Monday, March 29, 2010

Some people read tea leaves, I read the mail.

Several week ago I received a package in the mail.

Judging by the box, I thought it was my Mother Of The Year Award.

Alas, it was just baby swag.... Baby Swag? When I was preggers with Sam, my doctors office signed me up (or sold my personal information - it all depends on how you look at it) to some mailing list and then all through the pregnancy, and Sam's first year of life, I got stuff in the mail. Formula, diapers, nipple cream, butt cream, etc. You name it, I got it.
For the first pregnancy after Sam (there have been six) I ended up on the list again. But I miscarried and still the swag came. It didn't bother me too much because that miscarriage was just a fluke and surely I would get pregnant again and we'd have another baby soon. It was not in the stars.
The doctors office is smart. In more than a medical way. They have never signed/sold me up for swag again. I thank them for that. Something I had never thought of until this little pink box of formula arrived.
I was seriously confused when I opened the box. I'm not pregnant. Why was this sent to me. I'll admit, it's a little bit painful. There is nothing I would like to do more than spend hundreds of dollars on baby formula. I counted back to my last miscarriage which was in October of '08. Way too long ago to explain the baby swag. Maybe this is a sign?
Two days later, another package in the mail.

Hmmm... What could this be? A tiny newborn diaper? Some breast pad samples?

Alas, if I try to read the mail, the way some people read tea leaves, then I'm being told the same old story.
You're pregnant and having a baby...
Just kidding, here's some tampons...
But still, I hope. That is why the formula found it's way to my pantry.

Right next to the lentils which I also never use.


Michelle said...

Love you Julie!!
I once sent Becky something in the mail, a little gift of some kind, but wrapped it in a Midol box. Unfortunately she actually thought it was Midol. ANd when she one day needed some, finally opened the box to find something much less useful. Mystery packages, period products... you see the connection, I'm sure.

Jeanna said...

Kinda like the time my doc's office billed insurance for delivering a baby I never had. And the insurance paying it.

and the doc's office asking me if I was "sure" I didn't have a baby.

Meg said...

It's so good to have you back in blogging business!

The Hungry said...

Amazing - someone knows everything about us.

Claire and I shopped at a J. Crew a month ago and Saturday we got a J Crew catalog in the mail.

Becky said...

That's weird!!! Nathan and I are learning how to read palms. We just figure that talent will come in handy one day! HA! Pun intended!

Yes, we really are learning how to read palms...I didn't just say that to make a joke. Geeze!

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

I've had that sort of experience too. It is rather perplexing and sometimes hurtful.

How can you not use your lentils? They make a wonderful, hearty soup. I'll have to send you my recipe.

Love you!

Katie and Josh Fairbanks said...

Cute blog Julie! Send me your email and I will send you an invite to ours:)

Sandy said...

I love you Julie.

Sandy said...

I love you Julie.

Becky said...

I love you Julie.

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