Monday, October 3, 2011

A Pedicure Will Not Cure Foot-in-Mouth Disease (Especially Somebody Else's)

Breaking News: I don't like having my feet touched.  Not for a massage, not for a pedicure, not fer nuthin'

There's the tickling issue, but then there are also myriad other things that make me squirm and go all self-conscious.  A weird freckle on the inside of my big toe.  An immovable callous here or there.  The toenails that I try to keep trimmed while pregnant, but Heavens to Betsy...that's almost more trouble than it's worth these days.  (Kind of like shaving.  Don't even get me started on the safety hazards and rude indignities of 9th-month shaving.)

Even just telling you so many intimate details about my feet is giving me the shivers.  It's like you're looking  at them and...and...thinking about them.  Shudder.

As such, you can imagine my horror to remember how close a gaggle of doctors and nurses will be coming to my feet while I'm in bearing down position sometime soon.  No, no -- the fact that they'll be down there doesn't worry me so much as knowing that my FEET might gain their attention.  The horrors, right?

So, to avoid any awkwardness on the delivery bed (hah), I made myself go in for a pedicure.  The second pedicure of my life.  The technician was kind and careful and skilled and...I have to admit, my feet look gorgeous.  It's nothing short of amazing (perhaps it's nothing short of crazy) how much more prepared I feel for labor and delivery over such a silly thing. 

But I'm beginning to think that my choice at the salon today was for naught.  That maybe I should have sprung for a different package of personal detailing.

You need to know, for this next part, that my husband swears he remembers the specific sort of beauty I possessed when I went into labor with Lauren, over 3 years ago.  He said I was remarkably pretty that night, and that I had a glow he'd not seen before.  Very complimentary, right?  He's such a sweetheart...

So this morning, while I was getting myself ready -- another undignified process whereby I cannot gain my balance and my clothing at the same critical point in time -- Justin looked at me to say something.  It was early.  He hadn't really gazed into my eyes yet.  Basked in my 9-months appearance.  But he looked at me, then did a double take with squinted eyes of concentration.

"What?" I asked.  It was too early to have something stuck in my teeth.  What was he looking at?

He shook his head.  "Never mind -- I thought for a minute that you looked especially pretty today, and I was starting to freak out that you'd go into labor."  Here, he let out a relieved puff of air.

"So..." I ventured skeptically.  "False alarm?"

"Yeah, you just look..."  Cue the sunrise and the dawning of a misspoken phrase.  His eyebrows rose as he realized his blunder, and he started shaking his head and hands in equal parts submission and appeasement. 

Don't worry.  I gave him h-e-double-hockey-sticks.

Still, it made me wonder if I shouldn't have sprung for the facial instead.  But then I remembered: nah.  Nobody's going to be looking at my face in the delivery room.

I swear, it'll be all eyes on my gorgeous feet.  Right?


  1. Funny take you have today on delivery. They will probably cover that pretty pedi up with booties!
    Good luck on delivery if it's today tomorow or later.


  2. I was reading this in bed, about to turn out the light, and you had me laughing so hard I almost woke up my kids. Oh, Justin!

  3. I just added this blog site to my feed reader, great stuff. Cannot get enough!

  4. Thank you for cracking me up this Monday morning!

    Yup, I'm sure they'll all totally be checking out your pedi in labor and delivery. At least that's why I always keep my toe nails painted during my pregnancies. Because I'm sure that the Dr. is always looking at my toes and nowhere else :) That's what I tell myself any way.

    Hoping delivery comes soon for you. I'm sure you'll look pretty any day.

  5. Haha, your posts about pregnancy keep cracking me up :o) When I had my first I actually wore socks during delivery because I was so self concious about my feet. I got a pedi and a mani with my third, that was actually really helpful during delivery, I would notice my nails and think "Oh wow they look so pretty" in the midst of the pain. A bit of a distraction.

  6. I'm sorry that this is so funny to me. NOt the whole feet thing, what your ever so sweet husband said to are so funny! Well I hope you look especially beautiful (not that you don't always) sometime soon...can't wait to meet that baby!!

  7. I had deep, brick-red fingernails when I delivered my daughter. No particular reason, except it was January and I think I'd painted them for a late family Christmas gathering. I find them very distracting in photos of the day. A new, freshly swaddled baby cradled in a pair of hands with huge-looking blood red fingernails. You notice the nails before the baby.

  8. Hehe! If it makes you feel better, last night my husband started talking about how men look better as they age and women look worse.

    "Well I'm so glad to hear you're looking forward to me getting uglier."

    "I'm not looking forward to it - just planning for it."

    Thanks, honey!

    (And my fingers are crossed that you do go into labor, just to show him!)

  9. Ha! I thought the same thing as Emily: "Oh, Justin..." ;)

    I hate my feet too. So much that I have never gotten a pedicure -ever!- and endured untold hardship obsessively painting my toenails in all of my third trimesters. You know... I wonder if the docs and nurses in the delivery ward really *do* talk about these things in the break room? "Oh, man! Did you see the leg hair on the woman in room 303?! Seriously! Gross. ...Hey, pass me one of those donuts, will ya?"

  10. I've been thinking about you all day! So, were you extra pretty today?!?! I do recall thinking about my toes a lot in the hospital for some reason, so you made a smart move! :) Can't wait for this little guy to make his appearance into the world!!!


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