• Thu, Dec 26 - 10:00 am ET

Overdue, Waddling Pregnant Momsters Have My Sympathy Around The Holidays

pregnantIt’s no secret that I’m hardly a patient person. I get my kicks out of sticking to my schedule, and it makes me feel happy and safe. I’m sure all the experienced parents out there know by now that kids absolutely destroy your ideal schedule and the concept of a “perfect, balanced” life.

When my due date was approaching with my first son around the holidays two years ago (January 9), I was a nervous wreck. I made the mistake of thinking that my baby would pick up my scheduley vibes and arrive right on time, waving hello to me as he shot out of my vag. Also, I was a little smug about the whole due date thing because my mom told me I was born on my due date. Even at birth, I was prompt and punctual, but my first son apparently didn’t get the memo in utero.

He was actually eight days late, to my surprise, born on January 17. Those eight days were the longest eight days of my life because I really can’t handle the unknown. I was also super jealous of other Facebook friends that were popping out kids left and right around my due date. It seemed like no one had an overdue baby, except me!

I even made the mistake of thinking that maybe, just maybe, my son would be born early on a holiday like Christmas or New Year’s Eve. Little did I know I would have to wait three or four more weeks before our “bundle of joy” arrived.

In this holiday season, I’ve already seen a few friends on social media that appear to be feeling my pain from a few years ago. One friend was definitely more than eight days overdue and ready to pop a few weeks before Christmas. Even though it’s an exciting, wonderful time for everyone waiting for the new baby, I remember all too well how effing annoying it was to have people constantly texting and Facebooking to ask where the baby was after the due date had passed.

I can’t even imagine being overdue on a holiday. Those “bonus” eight days of my pregnancy were absolutely the worst. If I had to prepare for Christmas and entertain family, I’d probably claw my eyes out or pull the baby out myself, one of the two. (Clearly, I wasn’t the most pleasant pregnant person and being overdue didn’t help.)

If you’re ready to pop this holiday season, you have my utmost sympathy. Waddling around, sweating, and worrying about when your water is going to break just isn’t my idea of a good time. Overdue babies are the not-so-fun part of pregnancy that no one seems to tell you about. As a happy ending to the story, my second son was born exactly on his due date (just like me!), which kinda made up for the eight days of torture with my first kid.

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  • ninjalulu

    I am due Sunday. I kept getting “helpful” messages from my family, especially the ones who don’t live near us and havent seen me trying to get up off the couch or out of the car. Messages that ranged from, “Maybe she will come on Christmas, and you can name her Carol/Noel/Mistletoe/Tinsel” to “Well, don’t have her on Christmas, because then she will never get her own day!” Yeah, how about you all shut the eff up and tell me how to get this kid out of me? I dont want to waddle anymore and i want to be able to eat/drink anything, including water, without getting heartburn.

    • Bethany Ramos

      I feel for you!! I was so ragey at the end. Good luck. ;)

    • Lackadaisical

      How helpful of them. I love the assumption that you have some kind of control over when the baby pops out and that somehow their warnings will make you say “good job you warned me, I planned to pop the baby out between the main course and the pudding but that was selfish of me so I will hold the baby in for a week or so to give a buffer between Christmas and birthday”

    • ninjalulu

      Actually, now they are all pushing for me to pop her now. Because the day after Christmas is somehow better than the actual day of Christmas. I keep telling people, if I had any control over it, and it wouldn’t have meant she was super super early, I would have had her at 6 months. Thats when I started getting over being pregnant and ready for a damn beer. They laugh. I give them the “it totally isnt a joke” face—that is a sneer/you are dumb combo look, btw.
      I also am loving people telling me that I need to have her before January, so I dont lose that tax break and have to start my deductible for insurance over again. And I’m all, oh gee, I would just love to be able to plan this, but since I cant, can you say something moderately helpful? Like how i am supposed to have sex to make those contractions happen? How about rigging up a system for me so i dont have to actually get out of bed to pee?

    • Skipper

      Most people give me a hard time when I mention the tax break and insurance deductible. Like me hoping to reap those financial incentives is going to cause my baby to come out prematurely and I’ll be sorry!

    • ninjalulu

      Truth be told, you are going to have to start over on the insurance anyway, and having the tax break at the beginning or the end doesnt really matter. It all works out. I just dont want to pregnant anymore. My dr just told me an hour ago that i am a whole cm dilated, and will probably go over my due date. Fun.

    • Skipper

      I am certainly hoping that I won’t need to meet my deduct alb next year and money now is always better than money later.

  • Skipper

    Due on New Years and nary a contraction yet. My first was overdue too. I thought this was a great time to have a baby because family could be around for the birth. Now it seems I’ll just have a house full of people bugging me to hurry up and have the baby before they have to leave.

    • Bethany Ramos

      And then they’ll tell you to power walk in the cold and eat pineapple, and you’ll want to punch them in the face!

    • Bethany Ramos

      And then they’ll tell you to power walk in the cold and eat pineapple, and you’ll want to punch them in the face!

    • Bunny Lucia

      Don forget when the senile old one suggests you have sex to speed up contractions. Haha

    • pineapplegrasss

      Don’t underestimate the power of a good Orgasm!

  • Ashley

    I am 34 weeks pregnant with identical twins. Term for twins is 36 weeks, but I’ve been having active contractions for almost 2 weeks, already gotten the steroid shots to help mature their lungs (since my healthcare thinks it will be any day), and my cervix has shortened to basically nothing– well from a month ago now. I am only 5ft and weighed 95 lbs pre-pregnancy. My OB told me they would be surprised if I was able to make 30 weeks. Bah-freaking-humbug. My body is doing a phenomenal job at keeping these girls in– and it pisses me off.

  • Jallun-Keatres

    I was two days overdue on Thanksgiving so I was in this boat! Thankfully I only went 4 days overdue (+1 more whole day of labor). We had loads of people at our house and getting off the couch to play Charades was very hard… lol

  • Boots

    I’m apparently due today. Last night, coming home from the inlaws (who were in town as they usually live 3hrs away & leave today), there were still queries / suggestions that I have only a few hours left. Right. Because I get so much say in when le munchkin decides to make an appearance. Also, enjoy your northern winter… At 9pm, it was 27C (about 80F). Ick.

  • pineapplegrasss

    I’m only 6mo along so as long as I don’t eat too much I still feel pretty good. And honestly, so glad to not have a Christmas baby. I already have one with a December bday and even if it doesn’t suck for him, it totally sucks financially to have a kids bday so close to Xmas. And summer b-day parties are so much better with going to parks and swimming and such

  • Rachelxoxo

    Thank you! I’m not overdue, but getting close to the end and I’m tired! So nice to have a little sympathy going out to all us big, waddling, achy pregnant ladies out there. This is my second pregnancy and I feel like I’ve been ready to pop for the last month even though I’m not even due till February 1st if you consult my midwife or my calendar, but if you talk to the ultrasound tech, I’m not due till the 10th. My first came a week early, so I have no freaking clue when this kiddo’s coming! I just get to stress trying to get everything together for the baby right after Christmas spending…oh yeah did I mention I’m moving in 2 days.

    • Bethany Ramos

      MOVING?!?!?! The worst thing ever. You get the prize! GL, only one month to go…. :)

    • Rachelxoxo

      Lol Thankfully I have family coming over to help, god bless them! The funny thing is, I’m actually breaking my lease to move early because my original move out date was my actual due date! So that would’ve be really fun. That’s a feat I don’t kno who could handle, taking a break in between contractions to move boxes haha!