February 11, 2009

A Game While We're Waiting for Baby

As of yesterday, we're officially in my sister-in-law's "due month" (38-42 weeks)---which is the term my first OB used in a futile attempt to keep her patients from focusing on the due date. All it does for me is give me up to TWENTY-EIGHT days to think "BABY? BABY? BABY? BABY? BABY? BABY?"

On one hand I don't want to try your patience by having a contest so soon after all the giveaways. We are not some sort of daily sweepstakes blog. On the other hand, I'm jittery and I'm looking for distractions and I'm thinking a lot about the BABY? BABY? BABY? and it's fun to make care packages, so here's what we're going to do. We're going to play a game I love, which is called "Guess the Birth Date." (You may think you can also Guess the Rules, and you would be right.)

Guess the day my very first NIECE! will be born. If more than one person guesses correctly, I'll pool the correct guesses and choose one randomly. The prize will be a Happy Niece Day Celebratory Swistle Care Package, contents as yet undetermined. A little spruce tree kit? An owl notebook? Lip balm? A monkey apron? Mint brownies? Goodness knows! But for sure it will include a small toy chicken for The Chicken Game, because Dr. Maureen introduced me to it (the game and also the chicken, whose name is Mr. Pickles), and you may want to play too. I also might send you the 2009 dishtowel calendar I just bought two of, because I love mine far more than I ever expected to love a dishtowel calendar, and perhaps you will feel the same way.

Here are some details you may find useful in coming up with your guess, now that you're all hot to win that dishtowel:


1) The due date is February 24th.

2) This is my sister-in-law's first baby.

3) Her OB has already warned her that she (the OB) doesn't like to induce until 1 or even 2 weeks past the due date.


Okay, now guess! One guess per person. The deadline is the birthdate.

143 comments:

Shelly Overlook said...

Feb 25

Gina said...

I'll play, since we are also waiting for Baby in my family. I'll say March 3rd.

Hillary said...

Feb. 27. And if I win, I would LOVE mint brownies.

Amy said...

March 1.

Good luck to sister-in-law.

Annika said...

March 3. Which is the birthday of three of my friends' children - two years ago, my friend K's daughter, and last year my friend C's twins.

chroniclesofraw said...

OH, fun! I say February 28th.

Lauren said...

March 2nd. If I don't win I might have to make my own mint brownies as a consolation prize.

Kylene said...

I'm gonna say Feb 20th because that's MY birthday and that would be AWESOME. :)

Good luck to her!

courtney in FL said...

Feb 20th. Good luck to her and the new little one. Oh, how I miss that new baby smell.

I would have caused great harm to my OB if she said that she would not induce early.

arbee said...

Feb 18th - it's my brother's b-day...and the best guess I got! :)

Happy first niece! *squee*

-R- said...

Feb 26.

I hope it's earlier though, for both you and your sister-in-law!

Elizabeth said...

I am guessing February 17th since it's Eli's birthday. (My due date was March 1st).
Also, your comment word verification is "grump". I can't decide whether to be insulted or to agree with it.

Southern jezeBelle said...

feb 26.

Jenn Mc said...

Feb 22

Hotch Potchery said...

My very first nephew who was my sister's first baby was born on his due date, so I say February 24! Happy niecing!

Jen said...

February 27th!

Janice said...

March 3rd, My birthday!!!

Snoopyfan said...

I am going to guess February 17 because 17 is my lucky number and because I am not going to have anymore babies myself!

Erica said...

Feb 28th is my guess : )

iheartgreen said...

February 20th is my guess. Congratulations in advance!

Mimi said...

I'm guessing March 1st. How exciting!

Safire said...

Feb 24th, just because someone has to be born on their due date.

bluedaisy said...

February 16th simply because my first was 8 days early...no matter the date, wishing for healthy baby and healthy mommy :)

Beth Fish said...

Feb 24. Owen was born on his due date, he needs some company.

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Feb 26.

Dawna Drake said...

Feb 22

Miss Grace said...

March 2

Kelsey said...

March 5. If I happen to win I'll tell you the silly reason that date is in my mind tonight.

Bethtastic said...

February 28. Because it's my half-birthday, and we celebrate those around here :)!

Happy Birthday little Nie-stle!!

Anonymous said...

2/27! :o)

-daniellecorrelle@aol.com

Mama DB said...

Feb 22nd. I'm betting early!

BDS said...

March fourth. The only date that is a sentence.

Alice said...

feb 26th for me!

Dana said...

March 5th.

Monique said...

I say Feb 23!! Sending out good vibes for a safe and easy birth when ever the little one arrives.

Kate said...

I will guess Feb. 25th, since my little sister just had her first in January and she arrived one day past the official due date (Jan. 14th, vs Jan. 13th, not that anyone other than me would care...)

Omaha Mama said...

I say Feb. 23.
Can I guess every day until the baby comes?

brenna said...

well, my first was three days late, so I'll say Feb 27th.

Kristi said...

March 7th - it's just a feeling :)

Frondly said...

February 25!

Clarabella said...

