due date

by humanmama on September 30, 2011

Today is the “official” due date for my sister’s pregnancy. She and her hubs are anxiously, exhaustively, awaiting a baby boy. Nothing yet, but hope for soon.

If you have children, do you remember those last weeks? Because they are so. long. They are not normal weeks, or days, or hours. They are a waiting game. You are just so excited to have that baby, to not throw up or be nauseated when you’re hungry…. I say this all the time, so stop me if you’ve heard it, but I think pregnancy is so long for one reason: you’re actually ready to deliver at 7 months, but after 9 months comes and goes, you don’t even care if it hurts anymore. You just want it to end.

I remember very well when I was due with our first. They sent me home May 4th from work, saying “you’ll go into labor at any time.” I had waaaay too much amniotic fluid, and they said it wasn’t worth being so miserable, rest and your water will break at any time. I think it was Memorial Day that I made up my mind to call the Doctor, and when I did, she scheduled me to be induced. In June. Needless to say, I was hoping to go into labor before that.

I don’t think my body goes in to labor. I’ve talked to other women who feel the same way. I think if this were medieval times, I would have died, somewhere after 50 weeks gestation, when my baby simply ate more than I did and eventually ate me. At least, that’s what I was feeling, after 40 weeks came and went.

The very best thing for me about being pregnant was not being pregnant anymore. And, saying, look! A baby! That I grew in my own body! That was good too. But, man, just tying my shoes again. Yeah. That was a good feeling.

Good luck, my lovely sister. It’ll come soon. And then one day, you’ll look back and not be able to remember this time, before.



This was me--not even to the last week, but so ready to deliver.

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Erin September 30, 2011 at 11:28 pm

And not long after you looked like that you met me! :) No matter how big we get, or how many stretch marks, I know you’ll agree that we wouldn’t change it for the world! I’d do it all over again to have my three little ones (though I do wish all 3 pregnancies were as easy as the last!) Best of luck to B!


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