Thursday, June 23, 2011

I guess infertility is contagious after all....

What were the chances that I'd end up with, not one but two, infertile zucchini plants?

Seriously.

But then again, what were the chances that I'd be the one out of all my friends with two sets of twins?

Oh dear God...how He must laugh at my expense when things get rough.

So yeah, I have two zucchini plants, both of which are infertile...meaning the bees aren't doing their job, resulting in me having to self-pollinate the plants myself.

It sounds obscene and vulgar, doesn't it?  A little bit like soft porn, if you ask me.

Perhaps I should light some candles and play some romantic music while self-pollinating my zucchini plants?

IVF for vegetables?  Who knew.  I guess infertility is contagious after all.

In the meantime, while I'm busy forcing my zucchini plants to get their freak on, I hope you'll take a minute and visit Missy over at Literal Mom because she's featuring ME today as one of her Literal Moms of the Day!

The very first post I read on Missy's blog was about a serious incident involving one of her daughters almost being crushed by a public bathroom door stall.  Don't worry...her daughter is fine, thankfully.  While I held my breath as I read the post, I found myself relating so well to all the strong emotions Missy shared in this post.

All the "what if's", the worry about what other people must think of you, did you react appropriately enough....all those thoughts have gone through my head at one time or another.

It reminded me of a time when Cole was about 18 months old and he fell off one of the play structures at the park.  There were a handful of parents there when it happened and everyone rushed to his side...but I was still up in the structure with Bella.

I had to make a choice....jump down off the structure to make sure Cole was okay or take a few extra seconds and grab Bella to make sure she was safe.

Yeah, I know...a total Sophie's choice at its best.

Fortunately, Cole was okay....a bit shaken up but no broken bones or signs of bleeding.  But on the walk home, I spent the entire time replaying the incident in my head, knowing the outcome could have been so much worse.

And wondering and worrying what those other parents must have thought of me...assuming they had to have thought I was a horrible mother for even allowing my young children up on a climbing structure.  Or worse...because I made my injured child wait while I gathered my other child to prevent another accident from occurring.

So when I read Missy's post, my heart went out to her because I understood...I've been there myself.  I enjoyed her honesty and I appreciated that she made herself vulnerable by putting it all out there for the world to see...with the hopes that other moms who have been through something similar would find comfort through her words.

Please take a minute to visit her blog and read my Literal Mom of the Day feature!  While you're there, click on that follow button!  You won't be sorry!

And....for more parenting gems of wisdom, my beautiful blogging buddy, Shell at Things I Can't Say is featuring another one of her "Parenting Do's and Don'ts", in which I was honored to contribute to.  Please go take a peek!!


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30 comments:

D said...

Poor veggies! I guess pregnancy is contagious too. My cousin is preggers and so is my sister in law. :)

Samantha said...

I didn't know that veggies could be infertile. Learn something new every day. Strange.

singedwingangel said...

I didn't know they could be infertile either. I think we all have those moments of self doubt and what if's. It's a mom thing. Heading over to read now..

KimmyD said...

Really? Infertile Zucchini? I just planted zucchini for the first time. I see a few starting to come out and I love to eat the flowers. Yum! Every try that? How do I know if my veggies need a little help in that area??

Eva Gallant said...

Girl, are you getting kinky with zucchine?

Desperate Housemommy said...

I like a little Barry White in the background when I self-pollinate my infertile veggies. Just sayin'.

Missy said...

And THIS lovely post is exactly why you are featured today. SO nice and thoughtful - just like you are all the time. Thank you for being featured!

:)

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Good luck with those veggies. You are an infertility doctor now :)

Scary story. I will head to that link next.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Blessings,
LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

Heather said...

You crack me up! Those poor plants!

Barbara said...

Who knew vegetables could be infertile? hmm...food for thought

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the ruckels said...

it's the catch 22 of motherhood...who to help.

been there, done that!

great post.

January Dawn said...

Well, that is something I didn't know about zucchini's, and as usual you had me laughing. I popped over to Literal Mom and enjoyed some previous posts of yours that I hadn't yet read. And good luck with zucchini seduction...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

IVF for zucchini. I'd be interested to hear if you get any google hits for that one, lol!

