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Friday, July 29, 2005

Overdue, but Fine

Leigh is still geared up and ready to birth.

I've made the point before that pregnancy and childbirth are beautiful processes as long as you don't look too hard at some of the specifics. As we near Go Time, that is becoming more and more true.

For those who want to maintain their sepia-toned view of the process, just be aware that thanks to the indication of some recent events, we are likely within 24-48 hours of childbirth. Leigh is in good spirits and feeling fine and ready (actually, more than ready) for this to happen.

This is a good thing, since due date was several days ago and we are starting to go a bit batty. Perhaps the weirdest part of the process (to this point, anyway) is that so far we're a bit bored, waiting for the inevitable moment when Huge Groundbreaking Events begin to take place. There are few things more annoying than having to wait to panic.

Romantics (and those in the middle of a meal) might want to skip past the italicized Region of Harsh Reality.


For those of stout constitution, I will elaborate. Last night Leigh lost her "mucus plug" and encountered some "bloody show." No, these are not offensive terms - they may not be particularly appetizing, but these are natural processes and part of the miracle of childbirth.

In normal, non-child-bearing life, losing a mucus plug and having some bloody show is not something to celebrate - unless you normally celebrate weird bodily secretions. However, in this situation, it means we're close - losing the mucus plug normally indicates that the pregnant mother is within a week or less (usually much less) of birth, while the bloody show normally indicates that birth will be in the next 24-48 hours.

And yes, I know you're all thinking it - "Mucus Plug and Bloody Show" would be an excellent name for a rock band. Or an extremely poor-selling video game.


Everybody back? Actually, was anybody reading in the first place?

No matter. The upshot is that we appear to be close and will provide further updates as events warrant - at least within reason. I doubt Leigh would be pleased if I was blogging while she was starting to push. It's okay, honey - remember childbirth is like hiking, and everything will be fine.


Blogger ganancy said...

Hey Chris and Leigh, when I was pregnant with Carol, we were at a childbirth class and we were all really close to the "big day". The nurse that was running it says to us, have any of you seen a bloody show? One guy pipes up and says, "Yeah, I last one I saw was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Glad you saw one too. Good luck!!! Thinking of you, GANancy (Great Aunt Nancy) and the great really does mean fantastic!!

12:30 PM

Blogger ganancy said...

Geez after reading my first ever 'blog' I didn't use correct language!! What a blunder, hey by the way Leigh, you look so marvelous!!!! What a cutie! Love ya, GAN

12:42 PM

Blogger mrclm said...

...errr....isn't the mucus plug up near the frost plug.....

Just a non-sequitur passing through.

Big Chris
Because I said so

2:17 PM

Blogger Ron Coscorrosa said...

Only 8.5 more hours until August (that's the month when all the cool cats are born, FYI).

3:29 PM

Blogger JMB said...

C'mon already!


8:03 AM

Anonymous Karen Evans said...

Maybe Phia needs some encouragement...

Everybody, on 3 ... 1,2,3 ...

Come on Phia you can do it!
Put a little power to it!
Push! Hard! PUSH! HARD!

7:35 AM

Blogger Chris Hafner said...


What's unfortunate is that I posted the mucus plug comment nearly a week ago. Nearly a week!

Not that I'm counting, of course.

1:19 PM


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