STILL NO BABY! And do you like how the baby countdown is now counting UP?
I have a confession to make. The reason I was SO adamant about not having this child before September 10th (other than the strong urge to pose with a giant pumpkin) was that Lowell was scheduled to write the EPPP (an exam he’s required to complete in order to become a registered psychologist) on September 9th. We had to travel to Calgary for this exam, and we did not want even a HINT of labour before we returned safely to Lethbridge. We told very few people about this exam as it has a ridiculously high failure rate. Lowell didn't want the added pressure nor did he want to share with tons of people that he failed. However, I think the rest of us had more confidence in him than he did, and rightly so. He found out yesterday that he PASSED!!! HE PASSED THE EPPP ON HIS FIRST TRY!!!!!! I can’t even describe to you how AMAZING this is!! Completing the EPPP is the biggest hurdle towards becoming a registered psychologist, and he has it done and out of the way before Hazelnut’s arrival! WOOOOHOOOOOOO!! This is a HUGE accomplishment, and I am so so so very BEYOND proud!
NOW Hazelnut is MORE than welcome to make his earthly appearance, and we’ve been following the loooooong list of ways to naturally induce childbirth to help him along. Old wives tales or not, allow me to enlighten you on the strategies attempted since Sunday (and thus far)...
1. Drinking raspberry leaf tea
4. Bouncing on an exercise ball
5. Eating spicy (Indian!) food
6. Massaging pressure points
Pineapple's next up... any other tried, tested and true suggestions?!
Thing I will avoid trying at all costs:
1. Castor oil (yech)
And now to end off with a little treatski. I caught the tiniest little clips of Hazelnut kicking around on his due date (he usually never cooperates when I pull out the camera!). The soundtrack is his heartbeat at week 38. Enjoy our little nut!