At Hospital still so they can observe her overnight. Napped. Dinner. Shift change. Tylenol. Monitors.
She is stable but consistent with the contractions. Hopefully she can relax and hold off for a bit longer.
They gave her something to sleep and we are winding down, talking about all of the dynamics of today. Babies. Dads. Our besties. Our kids. Parents. You guys.
We got a lot of love today both local and interwebs and it matters. Thank you. Jen isn’t responding but she sees it. Its a nice distraction.
I realize now that my impromptu update numbering system is off and confusing. It should read 35.1.7 - Week 35, day one and 7th update.
Hopefully I can get my shit together before she pinches off these two shortys.
She’s actually asleep now. I love her so much.
Doc ordering her to stay over night for observation.
Gave three reasons:
*Current icy conditions outside and worried about us having to race back to the Hospital.
*This is technically her seventh pregnancy and things could come quick.
*Her current trend of contractions.
This is new territory for us. For all of Jen’s kids including the last set of surrogacy twins, she was induced.
The last set of twins went to 37 weeks and one day BUT they weighed less then, than this pair do now at 35 weeks.
I need a beer.
The shot seems to have worked. Her contractions are spreading out.
Jen is exhausted.
Jen after her last contraction and the first time I’ve heard her swear all year.
This is the first day of week 35 so they need to bake more in the oven. They gave her a shot of Terbutaline. On Thursday they gave her the same shot and it slowed the contractions and we went home.
The doc said if this is real labor the contractions will just laugh at the Terbutaline. So crossing our fingers.
Jen’s dilated to 2 but cervix is still very thick and contractions every 2-4 minutes. Paging Dr and texting Dads in L.A.
Going to the Hospital. Praying this is a false alarm.
That’s exactly their intention. To shut you up and derail the conversation. These people don’t want to engage you in a more nuanced conversation about the Atlantic Slave Trade. They want you to stop talking.
Africans did sell slaves. So did Europeans. And Asians. And basically every other ethnic group in the world’s history. Slavery is an ancient institution. The nature of African slavery within the African continent is complicated. It’s complicated because Africa is a continent, not a country. It is not as though Africans were selling their brothers and sisters. They were selling captives, prisoners of war, lawbreakers. Not unlike any other culture.
The thing about the Atlantic Slave Trade that bears no resemblance to any other network of trade is its size, its brutality, and the very exclusive enslavement of Africans as opposed to Europeans (who had deemed by that point that their people were undeserving of such brutal conditions).
The Slave Trade has to be considered from an economic standpoint. In some African countries slaves were the most lucrative export. Perhaps there came a point where their economies relied upon trading slaves. Not to mention that Europeans continued to capture slaves even after Europe outlawed the slave trade.
Another consideration when it comes to slavery as an institution is what different forms slavery has taken historically. Around the time of the AST the most common forms of slavery around the world (including many West African countries) was serfdom or domestic slavery. In both serfdom and domestic slavery there are opportunities to gain some freedom, and entitlements to protect certain rights. The slavery Africans were coming out of in Africa resembled these forms. The slavery they wound up being sold into was chattel slavery. Chattel is property. Chattel slaves have no rights, and can be enslaved for their entire lives. Often from birth.
I do recommend that you don’t take my word for all of this and research it further. It’s always fun to crush ignorant people with actual facts. But what people need to understand is that no matter who sold whom into slavery, the way Africans slaves were treated in the Americas is what speaks most to the crimes against humanity committed by Europeans. These crimes continued not over decades, but over centuries. Centuries of human beings being treated as property.
The questions that need answering are not why African slavers participated in an age old institution that resulted in chattel slavery. But how a people, Europeans, could subject their fellow human beings to such inhumane conditions for so long and continue to this day to deny responsibility. Why does history not mourn the Africans who were tossed overboard slave ships, the Africans who lost their nation and gained a reassignment to an inferior race, the Africans who were born in slavery and died in slavery?
What sane human being, in the face of this terribly brutal history, can look the descendants of these long suffering people in the eyes and say “it was your own fault.”