Due Dates Come and Due Dates Go

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Today, I’m two days late.

Late for what? Well … MY FOURTH BIRTH! Hence, another belly photo instead of a sweet little baby face!

Except, harping on “late” is actually quite silly because I know due dates are merely guess dates. Due dates don’t mean nothing, per se, but they definitely don’t mean everything.

This time though, I was really hopeful that I’d be in the 4% of women that give birth on their due date because baby was set to arrive on my sister’s birthday, September 8th. She was quite smitten with the idea of having a little birthday buddy. And I liked the idea too. 

But, alas, no baby. Just a giant belly and a hobbling, uncomfortable mama. Send me a PSL because I fully intend to sip my way into labor on that delight! 

With each of my babies I’ve gone progressively longer. Jemma was born at 39 weeks. Max at 39 weeks, 6 days. Reid at 40 weeks 4 days. If the pattern proves to be true, that means baby will be born at 41 weeks, 1 day – September 16th. Can I hold out that long?!?

Likely? Yes. With a smile? Let’s just say, those who I encounter over the next few days should beware. Or be handing me a PSL. Just being honest :)

Really there isn’t much use in calculating though. Babies come when they’re ready. Due dates come and due dates go; one of the first mysteries of motherhood. And really, one of the easiest.

This coming week, rather than lamenting my overdue state I’m encouraging myself — and writing it here to keep me accountable — to spend some extra one on one time with the big kids (because their lives are going to be rattled soon), rest as much as possible (labor is hard work and I know from past experience that it’s awful going in to it tired), and stop eating all the snacks I’ve stocked up on for my birth helpers (easier said than done). 

What does your week hold? 

If you’re tracking baby’s pending arrival, I’ll probably post very first on Instagram so be sure we’re friends over there!


Navy blue floral delivery and nursing maternity robe c/o Pink Blush, my go to for gorgeous cover-ups when everything about my life seems to be falling down :) 

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  1. says

    Sylvia was born at 41 weeks and 1 day. I was not happy, but my birth instructor said that that is the most “complete” gestation for an uncomplicated pregnancy. Which is great, unless you’re the pregnant one! Wishing you well!

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