Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I Can't Believe the News Today...

So it's official, then.

Provided Alyse does not come naturally within the next week, Charlotte will be induced into labor this coming Tuesday at 7:00 a.m.

Here's a graphic to give this post some focus:

Monday, January 30, 2006

Coming Soon...

With most of the predictions now vanquished, there are only four remaining days guessed, not including Groundhog Day and Alyse's official due date. If, however, we can take our doctor at his literal word, inducement--if necessary--will happen around the 7th or 8th, so Stuart's prediction is pretty much shot.

Charlotte's pains are becoming stronger and more frequent--even nightly--so we are truly settling into the "any day now" mentality.

I honestly think she'll come before week's end, so the next post on this blog may very well be a picture of our little girl.

Seacrest, OUT!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Home Remedy for Inducing Labor #10:

Yogi Bhajan's Organic Healing Formula Raspberry Leaf Tea for Female Support!

Dre brought by this organic tea that is reputed to help full-term women go into labor. Supposedly it helps with a variety of female complaints—including easing menstral pains—but also helps soothe and tone the uterus. Additionally, pregnant women who are not considered "full-term" are warned not to drink this item.

How can one beverage boast so many fantastic properties? Because, of course, their claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

So I brewed a few cups up for Charlotte already and, so far, no—nothing.

Aside from providing a quality organic tea at outrageously high prices, the dear Yogi Bhajan also includes several strategies for meditation and key insider Yoga tips, as well. Also, consider this scary poem which adorns this inside flap of the tea box:

The Gardener
There is a garden, in which so many plants have grown.
They bear the ambrosial nectar of the Name as their fruit.
Consider this, O wise one, by which you may attain the state of bliss
All around this garden are pools of evil, but within it is the abrosial nectar,
O Siblings of Destiny.
There is only one gardener who tends it.
She takes care of every leaf and branch.
She brings all sorts of plants and plants them there.
They all bear fruit—none is without fruit.
One who recieves the ambrosial fruit of the name from the Guru
O Nanak, such a servant crosses of the ocean of life.

Now that is what every woman needs—a tea with a philosophy! One that can speak poetically, abstractly, and metaphorically about Sikhism.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Mommy's Big Day

For all of Charlotte's crafty and calculated planning, her intricate efforts seeking to maximize the potential of her maternity leave and its coincidence with Spring Break, Friday the 27th—today—is the day she wants this baby to arrive. I, being the shrewd and surly competitor for which I am well renowned, would typically scoff at Charlotte's prediction and discard the very mention of it like so much trash. I have learned, however, where e'er this baby is concerned, Charlotte has eerie powers.

The fact it is now appoximately 1:25 in the AM—coupled with my ignorance of how labor and delivery work respectively—I would assume she would need to start with the heavy contracting some time early this morning. But then again, I don't know how it works.

Will it happen?

Experience says maybe.

Will I be anxiously awaiting a call from Charlotte at school, her sentences broken and her breathing intermittently tensed by contractions, laboriously commanding me to meet her at the hospital?

Yes. Yes I will.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

She Wants Out!

Alyse was crazy active last night. As such, here is the video.

It's fairly clear in full quality, but I didn't know how the compression would affect the visibility of the movements since they are noticeable only from the kitchen lights reflecting off Charlotte's belly. The time lapse at the end, I felt, would help the movements be slightly more obvious if there are compression issues.

Watch the top of Charlotte's belly after she points to it for the first time.

*I've tried to fix whatever problem there was with the YouTube embedded code. If it doesn't work, please view the video on my .Mac Homepage.

Monday, January 23, 2006


I suppose my prediction was supposed to mean something special, but it is just as statistically insignificant as any other. Alyse knew she was supposed to come out yesterday, but she decided to stay the coziness--though very cramped--of her mother's womb.

This is most likely my fault for tying her fate to that of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I honestly believe if I hadn't, the Steelers would have lost. Ergo, it was but for the greater good.

Though I believe she will come by Sunday, I reaffirm my faith in a February 2nd birthday. I won't cheat and count it as my prediction, but if it is to be Groundhog's Day, there will be some consolation.

I am hoping and praying, if not only for Charlotte's sake, Alyse will be here in time to see the Steelers win the Super Bowl.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

38 Weeks!

According to the good people at the Texas Department of State Health Services, this is an estimation of what a baby looks like in the womb at 38 weeks. Alyse, being relatively larger than the baby portrayed in this graphic, probably appeared in this wise a couple of weeks ago.This is momentous because by reaching 38 weeks, she has achieved the status of full-term. Although we have had--what we thought was a close call, the full-term classification makes her forthcoming coming very much more real.

There is a short time left to wait, but gone are the days of piddling anxiety and worriment.

The only thing left is for her to get born.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

First to Fall

Well, despite Annette's dedicated and unflenching belief that today was the day, the sun has set on her wishful thinking. Kudos to her, though, for being so bold as to make the earliest prediction.

In the future, I will make sure to tell Alyse that her aunt Annette stopped by the night before her predicted due date and basically commanded her to begin the cervical breach into the outside world.

Superb bit of guessing though because around 3 AM this morning, Charlotte was near certain she was going into labor. She had the most severe contractions to date—the symptoms of which were mostly indicative of real labor pains.

I was skeptical, of course, but weighed the gravity of the situation slightly more seriously when, at about 4 AM, she told me if I wanted to take a shower before the hospital visit, I should do so with haste. Desperately I showered and tried to get all the baby gear together. The contractions were still too irregular and far apart to take action. We kept timing them and by 7:30 they were sparse.

To be completely truthful, I fell asleep at around 5:30 AM to let Charlotte writhe in her own misery. I wanted to overlook that minor caveat, but Charlotte is forcing me to include it.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

36.36 Weeks!

Here are the current standings of Alyse's birthday predictions:

  • 18 - Annette
  • 23 - Jeremy
  • 25 - Chris
  • 26 - Charles
  • 26 - Sherry
  • 27 - Charlotte
  • 28 - Michelle
  • 29 - Dre
  • 30 - Rachel
  • 30 - Steven
  • 31 - Elizabeth
  • 31 - Aaron

  • 1 - Amy
  • 2 - Drew
  • 5 - Bryan
  • 6 - Marshall
  • 11 - Stuart

(As a conditional addendum to my prediction, if the Steelers defeat the Colts this coming Sunday, Alyse will be born on January 22. This much seems obvious.)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

One Month To Go...

Since Alyse's projected due date is February 4—one month from today—I'm recording everyone's predictions for her arrival.

I, of course, am still hoping for a groundhog baby on February 2 and Charlotte is saying January 27. Annette was so bold as to predict as early as January 18.