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Careful Planning

Christopher was late from day one. That's what we all thought, at least. Two weeks after my due date my obstetrician suggested an ultrasound. Back in those days, they didn't just whip out the ultrasound machine for any pregnant person who lay still long enough. Jennifer didn't warrant one at all and this was my first. I had to walk across the parking lot to the hospital to get to the machine. I thought it would be great, but I couldn't see anything useful on the screen. I asked the tech if he could see anything boy-or-girl related and he said no, it was too crowded in there. What it did show was a lot of placental calcification, so the doctor decided to induce immediately. I have since learned that calcification occurs at different rates and there's no way to accurately calculate placental age by it. Maybe the induction was unnecessary. It was successful, nonetheless, and my doctor was convinced that my calendar skills were sub-par. Someone commented on Christopher's fine appearance and he said, "Sure he looks good, he's almost a month old." Yeah.

Anyway, he still looks good. Earlier this week he flew to California to help his girlfriend drive her car back to Maryland for the summer, making it possible for him to turn 21 while in Las Vegas, an incontestable scheduling triumph. If he had followed my schedule, he would have had a birthday right before finals. So it all worked out.


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May. 22nd, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on successful execution of one of the toughest jobs out there, and one I do not have the wherewithal to attempt!

My mother too was good with the careful planning. My brother and I were born on the same day, three years apart. Imagine the savings on birthday parties, had any been thrown!
May. 22nd, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
You and your brother share a birthday?! You guys must look at the horoscope column in the newspaper and laugh, laugh, laugh...
May. 22nd, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
I never thought of it that way. LOL!
May. 22nd, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
21st birthday in Las Vegas? So is there anything left of him, or the city? :-)

May. 22nd, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
From what I gather, money was won at a sportsbook and spent on dinner at circus-something. Sounds pretty tame. Think someone's screening these reports?
May. 22nd, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds pretty tame. Think someone's screening these reports?

Dunno. My kids are still, well, kids, and when I was 21 (at least, to the best of my recollection) my life was boring/tame/unattached enough that I didn't *need* to filter what I told my parents. :-)
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