It’s Due Date Day!

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2017
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It’s my due date —  but if you are reading this post today, it means my little girl is still tucked safely inside.

I have my 40 week Dr. appointment this morning, but based on my history of going quite late with my pregnancies, I doubt there will be any talk of an induction for at least another week (which is totally fine with me).

I’ve had real contractions on-and-off for several days now already — and we honestly thought this lady was going to be a 9/11 baby! 

I woke up at 12:05 am Monday morning (9/11) and felt the first contraction, then about 10 minutes later I felt another one, and another one. This went on for about 2 hours, when I finally decided to get out of bed around 2:30am, since I wasn’t able to sleep anyway.

I immediately started thinking of everything I was planning to do that day (I never thought this baby could be early) and got to work on my to-do list.

  • I made pancakes and sausage for the kids breakfasts
  • I packed lunches for all 3 kids so they could eat wherever they ended up for the day
  • I filled juice cups, water bottles, and snack containers and made sure the diaper bag was fully stocked
  • I pulled a casserole out of the freezer and wrote out instructions for whomever would be feeding my kids dinner
  • I wrote a blog post and edited pictures for another post
  • I zeroed out my inbox and responded to any semi-urgent emails
  • I renewed library books online to avoid making an extra trip to return them
  • I charged my phone, my laptop, and the iPad
  • I packed the last few things I needed in my hospital bag
  • I even did a load of laundry so I wouldn’t be too far behind after staying in the hospital for a couple days

When Dave’s alarm went off at 5:30am, I told him I was going to lay down for a little bit and that he should email his principal to find a sub for the day.

Miraculously, I actually feel asleep for just over an hour (even through the contractions) and woke up around 7:00. The kids were awake and Dave got them the breakfast I had made ahead of time.

I was still having regular contractions when I woke up, so I decided to hop in the shower and get ready for my trip to the hospital.

Then… I got out of the shower and all contractions stopped completely!

Dave ended up going back to school and we went on with our day as normal (besides the fact I was basically a zombie from getting no sleep the night before).

I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the contractions to pick up again — but I felt absolutely nothing for the rest of the day.

Thankfully, I was able to get to bed before 9:00pm Monday night and I slept like a rock until around 5:30 the next morning. I told Dave it was the best night of sleep I’ve gotten since before we found out I was pregnant.

Since then, I’ve been getting to bed pretty early each night, so I’m hopeful all this extra sleep will help with the sleep deprivation that’s just around the corner.

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My Geeky Math-Birthday Story:

I still have my finger’s crossed that she’ll arrive today — mainly because I think it would be really cool if her birthday were 9/18…

  • 9 + 9 = 18 — so 9/18 is double
  • Nora’s birthday is 11/22 — 11 + 11 = 22
  • James’ birthday is 7/14 — 7 + 7 = 14
  • Simon doesn’t fit — his birthday is 3/4, but 3 out of 4 doubled birthdays isn’t bad 🙂

Dave says I’m a total math geek for even thinking of that — but I do think it would be kind of cool.

She will come eventually. My babies always do!

Any guesses as to when she’ll finally arrive?

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36 comments

  1. Francie

    09/19/2017

    9/21/17.But honestly she will come when she’s ready. Such a blessing, Andrea!
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  2. Kimi

    09/18/2017

    Guessing 9/20- 10+10=20!!!!

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  3. JJ

    09/18/2017

    She might come fast when you do go into labor if that dilated you. All of my babies were 5 days late! Praying for you and Little Lady!

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow — that’s kind of cool that they were ALL exactly 5 days late!

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  4. Bridget

    09/18/2017

    Good for your doctor (and you!) for not rushing an induction! All that starting and stopping labor can help make the real thing easier, your body has already done half the work.

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  5. Lynn

    09/18/2017

    No guesses here. Hope it goes smoothly – and soon! I can’t believe all you did last Monday in the early morning!! Love the math reference. We realized everyone but one in our family all have single digit month and days – 1/3, 5,7, 8/6, 8/8, and 6/20 – and the three with even numbered months and days were all born in odd years and the two with odd days and months were born in even years!

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  6. Teresa

    09/18/2017

    I’m so excited for this baby to get here!! Lol my hubby just said “do you know this lady?” I said yes, through her blog Good luck Andrea! Can’t wait to hear all about your labor and pics of your precious baby girl.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — well I’m glad you’re excited too! We’re pretty excited over here too!

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  7. Krista

    09/18/2017

    9/21 is my guess! 🙂

    If baby girl is born on the 21st I’ll give the background reason for selecting this date… and if she’s not born on the 21st, well, my reason for the guess really won’t matter, haha.

    Have a great day Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — well now I’m curious no matter what!

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  8. Holly

    09/18/2017

    My husbands birthday is the 13th, our anniversary is the 14th, my Middle daughters birthday is the 15th, and my oldest and youngest daughters birthdays are both on the 16th. All different months, but I still think it’s neat to have 13, 14, 15 & two 16th’s. My youngests due date was actually the 17th but she came on the 16th. How cool would it be been had she come on the 17??

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    Andrea Reply:

    That IS cool — and yes, too bad your daughter couldn’t have come 1 day earlier!

