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November 9, 2008

False Labor

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On saturday night, beginning at about 7 PM, maja began having contractions. Nothing new, she’s had a LOT of them over the past few weeks. These, however, started in her back, grew in intensity for a little while, and lasted for 6 and a half hours.

Naturally, we were both convinced she was in labor.

We remained pretty mellow, and worked on keeping her relaxed. We intend to carry out as much of labor at home as we possibly can. The hospital here is a shitty place, with mean tempered, callous doctors and nurses who give you no information, no attention, no SLIVER of kindness, and are renowned for rushing into c sections or inducing labor based around their convenience.

We were abuzz, feeling good, ready for a long night into a beautiful dawn, but finally, at about 1:30 am or so, Maja relaxed so much she fell asleep and her contractions stopped.

I, in respect for her request for me to not fall asleep, had been slamming down green tea and was WIRED. I managed to get to sleep some time just after 3, and was woken up at 6:30 by Maja who had woken and up  and couldn’t feel the baby moving. Obviously it was asleep, and she was being paranoid. She knew this too, but couldn’t help being worried and full of anxiety.

At the end of the day, my essential job in life is simple. It is to give my 9 month pregnant wife as much comfort and peace of mind as is possible. And if she wants to go to the hospital at 6:30 on a sunday morning to get a check up just because, then that peace of mind is worth slinging my butt out of bed and into the car.

Everything is fine, the baby is fine, and her cervix is still sealed shut.

I continue to operate under the assumption that she will go into actual labor on tues. She declared this 2 months ago, and it was.. uh…. “confirmed?” whne some old guy in the market stopped her and asked about her baby. She told him it was due the 15th and he shook his head and told her, no, it will be born on the 12th. This kind of thing happens a lot here in eastern  europe, and while you may or may not buy it, it worked when some random guy stopped her father MONTHS ago and told him his daughter was pregnant. He said yes, he knew, and then the guy told him it was a boy. We did, 2 months later confirm this.

So i’m holding out for tuesday.

Last night was a good practice night, and taught us that we’re not only ready, but pretty ready to handle it. The atmosphere was very nice, very calm, it was a great time and i was really hoping to see my little boy around dawn.

But no. So back to the waiting game.


  1. Doesn’t sound like Junior’s in a hurry. Ours wasn’t either, and is a pretty mellow young man now. Glad it’s all going smoothly. The human body is capable of some pretty impressive stuff, no?

    Comment by matthew — November 9, 2008 @ 5:24 pm | Reply

  2. thank you for the update Paul, It sounds like you have a great plan in action and will give your son the best entry into this world
    Kudoo’s to you both,

    P and D

    Comment by Patsy — November 9, 2008 @ 11:51 pm | Reply

  3. No no, not “false” labor, “pre” labor. It was real, it was just the opening act. Or the pregame show. Whatever.

    Digging your mellow vibes, though; I know you’ll do well. Solid.

    Comment by emjaybee — November 10, 2008 @ 5:51 am | Reply

  4. “…[T]he guy told him it was a boy. We did, 2 months later confirm this.”

    Wow. Fifty-fifty chance, and the guy got it right. What are the odds?

    Superstition aside, glad to hear things are going well. Do you guys need anything? I’d love to send you a gift.

    Comment by Dean — November 11, 2008 @ 10:05 pm | Reply

  5. Hey Heathen,

    The guy who told him it was a boy also told him out of the blue that his daughter was pregnant. So there Mr. “My Favorite Color Is Hellfire Red”

    But great to hear from you, man! We are well, and if you really want to send us a gift, go to the the Baby Registry. pick something out and click on the PayPal button. Basically, whatever you choose to buy will be irrelevant and we will use the $$ to buy a baby carrier, which we’re in need of. (you know, so Daddy can carry the baby on his chest or back.)

    Hope you’re well.

    Comment by bunitingi — November 11, 2008 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

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