Slice of Life: Babies Have a Mind of Their Own 24 of 31

This morning I checked my phone; no text from my daughter saying, "It worked." She assured me she would send me a text if her plan was a success. I took a second look. Nope, no text. My watch tells me we walked 18,790 steps yesterday - roughly 8.2 miles. Apparently that wasn't the secret.

My daughter is due with her first baby on Monday, March 29th. In my mind, first babies never arrive on time and each day this is looking more and more like it might be the case for her. It's not that my daughter hasn't put a lot of effort into an early delivery. I think I have heard every crazy tale of ways to work toward an early delivery: red raspberry leaf tea, curb walking, bouncing on an exercise ball, incline walking. Yep, my daughter has quite a list.

Let her stay in there until she is ready, I suggest. It's what is best. Besides, I chuckle to myself, it seems she may have a mind of her own like her mother. Life. It always brings it back. Ha! Enjoy this time, these are the quietest days you'll have in quite some time, I offer. My daughter's not having it. She is sure this sweet little baby needs to arrive early. 

In the last week, I am not sure how many miles we have walked in total. I know we started walking at the beginning of March and she would choose a short route, but in the last week we have walked the longest route possible every day. 

Yesterday she had a day off work so we decided to schedule a time at the zoo. We were going to take walking up a notch. We really haven't been anywhere in a year so I was excited to go to the zoo. It seemed a place that we could navigate the people and she planned to walk the baby out. That's how she put it. So off we went. 

It was a beautiful day at the zoo. We walked past the koalas. We walked past the gorillas. We walked past the Asian elephants. We walked past the polar bears. We walked from one side of the zoo to the other. We walked through all the continents. She was sure we were making progress.

To seal the deal, we got home and walked another two miles (because the first six might not have been enough), but this morning I woke up and haven't received a text. I suppose I'll be walking again tonight. 

It's March and I'm diving back into the March Slice of Life Challenge!  Buckle in!  This will be my 8th year joining the community (though I must confess to a two year break).  Yep, some of the writing will be messy.  Honestly, most of it will be messy.  Thanks for stopping by.  I'm excited to dive back into the madness.  Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for hosting.  


  1. I smiled as I read your writing this morning.. It's so hard for her to not be completely in control. We are hoping she has it soon so we can come visit. I have an idea that this baby may have a little stubborn streak like her grandma who was two weeks late even after I fell down a complete set of stairs!!!! Yesterday sounds like a fun day for a mother and her daughter before a new baby arrives!! All of us are anxiously waiting and will be so thankful when she has arrived..

  2. What a special time you are having together before the baby comes. I love how your slice captures your daughter's spirit. Wishing her a healthy delivery (and hopefully soon!).


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