Everyone told us, ‘The first baby is always late,’ but we were sure we’d be different. But unless something happens very fast, we’re going to end up yet another statistic. Today is the due day, and we have no action. We visited the doctor this morning so he could see how things are progressing since earlier in the week, and it would seem that they aren’t. We have to go back on Tuesday if we still have no baby, and at that point Chieko will probably have to seriously consider making a decision about inducing labor. The doctor is being really cool about it in terms of not pressuring Chieko, assuring her that they can’t force her to do anything, but at the same time let us know how he feels about the state of our baby.
So like any other responsible mother-to-be who’s about to pass her due date, Chieko has turned to the all-knowing Internet for advice on how to get this baby in motion. We’ve already tackled one of the suggestions by going out to eat Yakiniku (a.k.a. Korean BBQ), which is supposed to help. The other thing Chieko will be doing is downing ample amounts of the drink you see pictured below, which is named Oronamin C. It’s a vitamin drink that is also supposed to help achieve labor, though that’s not it’s intended purpose.
We shall see if any of these remedies work, but it’s clear the baby is on his own schedule. Part of me hopes he will be born tomorrow since I don’t have work, and another part of me hopes he’s born during the week so I can cancel classes and get a day off of work! Either way, we can’t wait to see our little dude for real.
Sorry this blog has taken a decidedly baby-oriented focus recently, but that’s pretty much what’s going on in my life right now. Actually I’m not sorry at all, but I realize it might not be the most interesting reading for people other than my mother. It’s funny how people having babies is something that’s going on around you all the time, and for me at least I never really cared that much when other people were pregnant. I lump weddings into the same category. I never considered the ups and downs of the process until I did it myself. They are both totally unique, monumental life experiences that aren’t unique at all, if that makes sense.
It has been raining all day, dark and pretty miserable. We woke up earlier than I would have liked, around 8:30, to the sound of construction on our street. It promptly stopped about 5 minutes after waking me up. Nice. They’re replacing all the water lines under our neighborhood, and it’s taking a long, noisy time. I had a Japanese lesson at the house after the doctor’s appointment but I was really tired and probably a joy to teach. I passed out for a few hours after that, then took Chieko and her mom shopping for some craft supplies. My gym has been closed all week, but opened back up today, so I had a good workout this evening before consuming lots of meat and beer. And now, tucked into the kotatsu, I’m probably won’t be amongst the conscious for a whole lot longer.