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Due Date
September 25, 2007, 10:56 am
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Today is our official due date. And no sign of baby. We’re scheduled to take the first step of induction on Thursday night, then if we don’t succeed…we will be fully induced Friday. So we should have a baby by this weekend. And it just occurred to me that this means that last weekend was our last weekend as DINKs (Double Income, No Kids). And what did we do? Well, Todd played golf, played hockey, worked in the yard… I kind of sat around. Did a little bit of fruitless shopping. And we went to see a movie.

Work is just weird at this point. There’s nothing I can start working on, because I’d just be leaving it in someone else’s lap, half finished. This really grates on me for some reason, not feeling 100% productive. I can’t really take the days OFF because I don’t have the vacation days to use – they’ll be used up in maternity leave. So I sit here and sit in on meetings and phone calls and try to contribute where I can. But really, I just want the baby to come so that I can sign off of work in a more official manner.

So that’s my news. That there is none. Happy day!


Laxative, anyone?
September 17, 2007, 10:33 am
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Todd sent this to me this morning. Take a look at the name of this bike:

Big Easy Deuce

Still waiting…
September 17, 2007, 8:28 am
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I’ve never been one to go to the doctor’s office hoping for pain, hoping for someone to admit me to the hospital. I mean, I’m a hypochondriac for sure, but never have I felt the need to be hospitalized or anything. Maybe I’ve feared it for no reason, but I’ve certainly never begged for it.

I thought for sure today’s appointment would reveal something new and exciting. That the doctor would examine me and say, “Well, let’s send you over to the hospital!” I purposely didn’t bring my packed bag with us just to test fate a little bit. I didn’t shave my legs for the same reason.

But no real change today. I’ve progressed a little bit, which the doctor says is great. My body is in a “favorable condition” to have this baby at any time, even to induce labor, should we feel the need for it. If I haven’t delivered by next Monday’s appointment, she said we could talk about induction that day. I’m just hoping not to make it to next Monday…

Todd’s cell phone broke last night and I was tempted to ask him not to replace it…so that we can push the boundaries a little more with the “all stars must be aligned” delivery. But he got a new one this morning. The phone broke, of course, one month before he was eligible for his upgrade. Things always seem to happen that way. But I did have a stroke of luck this weekend. We went to breakfast on Saturday morning and passed by a neat little dog place (it’s a spa/resort/retail store for dogs), so we stopped in to see what it was all about. Really neat place for dogs – you can take your dog there just to hang out and play with other dogs for the day, or you can board them there in really good boarding conditions. Unlike the vet’s office or other places where they just confine them to a crate and take them out only for walks and feedings, this place gives your dog a whole room with couches and what-not…and the ability to socialize with other dogs while they’re there. It’s great. We immediately thought this was a place that Jack would love, given that he loves to play with other dogs but doesn’t really have any friends to play with on a regular basis.

On the way out of the place (and about $50+ worth of merchandise later) we registered for a free stay. The next day they had their grand prize drawing and we won!! Five nights free! At first, I thought that maybe everyone “wins”, kind of like those “Register for a free sitting and 8×10 photo of your family” things you see in restaurants. But no, they want us to come in, bring Jack and have our picture taken as the grand prize winners! Jack’s going to be so excited. And the place doesn’t stink.

Anyway, I can’t say that I’ve never won anything! But I can say that I’m not very good at waiting on a baby to arrive…or waiting on a pot of water to boil. I’m a little anxious. Impatient. READY!

September 14
September 14, 2007, 7:48 am
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Today is supposed to be D-Day, according to my intuition. Although I feel the same as I did yesterday. I was just SURE that I’d wake up in the middle of the night last night with contractions, maybe some breakage of the waters, something. But nothing. One should probably not hold out for a particular date. As a matter of fact, it makes even more sense that doctors don’t even give their OB patients a “due date”. Maybe something more nebulous, like “You’re due sometime near the end of September.” It feels like that would make life easier here toward the end. All this anticipation and waiting. And anxiety.

