Your Baby’s Development at Week 39 of Pregnancy: You may notice that your baby is not moving around very much — he or she is in cramped quarters at this point!

Well, part of that statement is a big old no-shitter, but apparently Smalltopus has not been doing his Required BabyCenter.com Reading, or maybe he’s gotten wind of this whole cutting-into-the-belly-with-sharp-objects business that’s supposed to happen tomorrow and he figures his best bet for a safe exit is to simply mosh-pit his way out of there. I have grave concerns about this child’s ability to sleep for more than a few minutes at a time, based solely on his fetal activity level, which I would describe as “excruciatingly energetic”.

I am having a very hard time wrapping my head around the fact that this baby is going to be on the outside of my body tomorrow. I mean, I am more than ready to make good on his eviction notice because DUDE, human beings just shouldn’t get this pregnant, we should eject the babies when they’re about the size of a grapefruit and then keep them in fur-lined pouches or some such thing, but I can hardly believe that I’m going to meet my youngest son in a matter of hours, and that he will have a tiny little face that I will be able to look at.

Will he look just like Riley did? Or completely different? What if he looks like Trogdor — coupla beefy arms, consummate Vs? What if the ultrasound tech got her anatomy screwed up and STP is actually a girl, which would be fine, except the whole coming-home outfit would be ALL WRONG.

I am awash in anticipation. Also: fear. Also: chocolate peanut butter ice cream.

We go to the hospital tomorrow at 6 AM, and I’ll need to spend a few hours on some medication (NOT magnesium, thank god) before going into surgery. My guess is that they will stash us in some room where JB and I will languish for the entire morning until someone remembers we exist and whisks me into the OR. During that time, I imagine I will be oscillating between a full-body freakout and mind-numbing boredom, so I’m hoping you might indulge me with some bloggy entertainment.

I know lots of you have already sent your good wishes and I sure appreciate that. Here’s what I’m thinking: if you’re up for it and you read this in time, will you hit the comments box sometime between now and Monday afternoon and tell me a little bit about yourself? I’ll be able to read your comments from my phone, and it seems like a fun, distracting thing to do while cooling my jets in a depressing hospital room.

I have a little questionnaire in mind:

1. Your name (you can stay anonymous if you like)
2. Your age (you can lie about this if you like)
3. Your life in a nutshell: who you live with, what you do for work (category includes raising children and going to school, obvs.)
4. How long have you been reading this blog, and what keeps you coming back?

Oh, I know, I know. That last question is so lame, sorry. What can I say, I’d love to know your answers.

At some point tomorrow I think one of us should be able to update this site with some baby stats, otherwise check in with my Flickr page. Will there be at least one crappy newborn photo taken with a cameraphone? You bet.

All right, friends. I’ll see you on the flip side.

Comments

725 Responses to “The night before”

  1. Jenna on February 4th, 2008 9:50 pm

    1. Jenna
    2. 34
    3. I live in the silicon valley with my husband and two daughters (soon-to-be 2 and 3) in a half a million dollar cardboard box. I do the pr, ir, marcom stuff for a job but would rather be writing a book and doing projects on my home instead.
    4. I must have started visiting about a year and a half ago, and I found you from purple is a fruit. I keep coming back because you are the most grand storyteller of them all. Oh, and also you inspire me.

    P.S. Your newest son is such cuteness. Congrats!

  2. caradawn on February 4th, 2008 10:50 pm

    I’m not sure if you still want this survey going or not, but here I am anyway. So, haha, welcome home with your newborn to your nine millionth comment! Oh, and congratulations! :)
    1- caradawn.
    2- I’m 26.
    3- I live in rural FL with my boyfriend, two crazy outside dogs, one odd cat. I work as a lab tech doing an intensely boring job.
    4- I’m not sure exactly when I started reading you, but I think it was shortly after you started your diaryland page. You were unemployed and childless at the time. It’s been a while and I’m still reading, that’s all I’m saying. Why am I still here? You almost always make me smile.

