Saturday, April 08, 2006

Eviction Notice

Dear Harpo,


We've been trying not to pressure you, but now we're putting our parental feet down. It's time. Your Mommy is on the fifth round of antibiotics for a recurring sinus infection that the doctor says won't go away until she can take antibiotics that require you to be on the outside. Your Mama has this week off and would very much like to add a freebie week to the time she has at home with you. Yes, yes, I know, starting with the guilt trips already. Really, it just comes down to we want to meet you, kid. When you've waited this long, sometimes it's hard to wait another day. We'll be happy to see you whenever you get here--we'd just like it to be now.

Thank you.

The Management


We did the spicy food thing last night. No small feat for spice-wimp Jen. We're already doing Evening Primrose Oil. Jen's had more "action" in the last week than in the entirety of the last year. Harpo does appear to be working his/her way down, and that's good. And we're trying to be patient. We just want life with baby to begin.

In other news, we have our first meeting with our social worker today. Wish us luck.


  • We're all waiting too!!

    Come on out Harpo!!!

    By Blogger Sara, at 11:27 AM  

  • Come on Harpo.... :-)

    By Anonymous Anne, at 12:09 PM  

  • Cinnamon Hot Lips (though you might have to get Cinnamon Easter Eggs or something). Turned Ebry into Sanna. And fake ground hamburger with oregano. And a week post date.

    We know how much it sucks.

    By Blogger Brooke, at 12:44 PM  

  • We feel your pain!!! Harpo, c'mon down!

    By Anonymous Liza, at 12:58 PM  

  • How about blasting loud music up against the belly ala Operation "Just Cause".

    In all seriousness, Harpo, we here at the home of splenda hope you come out soon!

    By Blogger art-sweet, at 1:34 PM  

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    By Blogger Sacha, at 2:12 PM  

  • I am so rooting for you.

    Not that you want to hear it, because all you want is the little bugger out right now, but it's GOOD for the baby to stay in a little long. Feel free to say my name in conjunction with as much profanity as you want.

    Drop, Harpo, drop!

    By Blogger Sacha, at 2:13 PM  

  • Read Harpo a book. But don't read the last page. The suspense will be unbearable. Then whisper the last page into his/her ear as soon as s/he's born.
    I did that with Charlie. Of course, it didn't really work. But it's still a cute story. And the nurse looked at me like I was nuts when my first words to my kid were "And he turned into a beautiful butterfly"

    By Blogger Estelle, at 4:13 PM  

  • aw, waiting sucks - come on Harpo - make an appearance for your moms!

    By Blogger Shelli, at 5:30 PM  

  • Err ... last time I checked, sinus infections are usually fungal and don't respond to antibiotics.

    Come on, Harpo!

    By Blogger Peach Flambée, at 6:25 PM  

  • Actually, Peach, the fungal ones are a different variety. Bacterial ones develop when inflammation/obstruction of the sinuses doesn't let bacteria out via the normal mechanisms. The bacteria then have themselves a little party and make the host miserable. This is the variety that Jen gets, as the pregnancy combined with her normal slate of allergies has reduced her sinuses to a fraction of their normal size. They get better with antibiotics, but don't entirely go away, so when she goes off the drugs, they return. Harpo's birth should help take some of the pressure off her sinuses, allowing a better escape route for some of the bacteria.

    By Blogger Cait, at 10:52 PM  

  • Estelle, that is the sweetest thing! I love the idea. And if Harpo is ANYTHING like me, s/he will HATE suspense... worth a try, eh? :)

    By Blogger Jen, at 11:16 PM  

  • Harpo, really, dear----it's time. I'm sure it's lovely where you're at, but I have one word for you: CHEESECAKE. It may not mean much to you now, but trust me, it'll be worth the wild ride.

    By Blogger deanna, at 7:07 AM  

  • Just don't offer Harpo pizza and beer. Sanna (then Ebry) stayed in out of spite after that.

    By Blogger Emilin, at 9:34 AM  

  • Good luck, good luck on all counts!

    By Blogger The Lioness, at 4:22 PM  

  • Well heck, Emilin, if I were offered pizza and beer to stay, I don't think I'd leave either!

    Harpo, it's time to come on out--your mommies want to meet you (and feel better also!)

    By Anonymous Erin, at 5:39 PM  

  • On the sinus infection note -- have you tried a neti pot? It may seem like a wacky thing (or you may have already been there and done that) but I am a big fan.

    And Harpo....come on out to play...

    By Blogger Lo, at 7:43 PM  

  • Umm, from personal experience, the evening primrose oil does the trick, if you both swallow it like a vitamin, and uhh, you know...took my hubby and me less than three days. Not the most fun I ever had lying down, though!

    I think the book suspense idea is much nicer =) Good vibes being sent to you from soCal!

    By Anonymous DebbieS, at 7:47 PM  

  • Can't wait to hear about your birth, Harpo!

    By Blogger Mo, at 9:03 PM  

  • Both a neti-pot variant and evening primrose oil are part of my delightful personal hygiene regimen these days. I'm only doing internal EPO, not oral, because my friend (a midwife) said oral wouldn't do much good at this point.

    I, personally, am of the opinion that Harpo is going to come when Harpo is going to come and nothing we do is really going to affect that, but we might as well try something so we're not just sitting around bored!

    By Blogger Jen, at 9:09 PM  

  • From a house full of sinusitus and the flu, I sincerely hope Harpo makes an appearance soon.
    Thinking of you all,

    By Blogger Kim, at 11:54 PM  

  • I had to wait 10 days past the due date for my lovely boy - it is hard! I did spicey food, walking around the block, and well sex - nipple stimulation and all that really is meant to get them thinking about how it might be nice to come out into the world. I have to say I would do all of the above and then have a complete panic - ahhh! what if i go into labour now! - but he did arrive and I had the worlds fastest labor.

    Good luck!

    By Blogger Clare, at 2:34 AM  

  • Thinking of you three and hoping all is well.

    By Anonymous bri, at 8:18 AM  

  • All I've got is walking. Didn't do anything the first time (neither did stripping my membranes, FWTW), but with my second I walked for two hours and then went into labor two hours later.

    These babies are so stubborn.

    By Blogger Moxie, at 10:01 AM  

  • The pizza and beer were bribes to come out! We also told then-Ebry-now-Sanna about all kinds of other things to convince her to emerge. Nothing worked except maybe the Cinnamon Hot Lips.

    Just think, you're so incredibly close (though now it probably seems so unbelievably far away) to making posts all about Harpo's bowel movements.

    By Blogger Emilin, at 2:21 PM  

  • Thanks for taking the time to explain, Cait. I've seen too many folks with fungal sinus infections suffer through antibiotics.

    Baby Apricot and I are rooting for ya, Harpo!

    By Blogger Peach Flambée, at 5:34 PM  

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