You’d think that since we’re about to have our fifth kid that we’d have somewhat of a clue as to what’s going on with this labor.
But it was on Tuesday we found out Jennifer was 3cm dilated and every day since then there have been intermittent periods of ongoing contractions.
Today has been a long day of regular but sometimes infrequent contractions.
Things were slowing down so now we’re out walking. Yes, I’m typing this from the walking trail.
Though the baby is taking her own sweet time getting here, I feel like we’re already making very distinct memories from this experience.
Jennifer just said that she’s had one long prolonged contraction the entire time we’ve been walking, and we’re just coming up on a mile now.
Anything could happen at this point. She could be out in a few hours, tomorrow, or next week. For now, we’re just moving forward and we’re thankful for your prayers.
So we started the day with Jennifer having some hard contractions between 5 and 6 AM.
After that, not much else.
Per a listener’s recommendation, we had fresh pineapple for breakfast. That didn’t work to bring on contractions.
Around noon a friend came over to watch the boys so we could go power walking around the mall. That didn’t work either.
Jennifer and I decided to take advantage of being out by ourselves, and her mother had taken over watching the boys, so we went and saw Marley and Me. Good movie. But that didn’t work, either.
Now we’re going to Mass, just in case the baby comes tonight or tomorrow.
But at the rate we’re going, maybe a birth on the radio Monday is not out of the question.
We’re broadcasting at the moment and Jennifer is having contractions approximately every 10 minutes. She just started standing to bring on more contractions. We’re praying for hard labor by the end of the program!
I went to the OBGYN today for my regularly scheduled weekly checkups and lo and behold did I get some good news today! The midwife confirmed that I am currently walking around at 3 cm dilated! (Plus, I also lost another half pound on the scales, which always puts a smile on my face!) Of course, the midwife did remind me that I could continue to walk around for up to a week at 3cm dilated, but in my heart, I know that I won’t. With this encouraging news of this dilation, we went ahead and finished all our packing and leaving instruction notes for grandma to hold down the fort whenever it’s time to rush to the hospital.
We are very excited that our little girl will be here soon! We will do our best to keep you guys in the loop on a moment to moment basis. And if we don’t, it’s only because Greg couldn’t get a wireless signal to upload. Trust me, that would be the only reason!
Thank you for all prayers and well wishes that you left for me on this website and on my Facebook page. You guys are awesome and it’s been so much fun sharing this experience with all of you.
Last month Ben had walking pneumonia. Now, for the last 10 days, Sam has had a really bad cough.
Jennifer brought him to the doctor on Thursday and he missed two days of school last week.
After completing a round of antibiotics, his cough is just as bad. Last night he coughed for almost two hours before falling asleep, and it was bad enough he had to miss Mass. Not sure if he’s ever had to miss Mass since he was a toddler.
So now we’re back at the doctor and she says his lungs sound worse.
Right now he’s getting a breathing treatment and then we’re heading to the hospital for a chest X-ray. After that, we’ll need prescriptions for an inhaler and another antibiotic because he now also has an ear infection.
So he’s all messed up.
Maybe this is why the baby girl hasn’t arrived yet. We need a completely healthy house for her to come home to.
So we’re down to just single digits in the number of days until the baby’s due date.
Lots of people are trying to guess the name (we’re still not telling!) but here’s the chance for you to have bragging rights. Leave a comment with your guess for:
No prizes awarded, but you’ll forever have the right to say, “I knew it!”
Oh, and if you want to know what the baby’s using, be sure the find out here.
We figured it was time to break out the monkey for some good old diaper changing practice. My mother gave our soon-to-be born diaper a stuffed monkey for Christmas, so we used that for practice. It’s always a little shocking to be reminded of just how small newborn diapers are.
This little girl is still very active in my womb and I wonder if it’s possible for her to remain this active even when I eventually go into labor.
The big question is will this baby girl come early, on time or dare I say “late”? Here’s my delivery history:
Sam was born 1 week early.