And discomfort. Man, I’ve been relatively comfortable throughout my pregnancy. Now I just desire to lay on the couch all day and watch TV or sleep. I took a two hour nap yesterday after work and still had no problem going to sleep last night before the Colbert Report was even finished. I usually watch all of it, and then some. I just wake up all night long and then can’t go back to sleep. I woke up around 4:45 this morning and didn’t go back to sleep until at least 6:30…I can’t begin to tell you the hundreds of things going through my mind at that point in time.

I know, this lack of sleep through the night is only the beginning.

Yesterday, I pulled into the parking lot of the UPS store near our house to get some stamps. When I was done with my errand, I walked back to my car, got settled to pull out of the parking lot, and looked over at an older man getting out of his car. The dude was older, for sure, but was obviously on the job – as he had on one of those company embroidered logo polo shirts and khakis. I don’t know what made me watch him, but I did. I watched him get out of his Toyota Camry with some papers in his hand (likely going into UPS to either mail or make copies of them). He walked toward the UPS store, then turned around and went to his trunk. Again, I’m not sure why I’m still watching the dude at this point, but I am. He shuffled his way back to his trunk, opened it, and took out a bottle of liquor – what looked like vodka or something else clear – but unmistakably a glass liquor bottle. Unscrewed the top, took a big ole swig, put the top back on, and placed it back into his trunk, then headed into the store.

Now, I know people drink and drive. We all know that. But this…this floored me for some reason. It made me wonder how many swigs of that liquor he’d taken throughout the day. It made me wonder how many other people on the streets are doing this. It made me a little scared for a minute…And of course, I felt really sorry for the man.

When I’m driving late on a weekend night, I’m a little more cautious. I’m cautious because in the back of my mind, that’s when people are drinking and driving. I know I should always drive carefully, but that little incident yesterday made it clear that my assumption about drunk drivers and weekends is just me being naive about things. Not necessarily naive, but putting those behaviors into a box like that…It just doesn’t work.

Then, as always, I wonder about situations like those – me sitting in the parking lot, feeling compelled to watch this man…Was I supposed to do something about it? Was I supposed to try to talk to him? Of course, I didn’t. I just picked up my cell phone and called Todd, almost yelling into his voicemail the string of events that had just taken place, just dumbfounded.

Anyway, that’s the only news I have for you. I watched an older man sip a little toddy out of the trunk of his Camry yesterday. And I’m impatiently waiting for the arrival of this baby into this world…begging every few hours for God to place me into what will likely be the worst pain in my entire life.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Still a whole lotta nothin’
September 12, 2007, 11:34 am
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Like true love, labor apparently happens when you least expect it.

I’m trying to “least expect it” all day long.

Not much progress…
September 10, 2007, 1:28 pm
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Do you know how much 1/2 cm is? NOT MUCH.

Do you know how frustrating that is? A WHOLE LOT OF FRUSTRATING.

Guess this child already has a mind of his/her own. I’ll have to put that in check minutes after the delivery.

Moving Along…
September 1, 2007, 6:34 am
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Yesterday Todd and I showed up for our weekly appointment with the OB, not in any way prepared for the news we received. At our last appointment, nothing had changed. Baby was still on schedule, no surprises. This appointment, however, was a total shocker. In a week’s time everything had changed. I am 50% effaced and baby is in the -1 station. That means it’s getting closer, people. Much closer, and must faster than we expected!

Really, “expected” isn’t the right word to use there. We never know what to expect. It wasn’t what I’d PLANNED for. When I asked the doctor, “What does that mean, though….”, she said that we would likely not last these next four weeks. She thinks baby will be here in two weeks. Two. Dos. One, two. Fourteen days. Ten business days. The time it takes to get the cable guy to come to your house to fix your cable. The time it takes to take a good vacation. It’s no time at all! No time for anything!

So I’m freaking out a little bit. It’s definitely the first of many tests on my control, I know.

When we found out I was pregnant I predicted a delivery date of September 14. It looks like I could be closer to that date than I’d imagined. We shall see…