There is lots of criticism around Social Media regarding not “living in the now” and being too ready and eager to share every last moment of your life with friends instead of just getting on and enjoying it.
I am certainly guilty of sharing what I’m doing, eating and drinking (mostly the drinking rather than the eating) and who I’m with and where although to me some things will always remain sacred. Not from me any tweets about being in the loo thank you.
When it comes to childbirth, I would rather have stuck hot needles in my eyes (funnily enough it felt like I was at most points) than live tweet the birth or either of my children. And as for my husband doing it for me, well, at the very least he would no longer be my husband..
But this week that’s exactly what Robbie Williams did. Not only did he live tweet the birth of his second child, but there was singing and a pair of sparkly Christian Louboutins. I wore great big woolly socks giving birth to my children. If those heels had been anywhere near me they would have ended up imbedded in someone’s head…
First I was pissed off at Robbie, for arsing about during what should be a special time, a momentous, one-off-million-dollar-never-happen-again occasion. He should have been cherishing the moment, supporting his wife and generally not MAKING IT ABOUT HIM. Then I was cross with Ayda for allowing him to do so. For surely she had allowed him. There is one photo of me, post-birth, with each of my sons and I look like I’ve been run over by a bus. God alone, along with the boys’ father and the midwife, know what I looked like during the birth and I certainly wouldn’t want proof of it floating around on the internet FOREVER.
Giving birth is the most amazing, life changing, personal experience of anyone’s life, whether you’re the one pushing it out or the one cheering from the side-lines. It is not an occasion to be shared with the world but rather should be a secret cocoon of happiness, you and your partner and your baby. Even the midwives and doctors leave you alone as much and as soon as they can so you can become the new family that you are.
Sure Robbie, tweet a photo of you, the baby and Ayda, post birth, so we can all share in your joy and wonder.
But singing through your wife’s lady parts to the world?