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  9. Maria

    09/18/2017

    Hopefully she’ll be born soon (tonight maybe?). Best wishes for a safe and speedy delivery.

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    Andrea Reply:

    maybe — but I’m not feeling hopeful for tonight. Who knows though. With James, contractions started around 7pm and he was born at 1am — so there’s still time 🙂
    Dave is rooting for Friday night so he has the weekend to get all his sub plans together!!

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  10. DeeDee

    09/18/2017

    My guess is early morning hours on Wednesday! Hope I’m right and good luck!

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  11. ShellyL

    09/18/2017

    No baby yet, I see. I am excited for little girl Dekker to arrive. Your attitude seems so good about it though. Happy Monday morning!

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  12. Alicia

    09/18/2017

    That happened with my 3rd! I had real contractions all night for 3 days in a row before he was finally born! (Though I was eventually induced).

    Still waiting on our baby boy …though I still have 2 weeks until my official due date, however I’m optimistically hopeful it will happen sooner. (Which means it probably won’t) 🙂

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    Andrea Reply:

    you’ll probably go before me 🙂

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  13. Erin U

    09/18/2017

    I had the same type of thing happen with my third (last) baby. I kept going into real labor for about an hour or two, then the contractions would stop completely. This happened almost every day for about a week, always at the same time each day (late afternoon). When I went into actual labor, my body had cried wolf so many times I was shocked when labor didn’t stop! My labor and delivery with him was very smooth though, so sometimes it’s a blessing to have your body prep before hand and you aren’t in labor at the hospital for so long.

    All of my babies were late…it didn’t really matter whether they were first, second, or third. I was used to passing the due date and staying patient. I love your laid back attitude!

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  14. Sonnie

    09/18/2017

    It would be cool if he sent you right over to the hospital but that is probably wishful thinking. Hope it is over soon for you. So happy for you and your family.

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  15. Nicole

    09/18/2017

    Today is my 13th wedding anniversary and is a perfect day for your baby girl to make her grand entrance. Best wishes to you and your family!

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  16. Edie S.

    09/18/2017

    I’m terrible about predicting gender, birth weight and length, birth dates, etc! I was induced with all 3 of my kids. First because he was late, second due to low amniotic fluid, and third because of some problems with my blood pressure so i have no idea what it’s like to go into labor on my own! I’m excited to see photos when your little one does finally make her debut, and I’m especially looking forward to learning her name. Prayers for a smooth (and soon) labor and delivery! How is Miss Nora doing after her dental work?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Nora is doing great — just a few hours of sobbing and the next day she was fine 🙂

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  17. Olivia

    09/18/2017

    I totally understand the math geek part! All three of my boys have a double number somewhere in their birth date: 2/2/06, 11/08/08 & 11/2/11. To top it off, my husband’s birthday is 12/12! I’m the odd one out, in addition to being the only female in our family.
    Looking forward to the news of your little girl’s arrival!

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow — that’s cool!

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  18. Summer

    09/18/2017

    I have a two birthday girls for September. One is Wednesday 9.20 and she will be 21! The other is 9.26 and she will be 15! I can guess what you did for the holidays! 🙂

    Best wishes for all of you as you enter this next phase of life! Prayers for a safe arrival.

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  19. MrsD

    09/18/2017

    I’ll be thinking of you today!!

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  20. Amy

    09/18/2017

    I don’t want you to have to wait too long but 9/26 sticks out! Good luck at your appointment today.

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    Andrea Reply:

    That’s the day of my next Dr. appointment, and I really hope I don’t make it that far!!

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  21. Jennifer

    09/18/2017

    Based on our luck of the 23rd I’m gonna go with 9/23!!! Only less than a week away! Either way when she comes I’m sure all your readers can’t wait to see her and hear her name!

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    Andrea Reply:

    I’d be OK with that!

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    Karen Reply:

    Our middle grandson’s birthday is 9-24. Good day to be born. Praying for her to come when she is ready and for a swift and uneventful labor & delivery.

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    Susie Wilcox Reply:

    My birthday is 9/23, so I am rooting for that day. Best wishes and enjoy this special time.

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    Jamie Reply:

    9/23 is a great day for a birthday! It’s mine and our families already share one birthday. My little girl was born the same day as James. 🙂 My husband’s is 9/28. (We have 4 birthdays in our immediate family within 24 days!!) I’ve always been kind of geeky about the birth dates also. I had 3 c-sections so I had a little influence on the day. We have a 4/12, 9/9, 10/2, 7/14. I wanted an even number for them but 9/9 was okay because it was a double. lol With my 3rd my Dr wanted to push off until the 3rd and I was like, “No, that will be an odd day.” lol She thought I was absolutely nuts. BTW, I am SUPER impressed with all that you got done before you thought you were going to the hospital. I didn’t have all that done even with scheduled c-sections.

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  22. JoAnn C.

    09/18/2017

    Okay… so… this morning instead of going straight to my emails I came here to see if baby girl Dekker had arrived. Nope. Your math geek reference is too funny. Prayers for you and yours for a healthy baby and delivery. Can’t wait until tomorrow’s post. Happy Monday, Andrea.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — no baby yet — but you’ll certainly know when she arrives!

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