Sunday, April 13, 2008

Eviction Notice


Tomorrow, I'm going to meet my son. I haven't worked out yet what I'm going to say, but I plan to sing him "Happy Birthday" at some point. Feels appropriate, although I doubt I'll have a cupcake on me. (But I might.)

April 14th marks sixteen days of ghastly tardiness, something I hope my father-in-law will forgive someday. The kid's a pokey puppy, what can I say? I'm taking this as an indicator that my uterus is a uniquely comfortable and aesthetically pleasing place. Too bad he's getting the big eviction notice in the morning. I am, of course, beyond nervous, but after hauling around this 40-pound feedbag (yes, I said it, Shannon) for months, it's time to get the party started.

We had a bunch of tests done last Friday, where they confirmed that he's a big boy -- almost ten blessed pounds. Eesh. Starting with an ultrasound given by a technician who could easily have second career as Reba McEntire's stand-in (EXACT TWIN, I'm telling you), we wrapped things up after a meeting with an obstetrician who not just looked like, but WAS Howard Stern. Like, down to the hair and glasses and Adam's apple. (He's a German doctor who practiced for years in Italy but now works in Denmark and is practicing his French for his Mediterranean vacation next week, speaking to us in rusty English. I'm pretty sure he was an obstetrician; he kept pointing to the most gigantic poster illustrating the birth canal when searching for just the right English word.)

It's standard practice in Denmark to induce after being two weeks overdue, so we're back for the big blast-off in the morning. Let's just hope we won't be too affected by the midwife/healthcare worker strike that's set to start Wednesday across Denmark. (No, I'm not joking.)


kimananda said...

Wow! I was sure you had had the baby already, but were just too busy to announce it yet. I'll be back many times to hear the details.

And I wouldn't worry about the midwife should be business as usual until Wednesday, by which point the main event will be over.

Jen said...

YAY!!!! I have been thinking about you guys and didn't want to email and bug you. I can't wait to see pics. WHAT A BIG BOY!!!! Good luck, we're routing for you back home. xoxoxoox hugs P.S. So Europe - totally figures about the strike. ;)

PiNG said...

Wee some news! I've been wondering and assuming you must have had that baby by now. Best wishes for everthing tomorrow - we'll be thinking of you :)

Andrea said...

I am hoping that "just the right english word," while pointing to the world's largest vagina chart, was something along the lines of..."push?"

Lots and lots of love and luck for tomorrow!

xoxo, Andrea

Bluefish said...

Best wishes and hope to see the pictures of beautiful baby soon. Take care.

NotQuiteDanish said...

See I thought you were already there and just busy, busy, busy.

All the very best!

10lb? Crikey. Sounds like a Schwarzeneger II

kimananda said...

I was just thinking about you, and wanted to know how you were. I hope all is well with you and your family.