Monday, June 24, 2013


This is our dear Guru Louise is labor with her first kid. 
Today is a really big day. Today is the day that our own Guru Louise is getting induced and having her third baby. Many of you have read all about her pregnancy on Babble - how she is high risk, how she's had some past health issues, how she adores her two kids (who after today will be known as her "big kids" even though they are still little). 

The act of giving birth is an amazing (and sometimes scary) thing. I wish I could be there to hold her hand, or bring her awesome husband a Starbucks, or play with her kids so they would miss her a little less while she's in the hospital. But I live too far away.

Maybe we could all take a moment and send her a good vibe, or a prayer, or a little strength or whatever you feel comfortable sending her. And at that moment today when she is scared or exhausted or feeling weak and wrung out, she'll get a little extra lift from all of us. 

I know she sounds very sweet and funny in her posts - but she is so much sweeter in real life. She is truly a kind, loving, and decent human being. This new baby is very lucky to have her as a mommy. Sniffle.

She wrote this last night and I wanted to share it with you guys:

I should really be sleeping right now.
See, I’m having a baby tomorrow. My third baby. So I’m very, acutely aware that this is the last night for several years when I can sleep through the night by my own choosing. Sigh.
And yet here I am and I just can’t shut my brain up. I’m in an unusual situation because I know when I’m going to give birth, thanks to my high-risk pregnancy. So you’d think I’d have all my ducks in a row, but there is absolutely nothing in a row over here. I do finally have a suitcase packed and the car seat base is in the car. I got a pedicure and did some vacuuming today, too. But none of the stuff in my head is in a row. My brain won’t be quiet long enough for me to snuggle my body pillow and go to sleep.
I’m preoccupied by a number of things. I’m worried about something going wrong tomorrow during the delivery. I’m concerned that my 5 year-old and 3 year-old have no clue how exhausted I’m going to be this summer. I’m feeling nostalgic because this is my last pregnancy and I think I might miss how this feels.
But one thing I am absolutely NOT anxious about is meeting this baby. Before my first was born I was anxious about everything. I didn’t know how to be a mother or what to do with a baby. Frankly, I was terrified. Before my second child was born I would gaze lovingly at my oldest and think, ‘There is no way another kid could be as awesome as you,’ and then I would crumple up in tears because I was convinced it was true and that the second child would see it written on my face.

Now I know things. I know you can, in fact, love your second child as much as your first. And he will be just as awesome, but in a completely different way from your first. It’s amazing and inspiring.

You can read the rest here on Babble. (sorry for the link-thru, I know they're annoying but she's literally 41 weeks pregnant, it's not like we could ask her to write two posts...)
YAY!!! Guru had a healthy boy! 
On 6/24/13 at at 9:13pm, 6 pounds, 5 ounces and 18 inches long!!

(c)Herding Turtles 2009 - 2013


  1. Good luck Louise!!!
    Sending you positive thoughts and energy for a smooth delivery. I'm sure everything will go well and that you will have a beautiful newborn in your arms soon =)

  2. There is NOTHING that compares to meeting that new person for the first time. Nothing. I am believing for all the best for you Guru!!!!

  3. Sending lots of good vibes! I just went through this 2 months ago, and number 3 is, somehow, manageable! Good luck and welcome to the world, little one!

  4. Guru - Each kid is amazing in their own right, not just because they are yours. My kids are about the same age difference as yours, we didn't even broach the subject with my second, I was wracked with so much guilt, how could I do this to her? (Ok, she was a lot younger, 18 months). Anyhoo, where my oldest took to her sister with disdain and couldn't even look at her in the hospital, broke my heart, let me tell you. They took to their little brother like a duck to water. I still get chills when I think of my middle child holding her little brother, the concentration and reverence in her face was breath-taking. Good luck on this journey, may it be filled with good memories and may Mommy-brain wipe out the bad!

  5. Wow! You described exactly how I am feeling to a T...I am due to have my first child in a couple of weeks and I do, in fact, feel terrified and anxious about everything. I guess nothing really changes - as my ducks are not in a row but hey, at least my bag is packed (but I'm still not sure what exactly goes in the darn thing). Funny how I would not be nervous about packing for a deployment or for an extensive business trip but packing for 2 days for labor and delivery is a mystery. Sending you prayers and good vibes on your journey as a mother to a newborn.




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