Thank God It’s Friday and I’m Not in the Hospital! After spending two of the last three Fridays stuck in a hospital, I’m thrilled to not only be at home this weekend, but also feeling much, much better. Wow, what a rough few weeks it was, but I think/hope/pray I’m over the worst of it now. Last weekend was very dramatic and after a horrible experience in the hospital where I was set to give birth in October — the only hospital where my OB delivers babies — I had to scramble all week to find a new doctor and new hospital — one where I might actually get a room with a bed when I’m in labor! — which is not an easy feat when you’re almost 30 weeks pregnant. But after fielding lots of recommendations (thanks to those of you who shared yours) and many hours on the phone, I think I’ve found someone good. Hopefully, things will be smooth sailing from here on out (knock on wood!), and when I hold my baby in my arms for the first time, all this drama will have been worth it (I’m sure it will).
Now! For this weekend’s open thread. Earlier this week, we had a letter from a woman who wasn’t happy when her boyfriend neglected to give her a gift for her birthday, which got me thinking about all the ways our significant — and maybe not-so-significant — others can disappoint or impress us on our birthdays and other special occasions. I don’t just mean gifts — although that can be a big part of it — but all the ways someone can express (or hold back) sentiment when it’s important to us. To that end, I’m wondering what stories you have of some of the best (and worst) ways a significant other — a long-time love or someone you’d just started dating — celebrated your birthday. Did you ever dump someone over bad birthday treatment? Or, maybe you were even dumped on your birthday? Did a great gift or gesture ever seal the deal for you? Let’s hear your stories!