The Jasper Chronicles

The Journal of a Cynical Dad

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Still No News

Third day overdue and still no action on the labour front. Patty is getting lots of sympathy from strangers, and interestingly a lot of advice about how to jump-start labour. Here are a few:

  • Eat lots of raspberries
  • Drink lots of ice water
  • Walk up stairs
  • Walk down stairs
  • Press between your thumb and your index finger
  • Watermelon
  • Drink beer (hey why doesn't Patty take up smoking while she's at it)
  • Walk with one foot on the curb and one foot off
  • Go on a hike
  • Make love (very surreal when an absolute stranger tells you to go do this)
  • Eat spicy foods
  • Take Cod Liver oil (what is this - 1935?)
So it's obvious no one knows what they're talking about. I suspect what happens is someone tries one of these "remedies" just when they were about to go into labour anyways. So it's pure coincidence, although #10 is a technique we are practicing regularly.