Chelsea Kaplan’s Musings About Life... After Birth
Posted by Chelsea on February 28, 2008
So, I’ve been walking around 3 cm dilated and about 80% effaced for weeks now. At my appointment last Tuesday, my OB again tried to talk me into a March 6th induction. I’d still prefer to roll the dice and let it happen when it happens, so that’s what I’m doing. She seems to think this kid will come within a week or so, and judging by all of the little contractions I’ve been having, I have to agree with her. In fact, I doubt I’ll make it through the weekend.
My husband thinks it would be WAY cool if the baby came on Friday, February 29th, and many members of the Momtourage agree. Both Alison and Lee think said birthday would be a cool “conversation piece”. Personally, I think it would kinda suck, having your real “birthday” exist as the Olympics and Presidential elections do, only once every four years. Momtourage members Stephanie and my mom are more of this opinion.
Ultimately, though, I feel like birth dates aren’t that big of a deal. Sure, it would be nice to have one that allows everyone to celebrate with you, blah blah blah, but in the grand scheme of things, the date on which you’re born, at least in my opinion, is really an insignificant matter. I know it sounds cliché , but really, I just wish for a healthy baby and easy delivery - who cares about the date on which it happens?
A woman I used to be friends with lamented for quite some time after she got pregnant with #2 on her first try, disappointed that her immediate success meant that the kid would be due at the end of December. She found this ultra bummerific, citing that its birthday would always be overshadowed by the holidays and she would therefore have a tough time getting people to come to its birthday parties. And as if this wasn’t silly/annoying enough, she chose to express all of this disappointment in front of me, her (at the time, at least) fertility-challenged friend, and another pal who had recently miscarried. “Nice priorities, not to mention nice friend” my best friend Jessica said when I told her about this. “Who the hell really cares that much about a birthday?” Apparently, she did.
The way I see it, if my kid is born healthy on 2/29, then Halle-freakin-lujah. I sure as hell hope the most unfortunate thing that ever happens to him is being born on a slightly odd date. Another boy who looks exactly like my husband, however…..that would really unnerve me.
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