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Our Cardboard Cutout Baby Stand-in

Our Stand-in Cardboard Baby

My wife, who’s 41-weeks pregnant today, has her last scheduled out-patient doctor’s visit this afternoon.

They’ll check and see if there’s any additional dilation and cervical thinning to (perhaps) indicate when the baby might be making his soon arrival.

If the doctor tells us  there’s no additional action and that the boy is hunkered in tighter than a WWI Doughboy in a embattled trench on the Western Front – we’re prepared for a C-section later in the week.

In the meantime we’re waiting.

And waiting sometimes makes people do some silly things. In the tradition of Castaway and Tom Hanks’ famous inanimate co-star – a Wilson volleyball – I went ahead and created a cardboard cutout baby stand-in [see photo insert].

Initially, it seemed like a good idea but our daughters staged a short :35 second protest that we captured on video to share.

  • theromanticvineyard

    Hahaha!! That’s hilarious. I pray T.J. will make his grand entrance soon.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Thanks Debi – the girls are natural hams (not quite sure where they get that from ;-)

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    That’s adorable! My 8year old son watched the video and giggled :)

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Thanks Eileen – my goal in life is to always be able to make pre-teen children laugh – it keeps me young ;-)

  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    After TJ’s arrival I wonder how long it will take for them to start asking, “Can we send him back?” haha. :-) Congrats on Baby #3!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Now THAT is comedy! It’s always a delight seeing you stop by Kelly – thanks for the support!

  • Smithkar

    Nana & Papa feel the same way girls…”We want TJ” too!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Hah, thanks for commenting Karen – anxious to see you all…SOON!!!

  • Mullenann4

    Patience. It has been my experience that sometimes threatening the child with a c-section is enough to make one come out. I hope that this happens. C-sections are not as necessary as doctors think they are.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Thanks Ann! Patience is indeed a virtue…..(in which I’m seriously lacking)

  • http://shipboundfortarshish.wordpress.com/ Bonnie Anderson

    Your girls are so cute. And I continue to believe you all are going a little crazy in the waiting. Crazy = Fun!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Crazy = Fun, I like your kind of calculus Bonnie !

  • ChristineMann

    This is laugh-out-loud-cute!

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      I appreciate that Christine – our girls are pretty special!

  • Donovan


    I am wondering if you are under utilizing this particular blog post here. My capitalist roots kick in and I start to wonder if the cardboard baby could be taken up a notch.

    Yeah, having a “all natural carbon fiber” stand in is expedient, but given the popularity of your blog, couldn’t you substitute “this space for rent” in place of “insert baby here.”

    Yeah, it loses some of the sentiment, but it does open up an alternate revenue stream for Legos, boy scout uniforms, dirt bikes, stitches–you know the stuff boys typically need.

    We are cheering for you! Look forward to TJ coming soon.

    • http://www.thedailyretort.com/ TorConstantino

      Hah, why stop there! Why not rent space on his footie pajamas like Nascar drivers or sponsor emblems on his stroller – turn it into a rolling billboard. Children as secondary revenue streams – love it!