Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“A Righteous Shoot”


That’s what I told my husband we could call our son if he decides to be born tomorrow.

No,” John responded, in a most emphatic tone. “That is not what we would call him.”

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We’re still here, Baby Berns and I. Yesterday was his due date, as you may recall, and I joked on Facebook that he is either the world’s most patient baby or the most stubborn. In this family, of course, there can be no doubt.

I joked on Facebook…and then I went to my room with a box of Kleenex and cried.

(Forgive me for the drama-rama. I am just so very tired.)

(So is my family. Poor me? Poor them!) 

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Had my 40-week appointment yesterday morning and my doctor and I came up with a plan—induction on Friday if I haven’t delivered by then. This is not the best-case scenario, perhaps, but I will say this: I AM SO VERY READY TO NOT BE PREGNANT ANY MORE.

(And yes, Virginia, the fact that she typed that using all caps is a sign of her fragile emotional state.)

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School is cancelled for the day.

We will be drawing and baking and doing crafts…and we will ignore the albatross in the room. That is to say, we will ignore him until we can swaddle him.


Stay tuned.

26 comments:

  1. Continuing to pray for you and baby!

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  2. Those final days are so trying! Keep strong and soon you'll be able to hold that baby boy!

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  3. Can you just imagine having to ride on a DONKEY right now? What a woman!

    I remember one Christmas being very huge with child and in the shower for midnight mass at about 10 pm. I was exhausted, my feet were like pumpkins and I started my litany of self pity, "im too old for this, Im pregnant, way over extended, blah, blah, blah." Then I actually laughed out loud because I remembered WHERE we were going.

    So sorry that you are spent but all for such a good cause! Put your feet up and play librarian today (reading your picture books to kiddos), complete with naps in between. You are in our prayers for a safe and easy labor.

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  4. A baby for Christmas for sure!! How exciting!

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  5. You're giving great hope to all those...ahem...older mothers who think they couldn't carry a baby to term! God bless you! Just one minute at a time, and baby will be here before you know it!

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  6. Poor little baby albatross.
    You know in two weeks you'll be looking back fondly at this time you spent sitting!

    PS I'd say you have good names all the way until the 23rd: Adonai, Jesse, David, Oriens, Rex, and Emmanuel. There ya go. ;-)

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  7. Oh yes, you've got fabulous names going forward from here! Many prayers being sent your way: I went well past my due date each time, not easy!!! {{hugs}}

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  8. The good thing to know is that he is coming. I'm praying for you Margaret!

    Really praying,
    cuz... your cool,
    and you deserve it.

    I think Barbara's Rex suggestion is a winner ;-}

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  9. Hey! No fair! This totally wrecks the baby pool! :-)

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  10. Aww....a sweet baby boy just in time for Christmas. I remember well the waiting days. May you find time to rest, be at peace and everyone in the house wait on you day and night. As it should be, I say ;) Praying for you until we hear the delightful news.

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  11. Praying for your labor and delivery, and now I know how long I need to check your blog 5 times a day.

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  12. Stumbled upon your blog this afternoon and good to hear I'm not the only one with a bunch of pregnant tiredness. I'm 38 weeks and all I want to do is eat brownies and read blogs.
    (I have an 11 month old though who's not having that!)
    God Bless!

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  13. Thinking of you on Friday! Happy Baking!

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  14. (((Hugs))) and prayers for you. Rest and be pampered, you deserve it.

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  15. Well tomorrow was my guess, so you need to deliver tomorrow (It's also my little guys 1st birthday!), though really the sooner the better! These last days are so so difficult!

    You continue to remain in my prayers! {{Hugs!!}}

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  16. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Getting excited! My prayers are with you! Cheri

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  17. Oh I am right there with you -- quite literally! My due date is next week but I have been induced the last five times in a row for post dates. I'm resigning myself to never going into labor on my own again. I have been thinking of you so often and I pray you will go any minute now! Hopefully you can take comfort in the fact that I am waddling around and groaning in empathy here in PA. :)

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  18. prayers...what a wonderful gift. Relax the next 2 days....snuggle the kids...get some rest...the end is in sight :)

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  19. Well, in my experience, an emotional breakdown (or 3) is a necessary part of the labor process, so that's good anyway :)You're doing it! Hoping it's soon, Margaret!

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  20. Margaret, I just realized, your little guy is just waiting for the end of the world on Friday!

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  21. Margaret, I am thinking about you and praying for you. You go ahead and cry! Soon you will be holding your baby and you deserve to be anxious about it.
    God bless you and your baby!

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  22. I've been checking your blog multiple times a day hoping for news...many good thoughts and prayers to you!

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  23. Ok, you have me thinking about names now. You did bring it up, ya know. I always liked Noel for a boy. But after googling Christmas baby names, I'm thinking he should be Balthazar. What do you say? ;-)
    Check out this link: http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/821542/baby-boy-names-inspired-by-christmas

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  24. Anonymous5:16 PM

    Yes, well, I hope you didn't think I was being *cruel* by picking the 21st...I was just adding a few days to your due date {I was due on Jan 31, and my boy came on the 8th of Feb}...and thinking it was funny that it happened to be the "end of the world"! Hang in there, the prize is only days away!

    God bless you all
    Donna L.

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  25. Margaret, I've been keeping vigil at my dying grandmother's bedside, and amid my many prayers, I've been keeping you in mind. I hope everything goes smoothly tomorrow and that you find the inner peace and strength and are given the grace to have the best of your births yet! Love and prayers to you!

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  26. God bless you and your family today! Prayers going out for you for the induction (unless you've already had him??).

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