Illustrations, Mummy stuff, Pregnancy

Don’t call me – I call you

death_by_phone_illustrationI don’t know what is more unnerving – the fact that little L has missed her due date and that every passing day brings me closer to the whole drip-epidural-induction-nightmare; or people that keep on calling, texting and commenting on the fact that my belly is still occupied territory.

‘Where is little L?’, ‘L?’, ‘Is she still in your tummy?’ and ‘Isn’t she a bit late?’ to mention just a few considerate questions I receive. Daily. My favourites were this week’s comments on how high up my belly still was (‘too high to go into labour anytime soon’), and that Braxton-Hicks contractions would indicate another 4 weeks of pregnancy to come. I would be 45 weeks pregnant by then, how sensational!

How am I meant to stay relaxed and calm, if my dearest apparently try so hard to freak me out? Most of them have children themselves, so I believe they should know how it feels to play the waiting game.

In my rare moments of enlightenment, I know that I can trust my body, that my baby is just not ready to come out yet and that everything will happen as it is meant to be. Especially when you bear in mind that the so-called ‘due date’ is calculated using Naegele’s rule. This guy died more than 150 years ago and should not have the right to interfere with my mood and wellbeing from his graveyard.

In my darker moments I just feel like a failure.

So please, don’t tramp on my naked nerves. Never been known as one to hold back, I will spread the news soon enough.


  1. I love the illustration!
    No worries, as you said baby isn’t cooked just yet. She will tell you soon enough and there is a rule you can count on, it will never ever fail you: “once in, it has to come out!” And we never saw a teenager coming out of there, thank heaven for this!! Imagine having to deal with the attitude and the going out late problems straight from the start… I tell you nature just knows what’s right! Good luck!

  2. Oh poor you – I remember those days! I went 9 days and 12 days over with my two. With the first one I was sooooo enormous (put on 5 stone) that I was convinced she was coming early. I even had my hospital bag packed six weeks in advance. Oh how naive. Good luck…will be thinking of you x

  3. Turn the phone off. Seriously. You don’t need the stress and annoyance of being expected to ‘perform’. Babe will come when its ready and the sooner you are able to relax, the sooner that will be. People are well meaning but still really, really annoying. Good luck with the birth!

  4. Baby not born yet then? 😉

    Know how you feel. 2 of mine were late, it’s a pain. Enjoy the sleep for now and breathe when the phone rings – then ignore it.

    A little award over at my place for you today. xx

  5. I SOOoooo empathise with you on this one. When my first pregnancy went 3 weeks beyond my due date, not only was I crawling up the walls in frustration myself but I couldn’t believe how my so-called friends took delight in calling not once or twice but often 3x daily. Just in case it had happened. One former-friend (nagging unsympathetic mates be warned!) even phoned me several times on my mobile when she heard I’d gone into hospital. I mean, what did she want??? A blow by blow acount?

    Only slightly more irritating than this was the doctor I saw for Daughter’s 8 week check-up. When I (fairly sensibly I thought) asked if they corrected the weight for post-term births, he insisted I must have had my dates wrong. I politely told him that was impossible as I’d had a scan to confirm the pregnancy at just 5 weeks – and frequent scans throughout the pregnancy (due to various health scares). He then told me, in an enlightened 20th Century manner that he didn’t believe in ultrasound scans. Huhhhh?

    So hang in there Met-Mum. You and your little one know best.


    PS: While I was waiting for mine to appear, I took to reading website on ‘Ten Month Mamas’. Made me feel a whole lot better.

  6. We DEFINITELY want to follow your progress!!!! All this tension with baby late… she is already a star and she doesn’t know, what a grand entrance it will be 🙂

  7. A BIG BIG thank you for the kind words and the empathy. I will keep my head up and my hands on the keyboard. Little L will come out, sooner or later… (having a teenager come out, now THAT would be sensational!)

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