Thursday, September 11, 2008

Where I show I'm not a nice person

"As for any concerns about the actual delivery process, Laila (Ali) is her usual outspoken self, laughing, "Now if I was the first woman in the world having a baby, I'd be scared to death!" However, she says she's feeling optimistic about the situation. "I have never experienced it for myself, but I see all of these other women that I know are nowhere near as strong as I am, physically, emotionally, mentally. So if they can do it, so can I."

"There's going to be pain," the 30-year-old says realistically. "My thing is learning the ways to reduce that pain, and be in control of yourself so you're not making it worse and working against yourself. I feel like I have an advantage just with my mind-set and with my experiences as an athlete and knowing my body."

And then today I read of her son's arrival today...and a rep's statement:
"Although mom and baby are both healthy and happy, there were some surprises during labor that altered Laila’s birth plan."
I not-so-nicely thought, "Now maybe she understands it's not about "advantages" and who is better prepared. I wonder if she'll talk about these "surprises" and acknowledge how absolutely arrogant she sounded before?"

Actually, I really thought, "Now maybe she'll shut the hell up."

Nice, huh?

Sometimes I don't like this new me.


Aurelia said...

Athletes can be funny that way. they are so used to being able to control their own pain and their bodies that they assume birth is the same, and it really isn't.

Poor thing, I pity her right now.

Gretchen said...

She has a lot of processing and reflecting to do in the coming days and weeks.

It's inevitable. You can't go in to pregnancy and birth with her attitude and expect to come through the other side unscathed.

Strength has nothing to do with it. The more I see, the more I think it's a literal freaking miracle when things go right.

msfitzita said...

I TOTALLY like the "new" you. I get her. She's insightful, funny, kind, giving, and real.

Come on - what's not to like??

Pipsylou said...

I agree with msfitzita.

kate said...

me too, i agree with msfitzita!

Karin said...

I like the new you and I don't even know you. LOL :-)

I just came upon your blog from another and wanted to say I hear you.