  3. Michele on February 4th, 2008 11:35 pm

    First off – many good wishes for a beautiful, safe birth, and my early congratulations!
    1. Michele/sparksfley
    2. 32
    3. married almost 10! years. 2 boys – both special needs, 5 & 7. I write 3 blogs, soon to be 4. I work as the executive assistant to the VP of music administration at a major film studio. I live next door to my parents and help take care of them as well (heading into the realm of sick and elderly.)
    4. I think I’ve been reading for at least a year. You remind me a lot of myself. The struggle (work? Don’t work? How to not work? That won’t work.) And as superficial as it sounds – you’re a tattooed momma too, who’s normal. Like me. Sorta.

  4. mandy on February 5th, 2008 7:24 am

    Did I read that right, over 700 responses? Holy Crap Girl, you are famous!

    1. MY name Mandy (Amanda)
    2. MY age 30 years OLD
    3. MY life in a nutshell: I live with my hus of 3 years, my 2 year old, Madison, my 11 mo old Drew and my dog, Ella. I am a SAHM, which was a life long dream of mine. I was a teen mom at 13, and my daughter is nearly 17 years old!

  5. mandy on February 5th, 2008 7:26 am

    Did I read that right, over 700 responses? Holy Crap Girl, you are famous!

    Mandy (Amanda)
    30 years OLD
    nutshell: I live with my hus of 3 years, my 2 year old, Madison, my 11 mo old Drew and my dog, Ella. I am a SAHM, which was a life long dream of mine. I was a teen mom at 13, and my daughter is nearly 17 years old!

  6. Jessica on February 5th, 2008 8:24 am

    1. Jessica B.
    2. 30
    3. Currently unemployed, making the switch from retail management to human resources or volunteer management. Live with my hubby in Waterloo ON (Canada). No kids, which is how we like it, but we have 4 nieces and nephews that we get to be the “cool” aunt and uncle to.
    4. I too have been reading since your diaryland days. I can remember reading your blog in the office of my student society newspaper, and I’ve been out of university for 7 years (sheeeeit!). So a long time. But the fun thing is that my hub and SIL also read your blog, so there’s like a little fan club in our house. We read because you rock!

    Dylan is adorable. Glad to hear he’s got length and girth!

  7. Christine on February 5th, 2008 9:39 am

    1. Christine
    2. 33
    3. I’m a wife, mom and custodial stepmom. We have five kids and my husband is a stay-at-home dad. I work full-time as a Project Manager for a major telecommunications company. My husband and I are also part-time college students. And I’m a freelance writer in my spare time. (Excuse me while I giggle about that “spare time.”)
    4. I’ve only been reading for a couple of months, but I’m glad I found you. Your funny and I love your writing.

  8. Michelle on February 5th, 2008 10:38 am

    So now Dylan is born and totally taking over your “comment” reading time … but I’m still going to reply anyhow :)

    1. Michelle
    2. 25
    3. Middle School Health & PE teacher (Lord help me), Dance team coach, and happy wife hoping to be happy mom sometime in the next few years
    4. I’ve read your blog for over a year now and I have recommended so many people to it. Riley and my nephew are 2 weeks apart and its so fun to read about him and laugh at how similar 2.5 year olds can be. You make me laugh and your blog brightens my day! Thanks! AND CONGRATS ON LITTLE DYLAN!

  9. anne on February 5th, 2008 10:56 am

    After 100’s and 100’s of answers PLUS a brand spankin’ new bebe, my answer will be lost in the mists of time, I’m guessing. I’ll answer it anyway!

    1. Anne
    2. 38
    3. I live with my husband and my cat, I work full time as a plant pathology research scientist and I go to school nights (in the process of getting my RN), and I am presently working my way out of a deep, dark rut of depression with overtones of alcoholic behavior. Your posts on that lattermost topic have been more helpful than you’ll ever know – so thank you very, very much.
    4. I’ve been reading the blog since some time before Riley’s birth – can’t exactly recall when. When I “discovered” you, I was so excited – you’re very funny and real and so very much cooler than me. I immediately sent your link to my best friend (who, incidentally, lives in Seattle) and we’ve both been reading ever since. I come back for your sharp writing, your honesty, and your marvelous sense of humor.

    Congratulations on your gorgeous baby boy!

  10. Taryn on February 5th, 2008 11:30 pm

    Hi Linda!

    My name is Taryn and I’m 21 years old. I’m a college student studying political science and I live at home. Hopefully, when Riley and Dylan are my age you will be traveling/writing novel/insert here (hehe). Only 18 years to go!

