The problem with dates

40 weeks, 4 days…still pregnant.

40 Weeks

40 Weeks

Cupcake is apparently too comfortable in there and no matter what we do, active labor proves elusive.

In hindsight, we never would have told people the actual due date, but a week later instead. And I also think it should be a “due window” and not a “due date.” But we are stuck now regardless, even though we waved hello and goodbye to good ol’ April 22 days ago.

The thing is, based on date of conception, Cupcake’s due date isn’t until April 29. But they say ultrasound-based due dates are more accurate, and since the little bugger was growing so quickly at first, the due date became April 22.

As each day passes, we’ve been doing some thinking:

  • If he’s as late as that little blue ticker on the right said first babies are on average (8 days), we’ve only got 4 days to go.
  • If he’s as late as his non-gestational mommy was (12 days, my poor mother), we’ve got 8 days to go.
  • If he’s as late as the midwives/doctor will let us go (14 days), at the worst, we’ve got 10 days to go.
  • Based on conception date, he’s not even due for another 3-4 days.

What all of this comes down to basically means nothing. We keep waiting and each day feels like an eternity. But we remain grateful that at this point, all we are waiting for is him to make his entrance out into the world. And until then, we wait, and walk and dream.

Walkign among the tulips

Waddling among the tulips

10 responses to “The problem with dates

  1. well, you are looking very spring-like in the tulips!

    i hear what you are saying about not letting on about the ”due date” that truly is a guess in the first place :) i will pretend that cupcake is due may 10th and then just be surprised when he makes his entrance early! though that doesn’t help your belly which i am sure is about had enough of all this gestating ;)

  2. Babe just don’t care about numbers. This is the beginning of many wonderful days ahead that won’t go according to schedule, but will be filled with love.

  3. This is my personal pet peeve, of course, but I hate when doctors change the EDD based on ultrasound. Everyone knows that ultrasound measurements are only estimates and are not guaranteed and umm… if you are in a situation to KNOW the date of conception, why mess with it?

    In the end, Cupcake will choose the date but I wouldn’t even call you 40 weeks until you hit the 29th! :) Hang in there, you’ll have the baby on the outside before you know it. Keep your feet up! xoxo

  4. oy… Lets hope that you don’t have to wait 10 more days!

  5. reproducinggenius

    So many dates! I too would rely more on your original EDD, even though it too just indicates a window. I have no doubt that he’ll be out before long, so hang in there ladies!

    I love the tulip photo, btw.

  6. WHERE IS HE???????

    Love the pics!!

  7. Ohh… all those numbers. I love your line of waiting walking and dreaming. I am thinking of you guys as you get closer and closer. I think I am tempted to agree that your conception date is the most determinative in figuring out your due date. I can’t wait to see you son once he gets here.

  8. there is one thing for sure… in a few days you won’t be pregnant anymore. so excited!!

  9. i know you must be tired of hearig this line, but babies come when thy are ready. they don’t much care how the parents feel. try to enjoy your last few days. you really will miss the kicks. but the baby makes up for it.

  10. sorry for all the typos – one handed typing.

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