As expected, my due date came and went with no sign of baby. Big surprise? No. Not exactly.
Here's my due date history, by category:
due 4/21, began induction the eve of my EDD for doctor's convenience. She was born 4/23.
due 10/9, health issues prompted induction 10/7; she was born 10/7.
due 2/26, doctor convinced me that I should be induced a week early, began induction 2/18. She was born early on 2/19.
due 10/28, began labor the evening of 10/31; he was born 11/1.
due 9/25, water broke 9/28, labored inconsistently until evening of 10/1, when labor shifted gears. She was [finally] born in the early hours of 10/2. (A malpresentation was probably to blame for the long delay.)
due 4/21, signs of labor and regular contractions began on my due date, prodromal labor all day 4/21 through 4/24 with bouts of more intense labor in the evenings. Labor kicked into high gear around 10 pm 4/24, he was born 12:20 an on 4/25.
As you can see, I am not usually "on time". Three to four days after my due date seems to be a reasonable estimate of when labor might begin, but -clearly- there are no guarantees. Sigh. I'll try to keep everyone posted, but you'll get no promises from this cranky, pregnant lady.
I will confess that the universe centers on my belly right now. The birth tub and kit are ready. The layette and cradle are standing by. The freezer is stocked. The bills are paid. The house is clean, although I still manage to find little extra chores for the kids to do each day...today they get to vacuum the popcorn ceiling near the ceiling fan. There are gross cob webs hanging all around. I ask the kids to clean the house - again- and they ask me to go into labor -again.
So we all sit around, staring at my belly, just waiting, waiting for labor.
Anyone wanna place a bet on the delivery date? or the gender? Leave your best guess in the comments. The winner gets...uhm...acknowledged as the winner. Woo hoo! Great prize, huh?