What is it called when four women meet to discuss the trials and tribulations of motherhood? "Momologues, " and it was performed three times last weekend at the Chanticleer Theater.
So many topics were discussed, debated, and shared. All the good, bad, and the ugly about getting pregnant, being pregnant, birth control, fertility, nursing, baby formula and all the wonderful and sometimes painful parts of motherhood until the little offspring have finally departed for their first day of school.
Rachel Lynch Holmes, Mary Trecek, Angel Simons and Terry DeBenedictis were those women who read the scripts of "Momologues" expressing their own personality into each character for eighty minutes. All dressed in black, the women expressed their viewpoints and experiences surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and the real life events of a newborn growing into a small child.
With our culture today, it appears that many women spend their 20s establishing their career and working diligently to not get pregnant. Then the pivotal age of 30 hits and each woman feels that her only chance of motherhood is closely evaporating with each year. Now women want to get pregnant and frequently fertility therapy is the answer.
Pregnancy brings its own set of challenges with even the home pregnancy tests and miscarriages. All of these become miniscule the second each woman hears that "swish, swish" of the heartbeat during an ultrasound. However most women remember their labor and those wonderful medical personnel who ask questions during contractions, similar to the waitress that ask a about your meal when your mouth is full at a restaurant.
Why is your weight always checked before your blood pressure? Wouldn't your blood pressure be better if that was evaluated first?
Many even falsely believe that their lives will be so much easier with a newborn, rather than the discomfort of pregnancy.
With the decisions about nursing and formula and the advantages and disadvantages of both, it seems that what is beneficial for the baby is a constant inconvenience for the mother. As the child ages, what do you do about the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa? When should you begin to read to your child?
For most women, these questions are common and the answers are freely given by many advisors, but what really works best and what should you do?
"Momologues" was a delightful, fun experiences about being a mother in the early years. It's too bad that this was only for this one weekend. This would be great for a girl's night out or even at a baby shower. Obviously though limited to the adult female audience, will there ever be a "Dadalogues?"