Thursday, June 23, 2011

Stretch, Yawn

I feel like a big cat.
A lioness, if you will.
And I'm in this dark room.
All curled up in a ball.  Sleeping.  Preserving my energy.
A sort of survival mode.
All of a sudden, I feel a presence in the room.
I'm too tired to fully open my eyes but I can make out a figure walking by me in the darkness.
Suddenly, a light is FLIPPED on.
My eyelids slowly start to flutter, gradually letting the light stream in.
I stretch out my front legs.  Nice long stretch.
My front paws spread apart as I reach, Reach, REACH as far as I can.
Then comes a long yawn.  A big gasp of air is exactly what I need to wake up.

Turns out that bright light is connected to a long, flexible bend-y thing.
Think a very, expensive reading light.
It's attached to a doctor's bed. I am there on the bed.  Human this time, not cat.
The light is shining down on me and is waking me up from my 10 week, 2 day slumber.
Then I notice Joe to my left leaning over me, totally crowding me.
I swear he doesn't realize that I'm there.
He's looking past me.  At a monitor.
It's almost like he's cheering the screen on.
Big eyes. Mouth agape.
It looks like he's watching Croatia.  Up for a penalty kick in the World Cup finals with a 1-1 tied score.
Then I look to my right and see the screen for myself.
This is way better than soccer.

A little flutter on the screen.
And this teddy bear-like image going crazy.
Arms waving.
Legs flailing.
Turning this way. Turning that way. Somersault. Flip.
I'm thinking, 'This is why I've been so nauseous.  This little bundle of energy has been spinning donuts inside of me.  Kicking up dust.  Partying like a rock star.'
I hear Joe make a comment about being a great triathlete.
Then I look at him and see him for the first time as a proud father.
We're watching his/my/our little lion cub for the first time.

Presenting Baby Madzar!


Perpetual Blind Date said...

This was so beautifully written! Congratulations to the both of you! What an exciting time in your lives!

Robin said...

We are SO beyond excited for you two (I mean three)! I've been waiting for this post ;)

Tanner and Andrea said...

oh i just love this post. i am SO excited for you guys... this is such great news... being a baby just completes everything.
congrats mel! p.s. i was so sick too... take lots of zofran. :)

Tanner and Andrea said...

lol. i meant *having a baby... * but being a baby does too. ha

Faye said...

I have been patiently waiting for this post!! Love the poem, love the story! So excited for you guys! Love you!

Shauna said...

AHAHHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHHHHH........YEAH!!!!!!! oh man, congratulations you guys. I AM SOOOOOO happy for the two of you. get ready for a new life. a better one. a much better one. when you look in those new little eyes, all of life will finally make sense. it's the reason your here!! you're gonna be amazing parents. i'm so happy. can't wait to hear all the pregnancy details? how are ya.

Shauna said...

did i mention i was SOOOO happy for you guys...oh yeah, i guess i did;)

Heather said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! So happy and excited for you both! Can't wait for Baby Madzar! Love ya and hope you are feeling better soon Mel.