Walt came 2 weeks early, but was induced, so who knows when he would have come.
Ben was 2-3 days early.
Tom was on time.
I’ve had teachers in the past who were amused by my drawing during class and others who would be driven crazy by it.
I’ve always found that in some situations, doodling helps me to concentrate.
During today’s show, I suddenly realized I was drawing Jennifer. By the end of the show, I was done.
Not a spot on drawing, but if our lives were cartoons, I imagine Jennifer would look like this.
Click through to see the drawing next to the model. 🙂
It is a very, very, very rare thing when I am home alone.
There is always someone else in the house, making noises, talking, doing something. That’s a part of being in a large family. And I imagine once the baby arrives in a few days, the noise will only increase.
So when I have the opportunity to just sit and do nothing, I snag it.
The kids are at school, the dog is asleep, and Jennifer is up at the Rosary Army office, snagging some paperwork so she can finish all of the end of the year tax stuff for Rosary Army before the baby arrives
So with today’s show all ready to go a little over an hour from now, and quite a bit already lined up for tomorrow, I decided to put the computer aside for a few minutes and finished reading Tobit. I never read it from beginning to end all once before. I started it last night and finished it this morning.
Laying on the couch in a completely silent house, the hard part of today’s show already behind me, finished reading the Bible for the day, it was a good way to start the morning.
If we’d been broadcasting out of the studio in New York, we’d actually have gotten to meet them, which would have been uber cool.
I admit that I actually saw Footloose – twice – when it was released back in 1984.
I even had the novelization of the movie.
What do you want from me? I was in 7th grade.
Anyway, to my surprise I checked the mail on Saturday and found a package from Sirius. I figured it was a book or something for an upcoming guest.
Instead, to my complete and total surprise, was the copy of Footloose on DVD that you see in this photo.
There was a post-it note on the front where our producer, Adam Hamway, had written “Peel This.”
I peeled away the sticker only to find that the DVD had been autographed by Kevin Bacon himself.
If you’d told me back in 1984 that someday I’d not only get a chance to host a radio show, but would someday interview Kevin Bacon, his brother, and get an autographed copy of Footloose on something called a “DVD,” I’d tell you that you were crazy.
38-year-old guys shouldn’t get geeky over stuff like this.
I mean, really. It’s just a girl.
And we’ve known about the sex of the baby for months now.
We should be used to the idea by now!
But after 11 years of parenting only boys, we’re still completely perplexed by the smallest things.
Case in point, this morning we ran our very first load of pink laundry. EVER.
The realization burst into my brain that we are entering territory where the possibility exists of ruining all of our white clothes by turning them pink.
Even after the clothes were in the washer and swishing around, I just sort of stared at them like I was looking at something alien. What were these pink clothes doing in the washing machine?
Later in the day, while we were doing our broadcast, I took a picture of Jennifer on her side of the studio desk and realized she never wears pink.
Until I got her a pink t-shirt, I can’t recall her ever having any other pink clothes.
Will this only be the case when she’s an infant, or will she quickly graduate to purples and blues like her mom wears?
In the meantime, I guess we’ll just continue to acclimate ourselves to the color pink.
Maybe it’ll make more sense once she arrives and we can look at her and say, “Ooooooooohhhh! THAT’S why she needs to wear pink.”
I’ve been hoping for a lot of epiphanies like that lately.
This was a weekend of a lot more prep for the baby by doing a lot of piddly stuff that added up to a lot of work.
One of the things we got accomplished was simply getting the car seat out of the attic, cleaned up, and ready to go.
The tricky part, though, was putting a seat back into our van that we’ve never used and then figure out where each kid would now sit.
Trust me, it was a lot harder than it sounds.
But now the seat is in the van and we’re one step closer to being ready for the baby girl.
With only 16 days left until our first baby girl is due, we take you on a tour of the recently completed baby’s room, which used to be our screened in porch.