Dad's Signs of Labor

So here is what I found when I got nervous about an impending baby delivery...

"Another labor sign to be aware of is that when you go to the bathroom, you may notice mucus on the toilet paper. This may appear as the mucus plug starts to dissolve from the cervix. You may also notice some bloody show which is mucus tinged with blood. As labor progresses, you will have more and more "bloody show" as tiny capillaries in the cervix break as it dilates.

Flu-like symptoms, including mild nausea and diarrhea, are yet another sign that labor may be imminent. You may feel a low backache that comes and goes, or you may feel like you are having menstrual cramps. An increase in contractions, whether painful or not, is another sign that labor may be starting."

I am an experienced father, so let me explain somethings here...
The mild nausea and diarrhea are right on. I don't think the bloody show applies in my case, nor the mucus plug...I don't even know where my cervix is! As far as the backache- definitely the tension I feel has increased the backache. They didn't mention the racing heart, nervous feelings, rambling, checking and re-checking the bag for the hospital, dry mouth, or constant pacing while asking JA "how are you feeling".

As far as JA's signs that labor may be starting, I guess I need to look that up on the internet as well.


JA had our first child 12 days before her due date.

JA had our second child just over 5 weeks before her due date.

JA had our third child 1 week before her due date.

She is due on November 16th. When will she REALLY have her?
I think November 1st.

She Messed Me Up

OOOOOOhhhhhhh Very Bad.

This morning I was so happy because JA got up and made coffee. I knew this because she was walking around with a coffee cup when I got out of the shower. I helped (a little) get the kids ready for school, filled Silver (my stainless steel starbucks coffee mug JA passed down to me when I was in Iraq) and headed out the door. I took a big swig as I hit the door and had trouble not spewing it forth. It was just a little over luke warm. It was yesterdays coffee that stayed warm in the caraffe. But just warm. Just when I was thinking how great it was that JA made coffee too. She was drinking chocolate milk.

The Rockies are about to lose game 2. That stinks.

VA Tech blew a 10 point lead in the last 4 minutes to Boston College. The QB From BC looked awesome. VTs defense was non-existent. I was hoping BC would lose.

It is a bad day

Even in Korea I was able to watch the Tennessee-Alabama game on TV. I probably could have seen it in Iraq, but I was in transit from Kuwait to Iraq during the game and missed out. Apparently, Seeing it from Oregon or Washington is not an option though. Grrrrr.

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I can still function getting up at 1 AM and going in to work. But, wow, it hurts.

I was talking to one of my managers today and realized that although I felt like the young guy in management and I thought of him as an older manager, he only has a couple years on me and I may just look older. He didn’t view me as a young manager. I drank my coffee and took a look in the mirror and could see, even though I have maintained a nice short haircut, the grey hair making its trek from my temples toward the back of my head.

I saw my first grey hair when I was 19- no kidding- not long after I got engaged. I earned a lot more while I was in Iraq. I am still mostly (by quite a bit) brown haired. But the battle rages on.

I never loved PT (physical training) while I was in the Army. Honestly, I did less than I should. Especially the last 18 months (Iraq and on my way out of the Army.) But I think I have perfected the “Formula for Fat” and here it is: Walk away from an extremely regimented physical training program when you are in your 30s. Almost a guarantee that you will pack on a few extra pounds. Want proof? Too bad; I‘m not walking around with my shirt off for ANYONE that reads this that doesn’t live in my house.

The military awarded the second Medal of Honor since the beginning of hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Somewhere out there you can see a list of how many Bronze Stars, Silver Stars and Medals of Honor have been awarded by war. Although in my opinion, the Bronze Star is handed out like candy, the Silver Star and Medal of Honor has been very difficult to get approved. I believe the balance should be a little better. Maybe cut the Bronze Stars in less than half (not every Captain and above, including me, deserves a Bronze Star for showing up), and award the MOH when it is deserved. We are pretty crappy about doing these in a timely manner. More on the Bronze Star- A Soldier who dies in action ranging from a direct firefight with a hostile force to standing in the wrong place at the wrong time and getting hit by an enemy mortar, will receive the Bronze Star. A staff officer that never leaves the Logistics Support Area (read that as “in the rear with the gear” as it gets in Iraq) will more times than not be awarded a Bronze Star. I asked for my award to be downgraded to something I felt more appropriate. I was told that the award is given to the company commander not only for him, but for his company as well. I think that is… not a good answer. After the awards ceremony, a senior officer who I will call Doug, walked up to me and said that I should be proud of my Bronze Star because it’s the same award that Soldiers who are killed receive. I felt sickened. He definitely did not produce a feeling of pride in me whatsoever.

I have been completely out of the Army for 32 days and signed out on leave for 60 days before that. I received a message on my cell phone yesterday informing me that I am due for a PT test and I need to be in front of the unit area at 0600 this morning. As I type this, I am 34 minutes late- I hope I don’t get in trouble!