Your move, unborn child

Kate and I are both on parental leave right now, and we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of our little one. She was due yesterday, but it looks as if she’s going to keep us waiting a little while longer.

Due dates are a vague business. The date itself is typically calculated based on the date of the mother’s last cycle, but we all know how much the length of an actual labour can vary. Supposedly, only about 5% of babies are born on their actual due date.

We knew all of this in advance. In fact, we figured she’d be a little overdue, because the first children of white women usually are. Today was our first official day on leave, and instead of freaking out because our kid’s a little late, Kate went to the movies and I goofed off around the house.

We’ve both had a good day, and I know we’re about to say goodbye to this sort of leisure time forever. The last thing I’d want to do is rush my kid. Tomorrow wouldn’t be terrible, is all I’m saying.

A lot of you have been in this situation before, I’m sure. How did you fill the time? How did you keep the waiting from driving you mad? Did all you dads out there remind yourselves that your wife was probably going through a lot more than you were at the time? Because I’ve been thinking of giving that a shot.

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