Tyrrell's Tidbits: The waiting game

Heather Tyrrell

The excitement started with a positive sign on the pregnancy test. Then came telling family and friends we were expecting. Slowly, my belly started to grow, but I still had to deal with people saying I didn’t look like I was pregnant.

At this point, there is no hiding or denying there is a human being inside of me. According to The Bump, www.thebump.com, my son is the size of a jackfruit.

As I write this, I am still two days away from the baby’s due date. My husband and I are very anxious to meet our son and so are the rest of our families. Recently we’ve been getting calls and texts just about daily from our parents wanting to know how I’m feeling or if there is any news.

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Last week I could have sworn the baby was coming. I felt a lot of pressure and contractions. Unfortunately, the contractions weren’t the sign of real labor. After I was sitting down for a while, the pain stopped.

I wanted one last “date night” with my husband before the baby came and I got my wish. My husband and I enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at the Kimberton Inn. After Thanksgiving was over, we were ready for the baby to be here. I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever.

Can anyone really be ready to be a parent? Of course the nursery is painted and equipped with the crib and other things the baby will need. We’ve taken the infant preparation courses and read books. I think that these things can prepare us only so much. The real learning comes when the baby is born.

Although there is a due date, that doesn’t guarantee the baby will be delivered that exact day. Now we will just play the waiting game.

Editor’s Note: Heather’s waiting game is over. She gave birth to her son on Friday, Nov. 30, at 12:56 a.m. She now begins her journey as a new mother!