Yesterday I had a free second to upload some new videos to Facebook. There were 3 videos to be exact: Salem Smiles, Eden Meets Salem at the Hospital, and Salem’s birth which was a private video for just a few friends and family.
I decided to upload the birth video first since it was 5 minutes and would take the longest. I let it load and then left the laptop. I came back about 30 minutes later and saw that it was uploaded and needed to be edited. Then I saw 5 ominous red letters by the comment section alerting me to comments that I needed to see. THEN I saw that they were video comments. Dear Lord, Please say this video didn’t post public to Facebook. Amen.
And then the voice of God said, “Yes, Rebecca, it did.” – Psalms 12:4
I felt lucky for 3 reasons:
1-It was a G rated video of just faces. Nothing awkward here except for using the V word in the first 5 seconds which is totally appropriate while in labor.
2-This happened to me aka a person who is very open and not easily embarrassed although, this pushed it, sisters.
3- A lot of random people watched it so even if you thought it was weird and even if you initially thought I meant to post it, well, what can you say because you watched it.
I laughed and I enjoyed a good bizarre moment. Nay, many moments convulessing into 5 mintues of moments which equalled my birth video.
I’m not sure what I enjoyed more: an experience to cringe and laugh at or the fact that all the suckers who watched it when it was public had to see my umbilical cord and see me touch it. I don’t believe in Karma but boy if I did…. This was a big ole’ cord of it.
Within 2 minutes of finding out about my Facebook error, I immediately set the video to private and posted a status saying that I did NOT mean for that to be public. However, I do appreciate all of the thumbs up people liked on the post. I also enjoyed a bounty of comments. All in all, it turned out to be a rather enjoyable experience. I highly recommend it. Or not.
As for Facebook though, come on guys! You can’t automatically post a video without asking for privacy settings first. My pushing privacy never even had a chance. I don’t think Tom exists on friends list anymore but if he did, I would so delete him…right after I tagged him in the video for his Karma. The video description would say:
“This is a video of me giving birth that Tom made all of you watch. Enjoy the cord. Love, Rebecca”
It’s not bad for someone to watch the G rated image of your face while you push but there is something weird about having unsolicited viewers of yourself in labor. NO one should see all my double chins pushing. No one. So to Tom I say thank you. To my 800 Facebook viewers I say, “You’re welcome.” And I think it’s Santa Claus that said it best, “Merry Christmas to all and to all, a good night.”