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    December 28, 2006 by Brandy Vencel

    The baby saga continues, and I thought perhaps I’d share since that is about all that is on the mind of a mommy who was due two days ago.

    Today I went to the OB. Last week he had agreed with us that if labor did not occur by Friday we would go for a repeat C-section {inducing labor is too dangerous with a repeat C-section, and because of my health history the chances of a successful VBAC go down with each passing day}. We were really hoping for a VBAC, but we also prayed that God would prevent us from making a mistake if it would be dangerous. We are starting to feel that there is a “NO” staring us in the face here.

    So, as I said, I went to the OB. I had to see his nurse practitioner, which was fine because there is still no sign of progress. I went to the scheduling authority at his office to schedule a C-section on Friday, just as I was told to do. She called the hospital to schedule me. The hospital tells her they are booked until January 5.

    Did I mention I am already overdue? And did I add that my feet are so swollen that one might mistake my toes for little tiny sausages? I’m getting that overdue angst, I think.

    And then I remember that tax deduction and credit, and how we thought we had it in the bag, and how that was supposed to help us afford the baby. January 5? I shuddered to tell Si.

    So I calmly ask the woman if there is a way to do it earlier. I remind her that overdue women who have had two prior C-sections are not usually in a good situation. She promises to try her best and call me later.

    Well, I can now breathe a sigh of relief. Rather than having the first baby of the New Year, we will be have the last baby of the Old Year. Which is kind of unique, if one thinks about it. Especially considering the New Year’s Curse. {I’ll have to write about the Curse sometime. I thought I had written about it before, but I can’t find anything in the archives, so I suppose I was wrong. For now, I will just state that I have had in my life perpetually bad New Year’s Eve experiences, and they have followed me into marriage. Last year, I believe, it was the stomach flu.}

    If that last paragraph didn’t make sense, here are the basic details: preop on Friday, C-section at 12:30 on Sunday, December 31. Baby Q. should be in our arms for every single day of 2007, and all should be right with the world, or at least our little corner of it.


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  • Reply Brandy December 29, 2006 at 4:56 am


    Tell Taiwan I said hi. 🙂 I hope you get to see the Great Wall this time around. If so, take pictures!!


    Thanks so much for the encouragement, and it means much to me that you are remembering me in your prayers.

  • Reply Cindy December 29, 2006 at 1:19 am

    Just stopped by to say that I am praying for you. My babies were always overdue and it was truly discouraging but joy cometh in the morning!!


  • Reply Grace December 28, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    Oh Bran! I will be praying for you and the baby! I keep checking your blog for updates and will keep doing so. I can’t wait to meet the new baby in January! I hope she’ll like me. 🙂

    Love ya!

    Taiwan says hello. 🙂

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