Wednesday, April 29, 2009


The due date, April 27th, has come and gone. For the past several months, I have been counting down the days to April 27th. My planner at work has little X's crossing out each day and the 27th was a big and colorfuly marked goal that kept coming closer and closer with each X. Now, there is an X over the 27th as well. It was very anti-climatic.
I continue to cross out days, although I am not quite sure what I am counting down to, but I know that I can't have this big belly forever. At some point, something has got to happen. Although it sometimes feels like it, I know pregnancy can not be a permanant condition.
Meanwhile, Peter is happy that I am still able to go to work and earn more money and he is still able to study for his finals with out trying to balance school with being a new dad. Peter told me all along he wanted our daughter to wait until after his finals are done, May 6th, and it looks like that may just be what happens.
I haven't felt any contractions at all and think I should be more uncomfortable or in pain if anything was going to happen anytime soon. Yesterday, I decided to do my part to bring on labor and so every hour, on the hour, I hiked up from my basement office to the fifth floor of our building. By the end of the day, several of my coworkers had joined in with me. Unfortunantly, the only thing it did was make my calves ache. So this morning when I woke up, it wasn't with just a sore back but with aching legs. Well, I guess if it doesn't induce labor, it can't hurt to work on toning up my legs.

The doctor encouraged us to set the induction for this Friday, but I really want the baby to come on her own. So we put off the induction date till next Thursday, May 7th, the day after Peter's last final.

I hope this picture is not inappropriate, but I think it is so funny. Peter and I are both amazed at how big my belly has grown over the last several months. Peter wanted to make sure that we knew just how big it really is so he had me hold the chapstick to act as a scale.

The good news is that besides the fact that the suspense and the waiting is killing me, I don't feel as miserable as people told me I would feel at the end. I still have lots of energy and am still enjoying the big belly that is a constant reminder that there is a real baby inside of me. I love feeling her move around, and especially love the constant hiccups. I can't believe how often this baby has the hiccups! Best of all, I love the excitement of knowing that it could happen any day and the constant thinking and dreaming about what our baby will look like and what it will be like to be a mother.


Laura said...

HANG IN THERE! There is nothing that will ever compare to the waiting of those last final days. Tell Peter it's good luck to have kids amidst finals--Alex was born about a week before Jeremy's first set during law school and he even managed a couple of A's. Luckily she'll be sleeping alot and you have the mammaries attached, so Peter won't HAVE to be up too much at night if she arrives before the finals. GOOD LUCK! (and that's hardly a big belly!-wait till a couple more down the line--it gets bigger each time.)

Chief Momma said...

I can't believe you pushed your induction back to May 7th! Let's hope you don't go that long.

Good're more patient that I am, I was dying right about now.

J'lene Fernandez Merrill said...

Both you and Dellenbach are now over due. Fielding that is crazy, how are you still working?! I am so impatient I want mine out already. I lost my phone so I am using my dad's old phone. Can you text me (at my same number) your number? I want to talk to you soon. love you

The Piepers said...

What a cute post! I'm excited to see what the baby looks like!! We'll be waiting for an update. :)


brent and kashann said...

Whoa, I thought black was suppossed to be slimming until I saw that top picture!

love, your favorite brother-in-law

Good luck getting that out by the way.

Chief Momma said...

hahaha, I am laughing so hard at Brent's comment. Sorry, I know it was mean what he said, but it's still funny.

The Parkin Family said...

Good for you. I was like get this baby out of me now!

StevenKatie said...

You look like you are ready to pop at any minute!

Angela said...

So, I think you are actually in labor right now! I have been thinking about you all evening and thinking about how I am so glad you are doing this first so you can give me all the advice on what to do and what not to do when I have a baby! I can't waite to hear from you!

Angela said...

And by the way, after that last message I realized it looked like Lisa and I are lovers, so I changed my profile to reflect my current satus. Married to my handsome husband. So there.