Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Choices

Assuming everything is "progressing" by the third week in January, then I will be able to be induced early. Which means, to some degree, that I will be able to determine the birthday of this little girl. So, I pose to you a question.....

Would you rather be born on ...

January 29 - and consequently share your birthday with Tom Selleck and Oprah?

January 30 - and share your birthday with Teddy Rosevelt and Christian Bale? Oh and be born on a really convenient day - Friday, so that your dad can maximize his "days off" and so friendly wonderful people in the ward may want to help out with your siblings so you parents can labor in peace.

February 2- and share your birthday with Farah Fawcett (who doesn't want that?!) and be born on a Monday...meh.

The thing is, I would ideally like to go for January 30th, but (and this is totally shallow), doesn't February 2nd sound much more beautiful and refined than January 30th? January, what an awful name for a month. Plus, then you wouldn't get your "special" birthday until you are thirty, and by then it probably doesn't seem that cool. But then again, it's like you'll even notice it when you're two.

Anyway, just curious what you would chose.

21 comments:

Angela said...

SWEET. Thanks for the advice on the mattress. I'm going to have James read it and then maybe he'll be motivated to act NOW.

Anywho, I'm glad you asked the b-day question. Personally, I think January 30 sounds like a better birthday than February 2 (and I am weird about birthdays). I just think the 30th is a nice round number. Beth was born on the 13th--no good.

As a side note my due-date is January 30, so, hey, perfect.

Plus all the perks of the weekend, Blaine, childcare help, etc. that you mentioned. And let's face it, every day when you're 9 months pregnant is like a year. If you chose February 2, all 4 days every minute leading up to that you will be saying "I could have been done by now. We could have been at home with our new baby all cozy in her bassinet."

Am I right?

Blaine said...

A very convincing argument from Ange there but I also agree with you that February 2nd sounds more feminine and refined somehow.

It's funny, somehow it seems like it should totally be our right to choose what day we want to head into the hospital and finish your pregnancy and start our new journey, but yet it seems perverse that we choose another human being's birthday. Like we're messing with the natural order of things somehow. You know, like playing God.

Shauna said...

February is my pick. Sophie was supposed to be born March 17th and ended up being born February 25th, and although it messed me up for quite a while (cause I'd had in my head for 8 months that I'd have a March baby), I think February does have a certain feminity to it. It just sounds like a pretty month to be born. Plus, that would give us one more commonality--third child born in February! Just my 2 cents...

Liz Applegate said...

I vote February. The further away from January the better. Besides, February in Texas may mean you might even be able to have fun, swimming birthday parties outside. January is still a little cold. I also happen to know that January is Wendy's LEAST favorite month (we've discussed it). However, Jeannie might like it because her birthday is January 31 (I know they don't induce on Saturdays -- that would thwart the whole purpose of golf games on the weekend for the doc). Liz

TheMoncurs said...

Holy crap, I did NOT realize you were that far along.

Also, I go with February 2nd as well. I think it's those small numbers that appeal to me. Wes's birthday is January 4th and I love it..it seems like such a beautiful date.

Sheyenne said...

I'd go January 30th. I'm all about convenience, and one day doesn't sound more feminine or cooler to me than another. When I was pregnant, I wanted those kids O-U-T as soon as possible, and I wanted my husband there to help me.

Stephanie T said...

I had a Baby that was due on January 28th. I had hoped to be "progressing" along and have him say January 7th. He was finally induced on February 7th and wasn't born until February 9th. So I say plan on February. That way you can be surprised and happy if it is earlier. Otherwise those 2-3 weeks of waiting when you thought you would be done is torture.

BTW- I also had another baby where I had a surprised induction. The hospital called me in a panic 4 days before the day I thought I would be induced asking me where I was and if I could get my hiney there asap. Apparantly the day my Dr. told me about scheduling it was full and they decided to move me up and only left me a message that I didn't bother listening too. So maybe you should start checking your messages too:-)

My personal favorite day to be induced is got to the hospital Weds. night, baby born Thurs. Come home Sat. morning and have all weekend to have the kids adjust to the baby before the older siblings get back to their life. It conserves some of the vacation days, but Blaine can use up all those sick days. I hated those sick days when Ken worked there, because I would rather take vacation all year round. But then when we had Rose and Ginger he would take 2 whole weeks off and use those suckers up it was nice!

Ralphie said...

I'm all about conveniece too. I just want to be less stress in the "now" of things and don't over think details that don't effect safety and well-being.

