Today, the 8th December, is our baby's "due" date. The last nine months have been something of a learning curve for me and I now know things I never thought I needed to know about the biological workings of a woman. A couple of other things I discovered:
- Babies don't go straight in to their room/nursery upon arrival. Not knowing this I'd been hurrying to get the nursery finished, thinking today was the deadline.
- The "due date" is a stab in the dark guess and only 5% of babies arrive when expected. This came as a shock as I'd have expected it to be more 95% that do.
So, the nursery is ready, but the baby obviously isn't and wants to stay where it is (unless it does in fact happen some time today) and who can blame it. Karen is convinced she'll have to go in to hospital to be induced just before Christmas!
The midwife called in the other day and left us in charge of the Doppler kit they'll be using to monitor the baby's heartbeat during delivery. As I mentioned a while ago, to the shock of a few, we're having a home birth. Needless to say we've been messing about with the heart monitor and last night I made a video.
This baby is already a part of the modern world, whether it likes it or not. No doubt
he they'll take things like this for granted and look back on this amazed at the poor quality of the video. At which point I'll say "You don't know you're born!". There are no videos of me as a child and I'd love to be able to watch something like this.
Keep your fingers crossed that it's going to happen today!!