From pregnancy activities to interest of homeschooling, all my choices in motherhood are due in large part to because everyone is, well, not doing it. In addition to creepily rubbing my pregnant womb, strangers and especially well-meaning friends would offer their advice – generally unwanted, of course. “Normal” has evolved into ignoring the biological and instinctual cues as parents for the sake of conforming or convenience.
Here’s my experience with shit mainstream people say about…
Your estimated due date.
Me: “This Sunday.”
Receptionist: “Ohhhhhhhhhh my, tsk tsk, we must get you in sooner then, ya know, before your baby comes.”
Me: “Well, I’m due on Sunday but my baby won’t come on Sunday.”
Receptionist: “Well, um, ok. We will hopefully see you [at your appointment] then.”
– a phone call between myself and a receptionist at the potential pediatricians’ office
Today is the date that a medical professional has provided me as Super Bowl Sunday is my estimated due date. It is used to gauge measurements and provide information based on symptoms surrounding where along the gestation of this supposed 40-week journey. My previous journey lasted 41 weeks and three days, to be exact. Only about 5 percent of women give birth on their due date, uh, according to Oprah? Again, here I am meeting and embracing my due date- an estimation, not an expiration.
Rather than hyping up the end of pregnancy, I am celebrating making it this far with little to no complications. I get to celebrate spending some more time with Humnoy before my new role befalls upon me like the smell of (two) dirty diapers. I’m celebrating a great support team complete with a caring doula, midwives, and even a birth photographer on hand. I’m celebrating a baby preparing to choose the perfect timing for their appearance.
Who knows what I’d like to do to officially celebrate? I’m thinking taking some time to look nice and mop the floors. Maybe not within exact order but definitely on my to-do list in general. I want to eat something amazing maybe. I want to do something amazing maybe. Get in that 5% and get to do just that or still be pregnant and continue celebrating. All amazing.
What have others said about your estimated due date?
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