Small town girl. Joins Navy. Sees the world. Flies in planes. Hunts submarines. Gets out of military and has 3 kids. Rejoins Air National Guard as an "old lady" of 38.

A humorous compilation of stories and lessons learned. Usually the hard way.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How to Have a Baby

So I've been spending the last few days now in the beautiful state of Washington out visiting my little sister.  The reason for my visit?  To stare at the tall trees and picture scenes from the Twilight movies.  Oh yes, and to assist my sister in any way that I can as her first baby is about to arrive.

Actually it should have technically arrived two days ago.  But apparently my soon-to-be niece will not be bothered by silly things such as due dates.  She'll come when she's good and ready.  And while I understand and respect her stubbornness- it's a sign she has Maki genes- I cannot help but grow a little more anxious with each passing day as my airline ticket demands my return to the other side of the country in 4 days- with or without having met her.

Now that you can see my predicament, you can understand why I've personally taken it upon myself to convince my sister to try every possible old wives' tale of inducing labor.  And I just know my sister has to be enjoying me asking her if she is in labor yet every five minutes.

Methods tried and failed:

*Spicy foods (Indian food the night of my arrival)

*Eggplant Parmesan (Someone suggested this was a sure thing. It wasn't.)

*Caster Oil (Yep, I really made her do this.  She was not a happy camper.)

*Walking (We have walked so much I feel like I'm about to go into labor.)

*Fresh pineapple (This was fun, but ineffective.)

*Stuff that only her husband can help her with (Still no baby.)

*Foot rubs and pressure points (She enjoyed this much more than the Caster oil.)

So as you can see, it seems that no matter how much we can wish that baby to make her appearance, in the end, only Mother Nature can tell when she's done baking.  Oh and the pitocin gods, but they won't get involved for a while yet.  Too late for me.

In the mean time, I will continue to search for vampire sightings as well as enjoy my time with my sister while I still can have her undivided attention.  As any parent knows it'll be a long time until I'll get that again.

I'll keep you posted!  And please feel free to share any ideas that we may have missed...


  1. Well the foot massage/pedicure worked for me! It was a fast delivery too! Enjoy your visit with your sister! --Holly Seawell

    1. Thanks Holly! We'll keep working on that one!

  2. Love this Julia! Good luck KK! Thinking of you! Anna

  3. You're a sweet sister! I hope she's had the baby by now and I hope it was before you had to leave! My last baby was stubborn like that... I tried everything but the castor oil. She was still two weeks 'late' but it turned out to be just right for her!