Passing the Time

Since I’m officially past due, I had my first non-stress test yesterday. It confirmed what I already thought: she’s a very healthy baby who is just choosing to take her time. Plenty of fluid in there, good heartrate, so we continue to wait. I have a feeling that I may go past everyone’s predictions from the “Guess the Birthday” game at the Virtual Shower. I think the latest guess was May 25. I guess this baby just likes to prove people wrong – she may beat out every weight guess, too, as she’s estimated to be around nine pounds.

We’ve tried most of the “natural” induction methods out there, aside from castor oil. Sorry, sitting on the toilet all day with strong intestinal cramping just doesn’t sound worth it to start labor. So now we’re moving on to the Murphy’s Law method of induction. We bought advance tickets to see Pirates of the Caribbean 3 tonight, and we’re making plans for the weekend.

The theory is that if we make plans to do something fun, the baby will decide it’s time to spoil those plans. It’s similar to a successful tactic used by a friend to get food to show up at a restaurant – as soon as he goes out for a smoke, the food always shows up. If this method works for us, my water will break just as the previews finish and the opening credits begin.

In the meantime, I’ve been tasked with a meme from Kari to reveal eight random facts about myself:

1. My favorite movie of all time is Moulin Rouge. I’ve watched it way too many times and yet never tire of it.

2. I was originally ambidextrous, and wrote better with my left hand, but thanks to pushy kindergarten teachers, I was forced to write with my right hand “for my own good”. I still use my left hand to open jars and do other tasks.

3. In high school, my normal lunch was a Snickers bar and an order of fries, unless it was pizza day. It’s amazing I grew at all.

4. I have a little “lucky troll” in my car that has been with me since I learned to drive. He must always be in my car. His hot pink hair has has faded to white, and the front half of him is burned black from all the sun exposure, but I won’t get rid of him.

5. I was a rennie for nine years. Translation: I was a costumed performer at a renaissance festival for nine years. I met my husband there, too.

6. When I was in Britain for a summer in college, I hitchhiked once. It was in Scotland, just outside Inverness, and I missed my bus going back from a tour of Loch Ness. It was only a 5 mile or so walk back, so I started walking, but was stopped three times and offered a ride. I accepted on the third one – it was a family with a small child, so I felt safe. Turns out even my travel guide said hitchhiking is safe in the Scottish highlands. Nice people.

7. I have a scar just under my lower lip. During the blizzard of ’78, my mom took me into a store and set me down, thinking I had my footing. I didn’t, and fell on my face (big snowsuit – couldn’t move arms), putting my tooth through my lip.

8. I always feel awkward tagging people to do memes. So if you’d like to play, consider yourself tagged!

Thanks, Kari! That helped kill a little time while I continue waiting. (Don’t worry, Kate, I haven’t forgotten your meme tag, either, and will probably get to it tomorrow!) Now I must get back to my other way to pass the time – chasing after a cranky toddler who has taken to calling me “Mr. Mommy.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I loved your Murphy’s Law method to get the ball rolling :-D
    If you still, after that trick, need/wish to engourage your labor the start naturally, try maternity acupressure available at
    Have a great weekend!

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  3. Are you twiddling your thumbs yet? I guess Cordy won’t allow for that much sitting around. ha ha! That was a fun meme to read. Neat about the hitchiking in the Scottish highlands. We actually picked up some hitchhikers there when we were visiting. They were from Norway, I think. It’s fun to randomly meet people like that and find out about life in a different country. Your lucky troll sounds really gross. ha ha!

    Hugs to all of you and tickles to Cordy! “Mr. Mommy” is really funny. What a hoot she is! :oD

  4. I love Moulin Rouge.

    I used to hitchhike a lot when I was a teenager. Until I got picked up by a neighbour who told my parents!

  5. love love love moulin rouge.

  6. nomotherearth says:

    I do think that Moulin Rouge is The Greatest Movie of All Time. I love it! I am constantly surprised, though, by the number of people who hate it. What’s there to hate??

  7. Jennifer says:

    I agree about the castor oil trick, not that I ever needed to try it, but still…intestinal cramping, diarrhea=no fun at all.

    You just reminded me that I must get this meme done.

  8. MamaMichelsBabies says:

    Mr Mommy? Could be worse. Monkey still calls me Daddy…. yeah… confused.

    Last time I was at Ren Fest I got tipsy and managed to get hustled into a 200 doller gryphon that sat on my shoulder and moved around by a little hand thingie that I controlled. My husband was ever so pleased with me. Especially after I left it down and the puppy ate it. Yeah… one spendy chew toy. But I do vaguely remember having fun hehe.

    *crossing fingers* I hope you go soon!

  9. Momma to LG says:

    I hope you go soon because I don’t want a *BIG* baby to ruin your hopes of a VBAC.
    ~~~~~~******Labor Vibes~~~~~*****

  10. c’mon out little girl! I think your strategy is excellent–hope it works for you.

    I had a standard lunch in 8th grade that was a chocolate milkshake and pretzels. o so nutritious.

  11. flutter says:

    *thinking baby thoughts*

  12. Adventures In Babywearing says:

    I used to cat-sit for my Improv teacher in college when he’d do the Renaissance Fairs in Wisconsin every summer. I always wished I could tag along, too…


  13. LA Daddy says:

    I had that ambidextrous thing going on, too. No left handed scissors so they pushed me to the right.

    I remember the Blizzard of ’78! We had to go to school on alternate days. Good times! Snow completely covered our front door.

    Try walking a lot. That might help too. I’ve heard. LA Toddler was a few weeks early.

  14. Shannon says:

    you DO know that pirates is 2 HOURS AND 45 MINUTES LONG, right? that will definatly get labor started. You’ll be almost done with the film, and she will decide to come, just before the ending- which, BTW, is great!
    And I had chocolate milkshakes and fried from I think 5th grade to 8th- ah, the wonder of al la carte lunches..

  15. I’m thinking plans for the weekend are exactly what you need.

    When Sam was late I was told to pump with an electric pump for 20 minutes every 3 hours because my doc and I were both very against an induction. It worked that day. I’d certainly talk to your doc/midwife about it first since you are trying for a VBAC and this method can start very strong contractions very quickly, but it may be worth considering. Feel free to email me if you have questions about it.

  16. I was slow to appreciate moulin rouge – I think I shut it off 3 times before I got into it. Love it now.

    Good luck with the Murphy’s Law thing – I think it’s the way to go, and then you’ll know that the baby has a sense of humour!

  17. superdumb says:

    Hmm, maybe I can switch my votes on the due dates and be closer… but I hope you go sooner, for your sake!

    Christina – 6/4 at 1:28pm 17 and 1/2 inches, 8lbs 14 oz
    Liz – 5/14 at 7:13am 21 inches and 6 lbs 9 oz.

  18. MBKimmy says:

    Try some rasperberry tea … from the health store … Rasperberry tea leaves … heard it works!

  19. You definitely want a well-done baby. So let her hang out.

    Your H.S. lunch? Every day during junior high, I bought a cookie and a coke for lunch. That way I could save the rest of my lunch money for candy on the way home. What a health food diet!

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