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Our Due Date is Here…just not the baby

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It seems that we’ve reached the end of our pregnancy as today marks the 40th week of Junior’s shack up in my wife’s uterus.

So sound the vuvuzela and crack open the non-alcoholic champagne!

The only teeny-tiny issue is that Junior has seemingly decided to take a page from the Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to Occupy the Womb.

We’ve got our final scheduled exam with the obstetrician tomorrow – so hopefully we’ll get some perspective and timing on Junior’s secret exit strategy.

In the meantime, here’s what the experts at BabyCenter.com are saying about our baby:

It’s hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. His skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it’s a snug fit through the birth canal during labor.

This so-called “molding” is the reason your baby’s noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Rest assured — it’s normal and temporary.

After months of anticipation, your due date rolls around, and… you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason.

You still have a couple of weeks before you’ll be considered “post-term.” But to be sure your baby is still thriving, your practitioner will schedule you for testing to keep an eye on him if your pregnancy continues.

We have no doubt the baby is thriving because there seems to be more kicking occurring in my wife’s belly than:

…a Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee AND Sonny Chiba movie marathon on TNT.

…a European Championship Football match between Ireland, Spain and Croatia – all at the same time.

…the 2012 World Shin-Kicking Championship recently held in Britain.

We’ve hopeful that the boy will make an appearance before this weekend. The wife and I will see what we can do to spur that along.

Question: Other than the obvious “intimacy option,” what alternate G-rated suggestions do you have to encourage the birth of our kiddo?


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  1. It’s hard to wait, isn’t it? Our daughter is at 39 weeks and was ready to deliver last week. I’m heading up to Atlanta today to help her wait the last few days. Praying for you and your special delivery. Wouldn’t it be something if they were born on the same day? We’ll have to compare notes when they both decide to leave the womb for the world.
    Blessings to you both!

  2. 1. I love it when guys use the word “uterus.” Really. Self-aware and unashamed. You go.
    2. I would like to be in the Shin Kicking games. Do you get to choose your opponent, because, I have a few names…
    3. As a doula, I like to believe that babies come when they’re darn good and ready. I hope you can wait out the days restfully. Cheers.

  3. a long walk and spicy food helped my wife kick out our baby girl

  4. A nice long walk was the encouragement our first born required. Our second was born after a day of working in the garden.

  5. Congratulations on your baby. Waiting is always the hardest, I remember my two pregnancies 23 & 21 yrs ago. I was anxious for them to arrive, my first birth was two weeks late, and my second birth was 2.5 months early. He was not suppose to make it, but he provide medical science wrong and lived. He does have some disabilities but I would not trade him for nothing in the world. Good luck and Bless your family!

  6. One hopes that Junior finds a way to drop this “lateness” issue before it becomes a habit :-)

  7. Walking – it helps.

  8. Keeping busy and walking is what worked for me. Nothing strenuous, but just enough to get a little exercise and keep my mind busy so I wouldn’t be watching the clock and having anxiety build wondering why nothing is happening yet.

    I wish you guys all the best! The wait is well worth it! :)

  9. Take comfort in the fact that God has ordained the day of Jr’s arrival. Or go bowling.

  10. Mullenann4 says:

    WAIT. The baby will come out when he is cooked.

  11. babies work on their own schedule, not ours – both before and after birth. With any luck, the baby’s sleeping schedule will be more predictable after a while. Or Jackie Chan might just keep kicking. :-)

  12. Castor oil and Mexican food, I just don’t know the order.

  13. Maybe you could talk loudly about all the techno updates you would like to make to his room but you need to see him first to match his gadget persona with the new digs.

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