The date is set; I will have my baby no later than November 16th! Today I actually scheduled my c-section after worrying about the choice for months. That being said, this doesn’t actually mean I will definitely have the baby ON the 16th; I could go into labor earlier than that and end up having a c-section on November 9th or the 13th, but in case I don’t go into labor beforehand, I at least have a date set for the procedure on the 16th.
If you’re wondering why I have to have a cesarean, it’s because I had one with Ollie (after 20+ hours of labor), and the hospital here in Delaware won’t let me try for a VBAC. Something that is kind of disappointing and also a relief at the same time. On the bright side, I don’t have to push anything 7+ pounds out my crotch, however, it is surgery, and well, being cut open is never exactly fun. I’m really fine with the C though. I had such an easy recovery last time from my surgery that I think this time will be even better (since I won’t have the stress of labor first).
But you can’t imagine how much this whole pick-the-birthday-thing has been stressing me out. There’s something about choosing the date your child is born that just doesn’t sit right with me. There’s so much pressure! This is a date the kid will celebrate for the rest of his life! And that I will celebrate! Then I started thinking about auspicious days and lucky days and astrology and that REALLY turned up the heat on my scheduling of this surgery.
Luckily, I turned to such reliable sources as random websites for help. I began madly Googling, “auspicious days in 2010″ and “best days to have a baby” and “lucky days in November” and came across ChineseFortuneCalendar.com which told me November 16th is a lucky day. Since my due date is technically the 22nd, they won’t let me schedule before the 15th, and I figured if the 16th is said to be an auspicious day, then it’ll be a good time to bring on a baby, right? And you never know, I could go into labor well before the 16th, but at least I know I won’t be going past then!