The Situation

The Situation

This picture was taken on Sunday. Compare it to this picture from January.

According to conventional pregnancy calculations, our first baby’s due date is today, 4 August 2009. Having managed the past nine months like a trooper, Laura is clearly ready for this to happen sooner rather than later. I’m in awe of how well she’s held up, how thoroughly and thoughtfully and what a physically generous a job she’s done giving life to this baby so far, and so I’m as anxious as she is for things to get going, for us to finally arrive at this destination we’ve been looking forward to for so long.

However, we’re told that the first baby almost always comes sometime after the official due date, so we probably won’t induce labor for at least a few days, and then preferably only through acupuncture, or foot massage, or eating eggplant parmigiana — we want to have this child without medical intervention, if we can. That means we’re biding our time patiently, nervously, excitedly, and trying to act like everything’s normal. As normal as we can manage knowing the world is going to change at some random hour in the next week or so.

If you get a chance, leave some encouraging thoughts for Laura here.

  1. Second that, we also had our baby girl in december. Nothing, absolutely nothing can prepare you for this, so I don’t even try.

    Just relax! It’s awesome what life can do without us even guessing what is going on.

    The best of luck for all three of you!

  2. Just had our first child ten weeks ago. At home, unmedicated water birth. It was a fantastic, unbelievable experience. Congratulations and enjoy the ride!

  3. Looking lovely, It’s time for some spicy food, long walks, and (dare I say it?) sex. That is, assuming you’re impatient for this baby to make an appearance sooner rather than later…

    Best of luck to you both, and enjoy this time while it lasts. You’ll miss it soon enough. 🙂

  4. Well, it is time to add a little color to this scene…
    pink will be perfect. Laura is ready, I know.
    Bouncy-girl will come when she is, too; it won’t
    be long now, I just know it. In the meantime,
    say it, SAY IT! SEX! Nevermind the inducing qualities,
    get it while you can without interruption! Hee. (er, She!)

  5. What a lovely image to capture this moment in your lives. Live them to the fullest and get as much sleep as you can before your baby girl arrives.

    It is a moment that words will never fully describe. Those following are just as eventful, if not frustrating at times Ё but it is completely worth it.

  6. Congratulations Khoi and Laura! I can’t believe how quickly the time flew…your life as you know it is about to change. It’s amazing, enjoy every moment.

  7. Nice image. Love the contrast and lighting. Enjoy this last bit of pre-baby life… Sleep while you can… 😉

  8. Congrats! I was trying to remember when you guys were due. The first two weeks are tough but it gets better after that. The goal is to get the baby above birth weight. Hold tight as the sleep deprevation will set in quick and you’ll both be prone to the occasional melt down.

    I recommend Babywise. It’s a book that helps you regulate the baby’s schedule so he/she will sleep through the night. Ours is 11 wweks now and has one late night feeding and frequently a second but he goes to bed at 8pm and gets up at 7:30 and sleeps like a rock.

  9. Laura,
    I’m a long-time friend of Khoi’s and just wanted to leave some encouraging words. I was two weeks late for both our kids (who are 1 & 2 now). I did NOT want to induce. These last few days are tough but try to enjoy this time. It’s a blip of time in the whole scheme of things and long after the baby is born, you’ll look endearingly back at the time you were pregnant and maybe even wish for this time again. Hang in there. The baby will be here before you know it!

    Best to you both!

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