I loved going in on a Thursday morning and coming home on a Saturday afternoon. It was lovely. I think the reason February sounds more feminine is because it starts with an "F". It would be much less appealing if it was Tebruary or Gebrurary.

B would be all too tempted to "work from home" if I had a baby on a Monday. And as you know, I need my MAN to focus on ME ME ME.

Janssen said...

I would go January. For some reason, I think February is an ugly sounding month and prefer January. January is all crisp and new and a fresh year, while February is out of the new lovely glow and just long sloggy winter. And it's clearly the unloved month, what with only getting 28 days.

Plus. . .Christian Bale?! And FRIDAY!

McCulloch Family said...

Well... Since you asked!! :) I was suppose to be born on Feb 2nd (Groundhog Day) but I was born on January 29th and I love it then. It was also very nice that my golden bday was Jan 29th too, instead of on the 30th bday which is celebrate with or without it being a golden bday (and great point about not knowing what the big deal is at age 2 or 3!)! I also loved being the average age in school (1/2 were older, 1/2 were younger) but also the oldest in primary and sunday school classes. January bdays rock! But really, whatever day you pick, it's all almost the same as far as birthdates go... no matter what day you pick I love, love, love a bday just far enough away from Christmas growing up so that I could still ask for things that I didn't get at Christmas! It's awesome :)

As far as when my kids were born, I loved when Katelynne was born on a Wednesday. I was in the hospital until Sunday (emergency c-section) and so Trey was "working" Thurs and Friday while I was in the hospital and then took off the entire next week so, counting weekends, he was home a good long while before I was on my own during the day. I highly recommend that. You are well cared for in the hospital anyway and if you have to pick when he's off, utilize him when you don't have nurses waiting to help at the touch of a button!

Good luck! That is exciting!!

Melissa Ash said...

Oh, definitely the 29th of January. No question there!! I wanted the little guy OUT when I was nine months along. In fact, I kept praying that it would happen at 8 months! But, I can also see the point of hoping for later so that you won't be as disappointed if you cannot do it earlier!

Gretchen said...

Ditto on everything Janssen said. I would avoid Groundhog Day because the kids would probably be upset that I insisted on watching that movie every year on their birthday :)

I actually like the sound of January better too. Plus, January is much better to spell, what with it actually being spelled like it sounds and all. And I like bigger numbers for birth dates.

Also, I hate you for being able to be induced early.

Gretchen said...

Also, I have never heard of this "golden birthday" thing. So maybe I'm living under a rock, but obviously that made that point irrelevant to me.

Courtney said...

I would shoot for the friday date also. Then you will have blaine home the whole weekend.
Also I agree with the above, it might take longer than you think with the induction. My induction with Lil took 10 hours and that was with a lot of pitocin.
Where we delivered Norah I was home the next day that was nice but not at the same time. Our next baby I will stay as long as possible.

Brooke said...

Umm, I think we've missed the most deciding factor- MY BIRTHDAY is on January 30th. And I didn't know Christian Bale's birthday is the same day! Also FDR birthday is that day as well. Anyway, obviously you know my vote- January 30th- I loved having my birthday then, and I'm sure your baby girl will love it too! February also gets too close to Valentines day- so she might not get as much of a distinct celebration on either day because they seem so close together in the same month. O.k. that last one might be stretching it, but oh well.

Angela said...

I failed to mention that if you go for February, she will have a Fast Sunday birthday once every seven years.

BOOO!!!

j/k, maybe that would be a really spiritual birthday or something.

But if you are allowing any room for this sort of plug: I say don't induce. That poor uterus of yours isn't mean to handle contractions as intense as the ones with pitocin. Ouch.

Marcie said...

Let us not forget that February uis Groundhogs day... I don't know about youm but I don't think that would something I would want to do over, and over, and over again until I got it right...Know what I mean??

RubyVillain said...

February for sure. Christmas has been over for a while, and you have yet to go before something exciting comes along (i.e. warm weather). If you have a birthday in February to look forward to, it's right about it between exciting things, kind of breaks up the monotony of a sluggy winter.

Wendy said...

All good points brought up! Liz said I don't like January. Actually it is the cold winter that I don't like and that is in both months so it doesn't matter. I think January is a happy month for a birthday, like Uncle Max has. January 30 has a great ring to it!

julianne orth said...

I have been induces with all my kids and I prefer friday deliveries, people can visit, husband doesn't have to take too much time off work etc. I did have kyler on a thursday, but i had to stay an extra day so I still came home on a sunday.

Courtney said...

What did you decide?
I need to know....