Jenny said...

LOL at your infertile plants!

Oh and I am just like you, constantly worrying about the "what ifs". I think it was smart of you to grab your other child to make sure you didn't have 2 kids falling off the structure!!

Twins Squared said...

So funny! Love "forcing my zucchini plants to get their freak on." I guess this means that you're eventually going to have tons of zucchini, all at once!!

Twins Squared said...

Oh, as for worrying. I'm not TOO much of a worrier but being a mom of course has made me so. The other night I had to jump into a pool with my dress on because the little girls tempted fate one too many times before I put their floaties back on. It actually wasn't that big of a deal because I saw it immediately, but then that night when I was laying in bed, every time I closed my eyes I had the image of the two of them just below the surface of the water and it was hard to go to sleep. I had to do everything I could to not let my mind go there.

Jenn said...

shit, this is my first garden.... you mean that my cucumbers might not be ok?!? Could I have infertal cucumbers?!?! How do I IVF-em? :) There are lots of flowers, some are starting to wilt and die... tell me, WHAT DO I DO!!! :) (any advice would be appreciated! thanks friend).

Emmy said...

Coming from Shell's as I love loved your advice. I just moved to a new town and met a group of girls who are actually very very nice but I left feeling like the ugly betty. But yes- we all have our weakness and challenges- I just don't know theirs yet.

Angela said...

So needed a laugh at 2am! Thanks!

Kimberly said...

On my way to visit.
PS. We had to stop putting a vegetable garden in our yard. We thought that our plants were freaks because they never grew anything. Well, that was until we found our asshole dog eating the first signs of vegetable off of the plants. Gah. He's such a jerk.

Holly said...

"Perhaps I should light some candles and play some romantic music while self-pollinating my zucchini plants?" Heh! I hope it works.

Congrats on being Literal Mom of the Day!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Oh, Helene...IVF for plants? Laughing out loud! :)

We had a playground incident when the girls were 21 months or so. We were at a very small, enclosed playground at my friends' church. She and her twins were the only ones there with us. I had my eyes on Baby A and Baby B fell off a 4' platform. She was 100% fine...she wasn't even that upset about it!...but it shook me up really good.

I feel like folks must think I'm incompetant, not taking the girls to the park by myself, but I will not do it again until they're old enough to mind a little better (don't laugh!). It's just too dangerous to watch two babes that still need assistance, and who want to do everything themselves.

Definitely one of the perils of multiple kiddos!

The Lane Family said...

Who knew infertility and plants?!?!? In-vitro vegetable doctor....a future career?? :)

I am so glad the kids are okay...just one more challenge in the world of being a mom!!!

Tiffany said...

Off to read her blog. The "What If's" can overwhelm me to an unhealthy point if I'm not careful where I allow my mind to go.

You're a great Mommy by the way! With other adults there you made the right choice. Actually, just preventing a 2nd accident, you made the right choice.

Natalie said...

I am having veggie issues as well...those darn stubborn plants!

Deb said...

Since I kill all plants, I would just assume it was my fault. I would never know how to even tell if a plant was infertile. I'm in awe of people with a green thumb--I'm impressed!

There are so many days when I just think the grace of God is keeping us all alive--so many near misses with these kids. I break out in a sweat less and less, but I think it's because as they get older, they are not around me as much. I don't get to see the near misses, and that almost scares me more.

Good luck with your zucchinis, and don't worry, all of the parents that we think are judging us are probably saying, "Wow, did I help that mom? Should I have given CPR? Did I say the right thing...???"

le Chef said...

Since my plants are in a greenhouse I have to get my freak on too.
You'll be scarred, but time heals, even in the porn industry.

My kids are older now, but I STILL replay all those times over in my head .. like, from when they were three. Motherhood; God's humor in a nut shell.

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Natalie said...

Gardening veggies is a test in patience, that's for sure ;)

Off to Literal Mom's to check you out over there...just wanted to stop by and say hello my friend!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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