No, the good news comes for my sister Kelly. She had her 34 week appointment yesterday and they booked her c-section! Nothing has got to be more surreal than scheduling the birth of your child. She called all breathless yesterday afternoon with the details, and it sounds as though little Ben will be joining us on August 18th, 2009 at approximately 9:30am. I love that Kelly insisted on the first surgery of the day. In her words, she wanted her doctor "at his freshest." Nice.
Not only do we have an estimated time of arrival, but Ben is also already engaged in the pelvis and the cervix is shortening. This kid is locked and loaded, ready to go! So in just under three weeks, Kelly will officially be a mom and I will be a proud aunt! So exciting.
I remain a question mark. Baby B seems to very content hanging out in the Four Seasons of wombs. My doctor (regular doc today, specialist tomorrow) commented that there is an ample amount of room in there for him to stretch out and swim. Great. I mean, why would he want to leave? Room service, complete maid service, and luxurious accommodations. Funny how just four weeks ago (hell, three DAYS ago) I was frantic to keep him as long as possible, and now I'm clawing for an end date. Obviously, we want to keep him in there as long as possible, but I wouldn't mind just knowing when he will arrive...
Kelly, of course, is handling the good news as only Kelly can. According to her, when the doctor gave her the date, one of her comments was, "So this is really happening, huh? There's no going back?" That totally cracked me up. I will be sad to lose my partner in pregnancy, since we've been doing this together since gestational week 6. I'm also concerned since my uterus clearly heard our conversation, and it will decide to kick into labor right around August 17th or something. I don't trust my uterus to not act up at exactly the wrong time.
My poor parents don't know where to fly and when, although the picture is starting to form more clearly. There is talk of a trip to Minnesota first, and then possibly flying from there to Vegas and then back. So if you see a nice couple wandering around Midway or O'Hare airport in mid-August, looking weary and anxious, please be nice to them. It just might be my folks.
I think all we know for sure right now is that the next 30+ days or so will be a very exciting time for our family!