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Child Birth ~ Lasting Implications

March 12, 2008

In addition to my precious, wonderful, angelic little children, child birth has left me with some other lasting implications.

There are the obvious ones that most moms lament about: stretch marks, leaky boobs, weird shaped tummies and an enormous tolerance for pain, and then there is my personal favorite – a little problem with bladder control. Yes, I admit that I tend to pee a little each time I sneeze, cough, or laugh really hard. I know this is probably too much information for many of you, but deal with it, it’s my life here.

The Big One is almost 3 so I am pretty used to the leaky bladder problem. Yes I also admit that I wear a pad everyday to prevent embarrassment in public since I never know when a sneeze is going to sneak up on me.

Today I discovered another trigger for my bladder problems, of course when I say I “discovered” it, what I really mean is that I peed myself today and there wasn’t a darn thing I could do about it.

I know you are on the edge of your seat wondering what triggered my episode today, so I’ll give you the official Wikipedia definition for the phenomenon that caused my demise today.

“The term sonic boom is commonly used to refer to the shocks caused by the supersonic flight of a military aircraft or passenger transports such as Concorde (Mach 2.02, no longer in service) and the Space Shuttle (up to Mach 27). Sonic booms generate enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding a lot like an explosion. …”

Yes, the sonic boom. Most of you probably have never heard a sonic boom, so let me try to explain it you. You’ve probably heard a car back fire and have jumped at the noise. Well multiply that by about 350 times and make it last about 4 times longer and there you have it.

Since we moved to the high desert, we’ve heard numerous sonic booms. Of course we have been in the house each time so it is greatly muffled. Today I was getting the Big One out of the car when the boom struck. Holy crap! I jumped about 6 feet in the air and the Big One jumped about 3(she is short, you know!) I honest to goodness peed a little on myself. Yes, it scared the pee right out of me.

So thank you U.S. Air Force for the sonic boom and yet another reminder of what my body went through to produce my precious little beings.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2008 11:32 am

    Don’t you just love the little presents that our children give us? I remember being hugely pregnant with my 3rd and dreading any sneeze, cough, or other pressure that might promote some leakage. I feel your pain!

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