Is this really my life??

Gah!  I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get another update posted here.  Things are a bit beyond crazy at the moment.

Where do I start?

Well, I took the AMCB board exam on June 29th, and I passed (!!!!).  I am now a Certified Nurse Midwife!  I still have to get my certification number from the ACNM, my license number from the State of New York, and my DEA number from the federal government so that I can prescribe controlled substances, but that’s all just a matter of bureacratic cake at this point (a bunch of applications to fill out, and to get notarized, and fees to pay etc.).  The most important, amazing thing is that I’m a midwife.  Hold on.  Let me say that again.  I’m a midwife!!  AAAAAAHHH, I’m a midwife!!!!  When I got the print-out at the testing center telling me that I had passed, I just stood there for a moment holding it while my eyes welled up with tears.  It was a very incredible feeling.  I thought that was pretty much as good as it could get.

My birthday was the next day, June 30th.  I was turning 30.  I was all set to celebrate with my beloved boy, who had been planning some kind of surprise for awhile, but he wouldn’t tell me what.  I was looking forward to celebrating my 30th birthday AND being a midwife on the same day.  We went out to brunch the morning of my birthday and he asked me what I wanted to do that day.  I asked him what he had planned, because I knew he’d planned something, but he wanted to hear my ideas first.  So I suggested we get our picnic blanket and hang out in Prospect Park for awhile (it was a gorgeous day) and then maybe go shopping, or stroll around SoHo for awhile, and then go out to eat at a nice restaurant.  Sounded like a lovely birthday to me.  He told me he didn’t want to do any of that.  I said: what?  Why not?  He said he wanted to go to Rome.


We’re going to Rome

Rome, as in Italy??

You’re taking me to Rome for my birthday??  Is this for real?

Yes.  Yes it was.  Our flight was leaving at 8 pm, we had to buy a few toiletries and then pack and head out to the airport.  I was absolutely aghast.  I stuttered like a fish.  I couldn’t believe it.  I was so excited!!  I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Italy, and I’ve never had an opportunity to do so before.  I was thrilled!

So, we walked up the street after brunch to the drug store to get some shampoo and sunscreen and little bottles to fit in those annoying plastic bags for airport security, and then, as we were strolling back to our apartment, strolling down our beautiful, tree-lined street on a gorgeous, sunny day, he all of a sudden got down on one knee and said something like: you’ve always known that I couldn’t take you to Italy without asking you to marry me, so, will you marry me?


(No, I’m not making this up.  This is really how it happened.)

STUNNED doesn’t even begin to cover it.  I have a hard time remembering the exact moment, actually, because I was in such a state of shock.  My heart was racing at about 130 bpm.  He was holding this ring out towards me that looked like a piece of the sun, it was glittering so brightly, and I just stood there like an idiot.  He finally had to say something like: well, are you going to put the ring on or just stare at it?  GAH!

So, we went to Rome!  We had an amazing time!  I’m 30 years old!  I’m a midiwfe! I’m engaged to be married!  I didn’t think it was possible to be this incredibly happy.  Honestly, at what point do you just explode from happiness???  Seriously.

At some point in the not too distant future, I will come back down to earth, and start to write about midwifery issues again.  I know that lately this blog has gotten very personal, just sort of following my own personal adventures with very little commentary or news or updates on any of the larger issues going on, and that’s a shame, because there’s a lot going on.  There’s a lot to say.  I’m working on a report on the safety of birth centers at the moment, which I will post here as soon as I’m done with it, and of course there is the upcoming job search to write about, and the fabulous book I just read, and the student statement from that ACNM convention, and the latest news….this will be a real, working blog again soon, I promise.  For the moment, though, I can’t seem to concentrate on anything.  I just keep floating off into space, working hard to keep myself from exploding from sheer happiness.  This is really my life???

Yes.  Yes it is.

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  1. Posted July 5, 2007 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Woaw Congratulations and Congratulations!

    I am really excited for you. 3 life changing events in a day?? Enjoy every moment of it!

  2. k
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 11:07 am | Permalink


  3. Posted July 5, 2007 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Um…the tears were already flowing at “Rome”. I’m a puddle now. Dammit.

  4. grass
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Amazing!! Congratulations. Also, happy birthday – we share the same birthday but I am a year younger than you are! Beautiful, wonderful story. Congratulations again!

  5. healthwatchcenter
    Posted July 6, 2007 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    What a wonderful and beautiful moments of your life…

    Congratulations for passing AMCB board exam, beautiful engagement and lovely trip to Rome. Enjoy and feel each and every moment of it.

  6. healthwatchcenter
    Posted July 6, 2007 at 4:11 am | Permalink

    Sorry for commenting again…

    Don’t forget to come back and it will be nice if you post your pictures of your trip.

    Women Health Zone

  7. HSP
    Posted July 6, 2007 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    WOW!! Here I was just looking for an update on your test outcome and I find all kinds of wonderfulness. 🙂

    HUGE HUGE congratulations on being official, and being OFFICIAL (if you know what I mean ;)).

    Can’t wait to hear more.

  8. dizzywombat
    Posted July 10, 2007 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations – that truly is an amazing day.

    So pleased for you on every level.

    Enjoy it – you’ve earned it :0)

  9. Sophie
    Posted July 16, 2007 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Wow!! Just read your last thread…. What a day. I got goosebumps…
    Congratulations…on everything!
    Hope you enjoyed Rome,

    PS We share the same b’day – I’m just a little infront!

  10. Posted July 23, 2007 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    Wow is right! That is by far the best 30th birthday I have EVER heard of!

    Happy happy 30th!! We are only 2 weeks apart, it seems. Being a CNM (at 30–or any age) is a fantastic achievement to be proud of. Extremely inspiring!!

    And getting engaged to your beloved–it doesn’t get any better than all that!

  11. myblackrose
    Posted August 19, 2007 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Sounds like that day may well only be topped by your first birth 🙂

    I seem to have come late to the party and missed your student days, but I’m hoping you’ll keep the blog up as

  12. myblackrose
    Posted August 19, 2007 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Ok.. bad fingers pressed the enter key without my permission… gah… exhaustion+typing=oops!

    Anyhoo, point was that I’m looking forwad to hearing about your continuing adventures in midwifery! 🙂

  13. myblackrose
    Posted August 19, 2007 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Ok bad fingers pressed the enter key without my permission… exhaustion+typing=oops!

    Anyhow, point was that I’m looking forward to hearing about your continued adventures in midwifery! 🙂 Am also not as technically incompetent as the whole double comment debacle may lead you to believe 😉

  14. HSP
    Posted September 25, 2007 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Please come back and updated us on your progress!

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