Tuesday, August 26, 2008

cry me a river

I cried today.

Two separate times.

Not just a little tender "misting of tears"... Oh nooooooo. That would be far too lady-like and NORMAL.

We're talkin' serious crying. The Snot-Runnin'-Mascara-Drippin'-Tammy-Faye-Shameless-Ugly-Face kind of crying.

It was nothing short of ridiculous.

If you've been pregnant before, you know that this hormonally-stimulated type of crying is the kind you can't just "shut off" at will. It likes to stick around for awhile. When it finally ends 30 minutes later, you'll find that you've not only cried about the silly thing that started the blubbering, but about everything sad that has ever happened in your life as well.

Pregnancy crying is guaranteed to happen over the most insignificant things and during the most inappropriate times...Inappropriate times like while you're shopping in the juice aisle at the grocery store, watching a random episode of The Gilmore Girls, or shopping for light fixtures in Lowes. It could even happen (hypothetically) while you are in a STINKING STAFF MEETING surrounded by your friends, boss, and colleagues.

People generally do one of two things in response to this highly inappropriate and unexpected behavior:

1. Give you understanding, sympathetic smiles and say things like, "oh honey".
This response, although very sweet, only serves to illicit more unwanted tears and snottage.
2. Give you a perplexed, confused look (You know, like just landed here from Mars. Or is it Venus? Who cares...).

I can't decide which response is more favorable.

The especially repugnant part of this obnoxious kind of "fluid leakage" is that there are NO warning signs that said leakage is about to occur. It just sneaks up on you and leaves you thinking in horror, "Oh no! Not now, not now, not now! Please, please, please!!!"

I've discovered that fighting it is useless. It can't be stopped and definitely "...won't be ignored, Dan".

The only thing to do?

Embrace it.

That's what I did today. DURING A STINKIN' STAFF MEETING. Ugh.

Pregnancy rocks.


Mommy of Tyler and Chase said...

Who says big cries are only for pregnant gals! Call anytime you want a friend who can boo hoo with you over the most irrational things;) Miss you...love Colin

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

I remember before I was pregnant, a preggo friend of mine told me how she fell apart and sobbed for 30 minutes because her hubby did not bring her fries from Jack in the Box. I looked at her in amazement, thinking she was a little crazy.

Then I got pregnant. And I COMPLETELY understood. You are so right...you just have to embrace it. :)

Kristen said...

I remember and understand! I blubbered like an idiot in front of our mission board as we were interviewing with them! Kevin just looked at me and asked what my problem was. I told him I couldn't help it!

Becky Lollar said...

Girl--I'm like that all the time and I'm not even pregnant!!

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