy.

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  • Cassie

    Cassie May 16, 2015, 11:50 am

    I’m also glad to hear you’re on the mend!

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    snoopy128 May 16, 2015, 5:10 pm

    Happy you are feeling better!

    Lots of family time this weekend. And thesis writing. And baking with rhubarb. My rhubarb patch at my cabin exploded while I was away and I can’t wait to make things. What are people’s favourite rhubarb recipe? I have a strawberry-rhubarb pie planned and some rhubarb curd. There’s also an interested rhubarb-bacon jam recipe floating around my pinterest.

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    • Moneypenny

      Moneypenny May 17, 2015, 12:37 am

      I love strawberry rhubarb! That’s about all I know about rhubarb recipes. But bacon sounds good too! (Maybe something with candied bacon?)

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        snoopy128 May 17, 2015, 1:33 pm

        Oh yum, I didn’t even thing about candied bacon. hmm..

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    jlyfsh May 16, 2015, 8:03 pm

    We just witnessed the worst date when we went out to eat. I told my husband I wished we could have traded the guy for a screaming toddler. He told a 45 min story, in which he kept telling the girl he was with to hush, he wouldn’t let her say anything. The story was about how someone else stole money and that’s how he lost his job and apartment. Then he talked about his most recent ex an 18 yr old French/Italian girl with the perfect hour glass figure. Then he got his phone out and showed her a picture! And then he talked about how to rest of his exes were crazy. He was so loud and talked the entire time we were there. Unfortunately the place has tables that are super close together so you can already hear more from your neighbor than usual. But, this guy was so loud. So loud! We left and they left a few min after and when they came out behind us he was still talking. I can’t get over the fact that he showed her a picture of his ex, because she was so hot and perfect.

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      scattol May 16, 2015, 11:03 pm

      So apparently now you know why he’s single. Wait, did you actually know this couple?

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        Anonymous May 17, 2015, 4:11 am

        hah no the tables are just so close together it’s like you’re sitting at the same table. and he was so loud.

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    • Moneypenny

      Moneypenny May 17, 2015, 12:35 am

      Oh my gosh, that sounds awful. Poor girl, having to listen to that.
      Quick bad-date story that’s similar- A couple of years ago I went out with this guy (friend of a friend’s boyfriend), and we went to this local pizza place that is casual and often full of loud people with kids, etc. Well, we wound up sitting in this area with -one- other person, a single, older woman (like, mid-70’s?). This guy, who was nice but… not right for me, proceeds to talk, a lot, about his background in biology, being published, etc, and I was being polite and listening, when all of the sudden, the woman near us was like, “Do you know how loud you are? Honey, if this is your first date, it’s isn’t going so well…” And we both looked at each other in surprise, and he was like, uh, well there’s nobody else around here so… sorry you’re pissed people are talking in a public place…
      And we proceeded to go to a bar to get a drink, and outside on the patio he gets a bit drunk and much louder than he already was and proceeds to tell me about the times he experimented with cocaine.
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      Good times.

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        jlyfsh May 17, 2015, 4:13 am

        haha i like her response. at least you have a good story out of it?

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