    I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and I believe I found it via Whoorl. You’re a fantastic writer and I am always entertained when I visit. Your children (multiple! children!) are adorable as well, so that never hurts!

    Congratulations on the newest addition to your family!

  11. Taryn on February 6th, 2008 2:23 pm

    It cracks me up that that there’s another Taryn on here!
    I’ll add myself to the list even tho I’m coming to the game late. You might be bored later & need some more to read about:
    1- Taryn
    2- 31
    3- I bought my 1st house last year all by myself. I have 2 cats (uh oh…crazy cat lady), Isis and Cleocatra. I was dating a Scottish Zen Buddhist priest (roll that around in your brain a minute) but it just *DID NOT* work out and I’m very happy to be single right now, though I will consider dating offers from John Cusack if asked! I’m an account manager for an insurance company that specializes in commercial transportation: that translates to “we insure big rigs”. I am agnostic, but I observe Saturday as my sabbath–it is the Holy Day of Yardsales and nothing else commeth before that. I also enjoy thrift stores and estate sales. Music and art will always important in my life.
    4-I started reading your blog around 2003 or 2004? A very long time ago! I was a recipient of one of your home made xmas cards that year you sent them out! I feel like I know you so well which is so strange for not having ever met you. I keep reading your blog b/c you are funny, interesting, articulate, & I am fairly certain we’re operating on the same brain wave most of the time. : )

  12. Michelle on February 6th, 2008 9:58 pm

    Hi, I’m 33, single, no kids yet. I’m from Virginia. I’m in grad school right now for my Ph.D. (I worked for a while after getting my Master’s degree before deciding to come back to school for a doctorate). I’m still looking for Mr. Right, and hope to have children as well. I first visited your page way back when everyone did diaryland (around 2003 or 2004). I found you via another diarylander who lived/lives in your city. Over the years, I’ve continued to drop in from time to time, and appreciate your combined honesty and humor. Best wishes with your 2nd baby!

  13. Kelly~ Mommy and the Marine on February 9th, 2008 11:23 pm

    1. Your name ~ Kelly
    2. Your age ~ 25 on March 17th
    3. Your life in a nutshell: I am married to a US Marine, we have a 3 year old son and live in Fort Worth, TX. I am a photographer http://www.KellyAnnPhoto.com
    4. Honestly, I have only been reading your blog for the past couple of months and can’t remember how the hell I found it but I am glad I did. I *LOVE* your sense of humor, the way you write, and just the life in general that you portray. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops but I believe you have it made :P Congrats on the newest addition !! :)

  14. typealice » Blog Archive » Questionnaire on February 11th, 2008 4:57 pm

    […] I have a little questionnaire that I stole from Linda, over from All and Sundry. She asked these questions to keep her occupied while she was waiting for her c-section, I ask because 41 of you answered my poll about your gender, showing Adam that he is among seven men who read this blog. Thank you for participating! […]

  15. Lindsay on February 17th, 2008 7:54 pm

    It occurred to me today that I meant to do this earlier… I generally just lurk, so open invitations are always welcome.

    1. My name is Lindsay.
    2. I am 24 years old.
    3. I live in Jersey with my fiance, who is also 24. I have a Master’s in elementary and special education; I used to work in a public school, but I had to resign due to the fact that they were treating me like crap. I’m about to go work at the daycare I worked at in college so that I can work with kids in a happier environment where there is constant communication with parents and I only have one boss. I can’t wait to have kids of my own, but I guess I have to wait a few years.
    4. I’ve been reading this blog since I found it through 12% Beer; I think you were just starting the job you’re at now, maybe? It’s been a long time, at any rate. What keeps me coming back is how much you make me laugh (and sometimes cry, occasionally all in one entry), and your amazing pictures. I frequently want to tell you what a fan I am of your writing, but I generally don’t because I am totally socially awkward and things don’t translate well over the internet. Anyway, now that I’ve blathered on, I love your writing, you have the cutest family (your boys are SO CUTE, and I love Dog and Cat too), and I hope that you keep writing for a very long time.

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    It only goes to show where there’s will there’s a way. Keep on trying. – It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. – Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865

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