Baby T-Minus X and Counting…
So far my favorite Jenny pregnant picture. Years from now when I look back on this time this is how I want to remember it.
Yesterday I arrived at work, ran a kernel update on my Ubuntu workstation, and started introducing myself to a batch of new hires who were just starting their first day at the office. Training means I’ll be working with them a lot in the future, so I try to break the ice early.
Jason Bryant started with this group, so he needed a little less deicing than others. He asked when Jen is due, and I told him it could basically be any time. Once you get past the 36-week mark the OB’s consider the baby fully developed and will not stop labor if it happens. We joked about how I’m basically on baby call now.
About ten minutes later that call came. I’m not going to be super lame here and put the more tag after that last sentence. It’ll go after the next one, and in case you don’t want to read the whole story: No, the “fruit of my loins” so to speak was not born yesterday. I wish he’d hurry it up a little though 🙂
Let me tell you, I have never made the west side of Lansing to Okemos run in that short a time. After Seth and I picked up Jen from her work we went back to the house because (and I’m not sure how much this has changed in the past couple decades) the hospital tells you not to come in until the contractions are five minutes apart for two solid hours.
The three of us got back to the house and I commenced timing each contraction. They ranged from ten to twenty minutes apart and were lasting about two minutes each. This continued for most of the afternoon and then suddenly they stopped. Jen is very, VERY ready to give birth, so we took a fairly long walk through the neighborhood and a couple local parks (forgot to bring a camera dammit) followed by an intentionally bumpy car ride.
While it was disappointing that the labor didn’t continue we both realize that no matter what it won’t be long now.
We’re taking it easy today. Lego Star Wars II and endless mental trips through the “are we ready?” baby checklist are consuming most of the day (our hospital bags are already packed and in the car).
(Note to self: The base for the baby seat is in the car but NOT THE ACTUAL SEAT yet. Don’t forget it when the time comes!)
I’ll end here with a line I like to use a lot in help desk tickets at work. It seems entirely too relevant to what’s going on right now:
“As soon as I have more information I will update you. Please let us know if you have any questions and have a great day!”