A Scheduled Birthday

With my past three kids, I’ve always avoided inductions. They’ve obligingly arrived early, the latest being Charlotte, who was born on her due date. But wee little Lincoln is going to have a scheduled birthday: Saturday, September 22, 2012. Unless I go into labor today or tomorrow, that is.

Yes, I am gritting my teeth and telling the Ogre to take the damn picture, already.

That’s me, 38 1/2 weeks pregnant. And that’s Lincoln, way too cozy in my uterus, refusing to come out and peeing too much. Those are the doctor’s words, not mine. My fluid levels went back up this week and she said, “I think he’s just peeing a lot. But let’s get him out, just to make sure.” Hmm. So I agreed.

It’s weirding me out to have a planned birthday. I’ve always played this little game with myself when I get close to my due date, picking out which date I think the baby will be born on. (I’m always wrong, of course.) But if feels unnatural and kind of wrong to actually know ahead of time. It’s like the biggest spoiler ever. Nevertheless, the doctor thinks the baby needs to come out, so come out he shall. I’m just really, really hoping the induction takes and we don’t have to resort to a C-section.

To cheer myself up, I googled September 22 after a friend told me that our little hobbit will be sharing a birthday with Bilbo and Frodo, which is cool but not nearly as cool as it would be if he were sharing a birthday with Legolas. He’ll also be sharing a birthday with Billie Piper, better known as

A Rose by any other name

My neighbor told me that the 22nd is also the feast day of St. Thomas of Villanueva, so that’s cool. It’s also the day Ben Johnson killed a man in a duel, Queen Victoria ascended to the throne, and it’s “Trumpet Day” for the Mormons, the day that Joseph Smith reported receiving the Golden Plates from the angel Moroni. Auspicious beginnings, indeed.

For me, though, it’s going to be the day that I try and deal with Pitocin contractions (otherwise known as torture, hell, and @#%#$ torture among experienced child-birthers) and seriously hope that Lincoln cooperates and arrives before Doctor Who comes on, and that the hospital gets BBC America. Yes, those are my primary concerns, after, of course, having a healthy baby and avoiding a C-section. I’d really appreciate any prayers you guys could toss up on our behalf. I probably won’t be blogging tomorrow since I need to clean the house, go to confession and get a pedicure, but I promise to blog with pictures as soon as the little man makes his appearance.

(Unless he’s a particularly ugly baby, in which case I’ll update with some story about how our cameras all stopped working at the same time.)

I feel like I should say something dramatic now, like “See you on the other side!” Or I could go with super-cool and laid back: “Catch you on the flip side, bro.” (What can I say? The last time I was cool it was the late 90′s.) Or maybe I could go international: “Ciao, ragazzi!” I can’t decide. Take your pick.


  • Rebecca

    God bless you and baby Lincoln! I had to be induced with my first baby because she was two weeks overdue. Pitocin was terrible, but clearly you’ve demonstrated how tough you are many, many times, so you’ve got this covered. I will be praying for you!

  • KT

    Yea! I was induced and the contractions were indeed intense. But you had a freaking homebirth with no safety net of “if it gets too bad I’ll get the epidural.” You will be fine. AND now you have carte blanche to shut down anyone who tries to give you their opinions on the “best” way to have a baby. You’ve done it all!
    Good luck girl, major prayers coming your way for all SIX OF YOU!!!

  • Barb S.

    God bless and prayers.
    And I had unexplained polyhydramnios with both my babies and they were just fine. They are now healthy boys age 12 and 10.

  • http://smoochagator.wordpress.com Smoochagator

    Saying a prayer! Can’t wait to see pics of your totally-not-ugly baby.

  • http://www.tracykm.blogspot.com TracyKM

    There’s still no guarantee he’ll be born on the 22nd, the day of the induction :)
    Also, you don’t have to have pitocin! Avoid cytotec (spelling?) too. And of course, don’t get your water broken till at least 5cm. Most women do really well with Cervadil.
    And of course, there are tons of things you can do to help things get moving on their own, if he’s ready. Even if he’s not, it might help get things started more gently. I really hope you don’t have to deal with pitocin! That leads to one intervention after another usually. Good luck, and I can’t wait to see pictures too!

  • http://www.fountainsofhome.blogspot.com Christy

    Prayers for sure! Hopefully you burst into spontaneous labor tonight!

  • Bill H

    I was just about to say what TracyKM was about to say. Today is the 5th birthday of my oldest, whose mother had an induction five years and a day ago today. I was just going through some of his baby stuff a couple weeks back and found the newspaper that I bought as a memento from the day before he was born.

    • Bill H

      Not that everything won’t go smoothly for you… Best wishes and prayers!

  • http://diabeticbirth.blogspot.com Beth Turner

    You can do it! My second was induced and once the contractions got going (as in, once the pitocin actually got the labor started), I asked them to turn it off. I think they had broken my water at that point, too. I begged, begged, begged the nurse and she felt bad for me, so she said, “I’ll just turn it to the lowest setting and that way the doctors won’t freak out so much.” Hope you get a good nurse, and we can’t wait to hear about it!

  • Karen

    I think Hobbit day is an awesomely great birthday to have. We have three scheduled birthdays in our family (only one decided to arrive on his own, more or less). And all but one have birthdays that fall on national holidays somewhere. They think it’s cool. Good luck!

  • http://www.learningmotherhood.com Bonnie

    Happy Birth day to you and Lincoln! You’ll get through it and have an adorable baby to snuggle!