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Why Monty Python Makes For A Bad Birthing Coach

Thirteen years ago today, Dr. Beldon induced labor and I was preparing to welcome a boy into the world.  Brian was actually due on April 15th.  Being the Brian who is never in a hurry, he decided he liked my womb and was not in any hurry to leave.


He was probably looking for his shoes back then too…

My ex-husband Terry and I kicked around some Irish boy names and were contemplating Brandon, Bret, Brendt and Brian.  All that day, as Brian refused to budge (even with the help of Petocin) we still couldn’t decide on his name.

Back in 1995 VH1 played music all day and then at 5:00 pm switched to the Comedy Channel, a precursor to Comedy Central.

At 5:30 pm Brian finally decides to co-operate and allow himself to be coaxed out into the world as VH1 switches from music to comedy.  Twenty minutes later, while in the middle of some major pushing and swearing, small voices can be heard saying:

Brian: I’m not the Messiah! Will you please listen? I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly!
Girl: Only the true Messiah denies His divinity.
Brian: What? Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right! I am the Messiah!
Followers: He is! He is the Messiah!
Brian: Now, fuc* off!
Arthur: How shall we fuc* off, O Lord?”

My doctor turns around, looks up and says, “What in the heck is that?  Do you want me to have it turned off?”

I look up and notice it is Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

“God no!  Are you kidding me?” I respond, “It’s perfect.”

I sigh, “His name is Brian.”

Thus Brian was born during The Life of Brian.

However … we prefer to tell him he is named after Brian Boru.

Happy Birthday Brian.



Until next time-


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Catherine’s hopes to make this blog a safe place for thyroid sufferers to come laugh and share the funnier side of thyroid disease while raising awareness around the world. She is a published author, known for her humorous speeches on finding your dream life and blogging for fun and profit. Catherine writes about her dream life at, 8 Women Dream and several online marketing publications. She would also like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations. Catherine posts on M/W/F. Join me on Google+ rapieress@aol.com

9 Responses to Why Monty Python Makes For A Bad Birthing Coach

  1. Jeremy (Discovering Dad) April 28, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Birthdays are always great fun! Kids grow up too fast though!!! Happy Birthday to Brian :-)

  2. Lynne April 28, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    Dear Catherine,
    Let me be the first to officially welcome you into the parents of teenagers club!! It will be a short time between now and 18, so enjoy every minute of hair pulling, religion questioning insanity that will ensue.
    I survived my son’s teens with my questionable sanity relatively intact. I feel sure that you will also survive Brian’s learning to drive and date with yours intact as well…
    Happy Birthday to Brian! Now you are becoming a true young man…

  3. Theresa April 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    A very happy birthday to Brian. The Life of Brian, that’s brilliant! We were trying to decide between Paula and Violeta for our third. She came out kind of purplish, so we went with Violeta. It’s a decisive moment, isn’t it? And you’re probably right about not telling him where is name came from, he’d probably go around bragging about it to his friends and reciting dialogs from the film.

  4. BobG April 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    To Brian: Congratulations on becoming a teenager.

    To Catherine: Condolences on Brian becoming a teenager.

    Now is the start of interesting”>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_you_live_in_interesting_times'>interesting times.

  5. Omyword! Did I Say That? April 29, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    That is a GREAT story. It even beats my own, where my mother named me (my middle name) after a prostitute when she watched the old classic movie Camille in the hospital. :-)

  6. Dorothy Stahlnecker April 29, 2008 at 9:36 pm #

    Congratulation Brian, welcome as a teenager. Life will never be the same for you or mom..

    Our best,
    Dorothy from grammology
    remember to call gram

  7. delmer April 30, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

    That is a very cool story. I wonder if Brian is aware of how lucky it is he wasn’t named Throat Warbler Mangrove.

    Happy Birthday to Brian.

  8. Candid April 30, 2008 at 10:05 pm #


    Love that you finally decided upon a name after a MP movie! I have two born in April…stubborn kids…all looking for their shoes!!

    AND Happy Birthday Brian! (to both of you!!)

  9. Whiney Momma May 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    Oh, that’s too funny. I wish I had something like that when we were deciding on my son’s name too. When I was pushing, I don’t think I heard anything else going on in the room. I was in so much pain I think I just blocked it all out. With my daughter, they had me on drugs and I watched at least 5 movies that day!

    Hope he had a happy birthday!

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