And no, I did not sing. Alli didn’t want to practice last week and I only had one couple attend my presentation. They were expecting their first so it didn’t apply. (PHEW! Talk about dodging a bullet!)
Overall the day went well. I had a lot of folks stop at my booth and ask questions. Are you ready for this though? The most talkative ones were the DADS! YES, THE DADS! I was ecstatic to have so many fathers genuinely interested in Postpartum Depression and finding out what they could do to help their partners. Oh those lucky lucky mamas!
I did make some great contacts, one of them being the director of the local Midwifery clinic at one of the hospitals. She wants me to present at their next departmental meeting in September. (YAY). A local Psychologist also introduced himself to me and seemed to be happy about the peer support I provide to for the community.
I am still exhausted and don’t have time to rest or really write much more as I have to prepare for a meeting in Atlanta tomorrow evening. I’ll tell you more about that after tomorrow. When I’ve had time to rest and can operate without the toothpicks propping my eyes open. As it is now, the couch is seriously calling my name and I’m doing everything I can to resist but I have this feeling resistance is futile and won’t last much longer.
I’ve recruited my four year old daughter to help me with my presentation on Saturday and so I’ve involved her in the creative process of her portion of the “show” as she calls it. Alli is SO excited that she gets to help me help women (I’m so proud of that!) and she wants to sing a song. First off, I have a hard enough time singing in front of my girls that I can’t believe I agreed to this. So I asked her what she wanted the song’s tune to be – Twinkle Little Star or Old McDonald. As soon as I said Old McDonald my immediate thought was PLEASE don’t pick that one. Well Guess what. She did. SO I had to sit down and hammer out a decent song to the tune of Old McDonald had a Farm all about Postpartum Depression in terms that a toddler would understand. The current result is below and we’ll be practicing all week. I’ll probably have Chris do a video on Saturday and post it then so you can giggle at my inept attempts at singing to which you’ll probably tell me I did a pretty good job and I should be more confident because I’m not that bad just to be nice. I can take the Simon Cowell Comments, really, I can. I’m not the next American Idol and I KNOW IT.
The Toddler Postpartum Song by Lauren Hale
(sung to the tune of Old McDonald)
Mommy’s got a baby in her belly And the baby’s gotta come out Goo Ga Goo Ga Goo! With a push push here and a doctor there here a push there a push everywhere a push push My little brother’s here now Goo Ga Goo Ga Goo
Mommy gets to come home now Yay yay yay yiphoo! So does little brother Yay yay yay yiphoo! With a vroom vroom here and a vroom vroom there here a vroom there a vroom everywhere a vroom vroom We’re all home now! Vroom Vroom Vroom Vroom Vroom!
Mommy’s getting sad and lonely sniffle sniffle go away! Gotta try and cheer her up giggle giggle laugh! With a tickle tickle here and a hug hug there here a tickle there a tickle everywhere a tickle tickle Mommy’s finally smiling some Giggle Giggle Laugh
Mommy went to the doctor Talky Talky Wow Feeling better getting help Talky Talky Wow With a talk talk here and some help over there here some talk there some talk everywhere talk talk Mommy’s cheering up now Talky Talky Wow!
It takes time to get better Wait Wait Wait It’s different for everyone Wait wait Wait With some waiting here and some patience there Here some patience there some patience everywhere some wait wait Know you aren’t alone or to blame! And you will get well!