Saturday, November 29, 2008 7:36 PM
Current mood: silly
Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities
Current mood: content
I was told not to write this. I don't care. I was up until 1:30 this morning thinking and obsessing about it, knowing that if I just wrote it all out, I'd feel better, so that's what I'm doing. Please feel free to stop reading at any time.
The recent campaign for presidency was intense. Emotions were high on all sides. I spent a lot of my own personal time and energy focused on it. It was an endeavor I was passionate and excited about. I am more delighted in the outcome than you could even imagine. However, I know what it's like to be on the other end of that. All too well. The last 2 election cycles have NOT gone in my favor and I was devastated. However, I have never and would never ridicule someone I considered a friend for their beliefs and I respect their need for time in healing hurt pride. Yes, I'm going to celebrate something that I see as a victory for America and the world, but I understand why you might not be celebrating the same way that I am (yet;) ).
One of the most attractive qualities I find in the new president-elect is his understanding in that. His ability to be above all of the petty, negative personal attacks throughout the entire campaign (including the primaries) and to never stoop to that level. It's something so rare in politics and even rare in everyday life. It's a quality I've seen admired greatly by all sides of the political spectrum, not just by democrats.
I AM a democrat, completely and entirely. I was not raised knowing what the word meant or actually knowing anything about politics whatsoever, but through A LOT of research in the things that are important to me and recognizing what my core beliefs are, I know this is true. That's not to say that I have extreme leftist views on everything, there are many things I tend to be moderate on and even some things (such as abortion) where I even lean a little more to the right. I always listen to all sides though before making up my mind. I do NOT appreciate people making assumptions on my beliefs either just because I identify myself as a democrat. You have a question about one of my beliefs? ASK ME! I will try to explain it the best I can! Don't gossip with other people saying "oh, she thinks this" or "she thinks that". As a matter of fact, don't bring my name up in any conversation with other people period if you don't have anything nice to say! Especially people who don't even know me! Just because you know a couple things about me, doesn't mean you have me all figured out! SOME people aren't that transparent!
There is so much anger... and over what? I can't help but to always think of people who have REAL problems when I'm confronted time and time again with people who get angry about every little thing. Think about it and put your problems in perspective.
What have I done that makes you angry at me? Really think about it!! Got it? Okay, now TELL ME! Seriously, right now. I know who reads this so if you have a problem with me and are reading this, I will expect a response from you. Send me a message, pick up the phone, drive to my house, I don't care, just tell me, because I would ABSOLUTELY want to hear it. Even if it's not about politics. I can handle it. My hunch is that you can't come up with anything (but if I'm wrong, by all means, please tell me) because you're not really angry at ME or anyone else who voted for a particular candidate, but perhaps you're angry in general because things are beyond your control. My suggestion? Focus your anger on something constructive. Find another way to deal with it than taking it out on your family and friends!
For example, if you are truly angry about the current state of the election, join a group of people who support your point of view and get involved! Even if nothing changes for you in the next election cycle, at least you could feel like you did everything in your power to make it happen. And if it doesn't mean that much to you, THAN WHY ARE YOU SO ANGRY ABOUT IT!? I guess that's what frustrates me the most. People who don't really care, yet they still get angry when things don't go their way. That and the inability to separate politics or any personal opinions with the people they represent, and instead be able to look at a person as a whole. There are people who identify themselves as republicans who I am friends with and there are people who are democrats who I am NOT friends with. That does not define who I like or dislike. If you are friends with me BEFORE you know my political views and then, finding out that I'm a democrat, no longer want to be friends with me, even though NOTHING else has changed, I find that really sad. I wish you luck in finding good friends who are exactly like you in each and every way!
I know not everyone out there is like this. This isn't for everyone. But, if any of this is true for you, please think about it! This isn't for a particular person out there either, but rather for an entire group of people.
And I will be waiting for your messages...
Current mood: loved
ARE YOU A PROUD MOMMY?
Age you had your child?
Are/were you married?
Yes, we wanted to be married before we started trying!
When did you find out you were pregnant:
February 15th, the day after Valentine's day
Who did you tell first about the pregnancy: Jason! Then Jacki!
What was the father's reaction?
A little stunned at first, I had just woken him up and it was still pretty early in the morning. But by the end of the day he was calling people and saying "guess what, I'm going to be a dad!" :)
How did you feel about the pregnancy?
I was soooo excited, but so scared too! I didn't believe it was real for a long time.
Date of Conception: Sometime in January.... I think it was the 20th or 23rd or something like that
Due Date: October 18th
Was the pregnancy planned: Sure was! We tried for 6 months!!
Did you find out what you were having?
Yes! I couldn't take the suspense!
What did you hope for?
I wanted a little girl more than anything else in this world!!! And our dream came true! :)
Did the baby move a lot?
Oh yeah, she was a kicker, and I loved it!
Did you take a birthing class?
No, I read a LOT of books and knew everything anyway!
How long did labor last?
not sure, I didn't know if I was really in labor.... less than 2 hours at the hospital though! When I got to the hospital I was already 8 cm!
Did you get an epidural?
Yes, but I definitely think I could have done it w/out it. I'm glad I took it though- I have nothing but positive memories from that day!
How long did you push?
18 minutes, but it felt like less
Was it as bad as you thought it was going to be?
No, I was SHOCKED at how easy it was!
Did you have any complications?
Weight of baby?
yep, dark hair.... totally unexpected!
What was your prepregnancy weight?
Be honest...how much weight did you gain while pregnant?
Did you lose it all?
yes, plus 8 pounds (w/out trying!) I've been trying to gain some back while breastfeeding, and it's not working for me!
Was baby early or late?
5 days early
Did you breastfeed? If so, how long?
Yes... so far 11months, 3 weeks!
Who drove you home from the hospital?
How did you pick the name?
We made it up! Jason liked the name Vena and I wanted something longer
Did you go home or somewhere else when you left the hospital?
home, of course
Where was the baby born?
Aurora in Kenosha
Did you video tape the birth?
Sure did!! Speaking of that, I want to watch it again! :)
Who was in the room with you?
Jason, Jacki, my doctor, Cathy, and another nurse
Who keeps your baby the most?
haha, me, I don't let her out of my sight! :)
Did you have any postpartum depression?
No, I would just get really emotional if I didn't get enough sleep!
Did your baby have colic?
No, she was a very happy baby!
Who does the baby look like most?
Definitely Jason, though I can see myself in her when she smiles
Do you want to have another?
How is your baby's father?
AMAZING! Venily is the luckiest little girl. Her Daddy loves her so much!
Seriously...did you get stretch marks?
No, thank goodness! Just some small ones on my boobs after the fact (they're gone now)
How old is your baby now?
She will be 1 in 8 days!!!!
What has been your favorite thing about being a Mommy?
I love EVERY minute of it!! Especially watching Venily learn new things! She is so smart!
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