Special Delivery

Our baby was due yesterday, and has not yet arrived. My head of department (who is also a mother of four) informed me with a smile that late arrival is positively correlated with bad teenage behaviour. On the other hand, missing deadlines can often be optimal, so I’m hopeful that this is in fact a good sign that s/he has things in perspective. 

So while G. and I wait for bubs to make his/her way into the world, I thought I’d turn to the research to see what I could learn about its expected due date.

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10 Responses to Special Delivery

  1. Or…you could take matters into your own hands…

    Drinking 20ml of castor oil in orange juice can really get things happening.

    Or drives on a bumpy road. I guess bouncing on a bed could do the same thing.

    Midwives also recommend a wide number of options to induce pregnancy that invlove nipple stimulation and sex.

    Why bother with the stats. If G. is feeling like my sister-in-law is at the moment (due in 4 weeks) she’d be keener to get it under way I’d imagine.

  2. Laurie says:

    Don’t worry about late arrivals. I was two weeks overdue (and even then induced!), and I was about as non-rebellious as its possible to be 🙂

  3. Joshua Gans says:

    Late means bigger. Also, how good was your estimate really?

  4. Sinclair Davidson says:

    Late means boy – in my experience. Both sons were late and ended up being induced and both daughters were on time.

  5. Leon says:

    I read your article about the July 1 2004 surge in births – hilarious!

  6. gandhi says:


    Our baby girl arrived 11 days late, two years ago. We ended up with a caesarian. Everything went well and she is a perfect baby in every way. The waiting was the hardest part (for me, anyway!)

    I wish you and your family all the best.

    NB: You may not have much time for blogging soon… Tresure every extra full night of sleep you get before the baby arrives!

  7. Matt Canavan says:

    I hear that most first kids are late.

    Good luck Andrew, it was the most exciting time in my life and I hope everything goes well for you too.

  8. Yobbo says:

    Expect the doctor to plead for an induction if the baby isn’t here by Friday, so he can play golf over the weekend. Very popular in Perth.

  9. Christine says:

    Don’t know that I’d be up for holding on for an extra 5 weeks if it were me, but then, men are different.

    It rather irritates me that they can call something a due date and then say “but most go over”. How can that be a due date? Just silly. On the other hand, my baby came right on time. Still wasn’t expecting or ready for it though.

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