Due date. It’s a big deal. It’s such a biggie that Robert Downey Junior (LOVE HIM) and Zach Galifianakis (LOVE HIM A LITTLE MORE) starred together in the hilarious film, aptly titled – you guessed it: Due Date.
The doctor (never uncomfortably) asks you when you had your last period. Some people (not me) can answer off the top of their head. Then others (this one is me) do a mental dance and finally put two and two together. Literally two and two. If you want to know, I believe my answer was “the 22nd.”
And there we have it. We start the countdown to labour… the big day… the DUE DATE. The day we will become mummy or daddy for the first, or second, or eleventh time.
Christie with her son Harley. Image via Instagram: @christiehayes_
I remember calling my best friend in tears and telling her the good news, and the thousands of calls and text messages we received from friends congratulating us on our expectant baby. I can't keep a secret. I promise I’ll try, but I just get too damn excited about things. I'm not really one of those "let's tell close friends and family only, until 12 weeks" people.
Well, I kind of am, I mean - I wanted to be - just 'til we were all safe.
But then, I was at my local favourite cafe in Bondi and this happened:
Waiter: "Hey lovely, what you want?"
Me: *grinning like an idiot* "CAN I PLEASE GET A LARGE LONG BLACK ALSO GUESS WHAT I'M PREGNANT!"
Waiter: "Oh great! Congrats! How far along?"
Me: "Thanks! Only six weeks or so, so I'm not telling anyone just yet. Only close friends and family."
I realised the irony of what I had just said, given he was a perfect stranger. *Again, crickets*
"Oh, and you it seems!" He laughed. Phew. I like that I am funny and can make people laugh. Although that actually wasn't funny, and he gave me more of a polite chuckle, but hey, I had somebody to share my good news with in person.
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After the realisation that I couldn't actually drink coffee anymore, I paid the $4.80 and went down the beach to consider my exciting future. My scalding coffee went cold. I couldn't even give it to Daniel as he doesn't drink coffee. Yeah, he's really weird.
As I sat to reflect, I thought of a very important question: Who did I want there at the birth?
Women have babies, every second, all over the world. We have done so for millions of years.
Women have passed away many times in child birth, past and present. It's a very natural, but scary experience. It's one that you need to have support with - it's a big deal. Especially your first labour, as you have no idea what to expect. So what did I decide?
I decided to keep it simple. You know, like invite my entire family. That kind of simple. Not all my family - just obviously my very excited fiance, my mum and my big sister. They have rules about the delivery room so I decided that less was more.