Some Pins And Needles Waiting For Baby

A dramatic moment in an NCAA basketball game made my husband think I was going into labor!

I fell asleep with the TV on Thursday night and woke up before my alarm, just after midnight.  College basketball was still on, and a game was in overtime.  This was the dramatic game between Kansas State and Xavier.  If you saw the game or any of the highlights, you probably saw when a player from Xavier hit a three-pointer from well behind the three-point line at the end of the first overtime to send the game to a second overtime.  It was pretty impressive, so impressive, in fact, that I shouted "Oh my goodness!"  I said it loud enough that my husband, who was up late working in the office downstairs, heard me.  He replied, "Are you ok?"  The poor guy thought I was going into labor. 

Yes, with my due date just a few days away, we are both curious, and truthfully, anxious about when the baby will arrive.   Even though we make weekly visits to the doctor's office, they can't say with any certainty whether the baby will come in the next five hours or the next five days.  "No predictions," the midwife told me Thursday.

So we continue watching for the signs of labor, thinking about gut feelings and seeing what our friends and family have predicted.  We set up a guessing game about when people think the baby will be born and what the sex will be, along with the baby's height and weight (You can set your own game up at   Many people feel like the baby will wait until the calendar turns the page into April for this baby to arrive, though my due date is March 30.  We'll see! 

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  • by rita Location: washington on Jun 20, 2010 at 08:56 PM
    to TOM don't listen to anyone about breastfeeding as it is the ONLY way to go. I was made to feel guilty by PCMH nurses. I kept telling them he needed formula. They just kept telling me my milk had just not come in. I made my own decision. he would have starved to death if I had not put him on formula. I did not have enough milk and I HAD to bottle feed him. He is a healthy 22 yr old now. Go by your own gut feeling and what your baby can really tell you. You and his mama will know. Good luck and best wishes.
  • by Stephanie Location: Chocowinity on Mar 28, 2010 at 04:22 AM
    HEather.. Get used to it. Every little whimper you have between now and when the baby gets here will bring a barage of" Are you Ok"... " Is it time"... "Where are the Bags ?". Enjoy this time, it wont last mich longer !
  • by Michelle Location: Martin Co. on Mar 27, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    Praying for you and your family to have a happy, safe and as easy as possible labor and delivery! You are a ray of sunshine that I wake up to every morning and that beautiful smile at 5am is a sweet welcome sight while the coffee is brewing! I hope that your maternity leave is as long as you need it to be though - 12 weeks would be good. Don't rush back in like I did. I thought I was irreplaceable and went back after 5 weeks. You'll never get that time back. Take what you need and take care of yourself and that precious child. We all love you, Heather!!! God Bless you all!
  • by Tim Location: Washington on Mar 26, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    All we heard about from Greenville Pediatrics and Pitt County Memorial Hospital was that mothers should breastfeed. There were posters all over the birthing wing of the hospital too. Any thoughts?

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