March 4th. That's how late I was with my first (and so far only) child, so I'm going with it.

Deborah said...

March 6th.

Shal said...

March 9, 2009

Jessica said...

I'm going for March 2!

Allison said...

Feb 23rd! Oh and hey Swistle, just wondering, this is the first time I've entered any competitions on your website, but I'm from Australia. Is this ok?

Giselle said...

Feb 24...because I was born on my due date and it's cool to be on time. ;)

Badness Jones said...

March 6 - because my first was induced 10 days late. But I almost hope I'm wrong, because I wouldn't wish that waiting hell on anyone.

Cheryl888 said...

I'm going to go with Feb 28th!

Kathi A said...

I'm guessing March 4th!

sil said...

i'm going with march 5 :)

Erin said...

I'm TOTALLY going out on a limb here and am guessing the ACTUAL DUE DATE. 2/24.

Dynamita said...

Feb 24th.

Amanda said...

February 19th

Betty M said...

March 4

Kristine said...

March 2

Cherish said...

Feb 23

kdbear said...

Monday, March 2

Nowheymama said...

March 10. Because I am evil.

Susan said...

Saturday, February 21.

MaggieO said...

I was due on the 24th of February too! So I say the baby will be born on Feb. 27th, because that's when my son came. Of course, I was induced, so this isn't very scientific...

Robin M. said...

March 3.

Laura said...

March 4th, which is also my oldest daughter's birthday.

katethegr8 said...

Feb 28th...

Jess said...

I'm going to go with February 27. EEEE BABY.

Kristi said...

February 22nd!!!

Tracy H said...

My guess is March 2nd....mmmm Mint brownies!

Heather D. said...

25th

Marie Green said...

Feb 23rd. Final answer.

Today Wendy said...

Feb 24th - it is the best day to be born on

clueless but hopeful mama said...

I'm not going to look at anyone else's predictions.... I'm going with late- March 7th.

Yay for nieces!

Pickles and Dimes said...

February 26! How exciting for everyone.

each of the two said...

First baby eh?

most are late... March 3rd is my best guess!

Jennifer B said...

Feb 29. Oh wait, guess that wouldn't be possible...though I think that would be a cool birthday.

I'll go with the 27th. Having a baby on a Friday worked well for me so all the relatives could come and visit over the weekend and my husband didn't have to use those precious vacation days.

I'll be out by the mailbox waiting for mint brownies!

jennanndavis at gmail dot com

may said...

I always lose these guessing contests, but here's hoping...

Um, Feb. 28.

And she'll weigh 7 lb., 4 oz. and be 19 1/2" long. How's that for a guess? : )

Kim said...

I feel like I've been thinking BABY BABY BABY for the past two months, so this is great!
I'll go slightly early and say February 20th.

Bunny said...

In the spirit of my own two babies, I'm going with: In labor on the 24th but actually born on the 25th.

And: a dishtowel? You are too much.

Little-Bit said...

I have justifications for Every Day. But, after contemplating for HOURS, I say March 2nd. Squeee!

juliloquy said...

Too bad we don't have a Leap Day this year. I'll say March 5. Wheeee!

SheLikesToTravel said...

I'm guessing Feb 28.

Siera said...

Holy Comments! Put me down for March 1.

Stormin' said...

February 26

salgalvin said...

March 1st!

Jen said...

3/2 - two months before my birthday and 2 birthdays rule.

Fiona Picklebottom said...

Well, before reading all the way to the end, where you told the actual due date, I wanted to say March 1st. I guess I'll stick with that...

If I win, PLEASE include mint brownies. PLEASE. :)

Melissa said...

Well, I'm going with March 3rd, my hubby's birthday since his due date was also 2/24. Sorry Swistle's Sister-in-law for wanting you to be overdue, but I am in desperate need for some mint brownies!

Misty said...

17! Because I am optimistic for all involved.

Jenny R. said...

I vote for February 19 because that is my birthday! So excited to hear all about the new arrival!

Jenny 1 said...

BTW, I am in 100% agreement w/Fiona Picklebottom about the mint brownies. YUMMMMMMMMMMY

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Feb. 28.

Liz said...

my anniversary...March 4

Becky said...

February 26th.

Kathy said...

2/22 - because I delivered 2 days before my due date with my first.

Julie said...

March 1, definitely!

stephanie said...

I'll be creative and go with the actual due date! 2/24

Saly said...

March 1st!!

Fine For Now said...

Feb. 26 :o)

Heather said...

Feb. 27!

Emily R said...

March 1!

Brooke said...

February 21.

beth said...

Feb 27th

Dr. Maureen said...

Oho, I see how it is. Now I *have* to write The Chicken Game post, and tout suite. Toche, Swistle.

Anyway, I guess Feb. 27. TCG post is forthcoming.

Kristin.... said...

Oh March 3rd. All my kids were born on Tuesdays.

And the mint brownies would be excellent! :)

Barb @ getupandplay said...

March 5

Maestro Dennis said...

March 12

Tess said...

March 1

Shelly said...

I guess Feb. 23rd.

Whimsy said...

I'm going with March 3 because it's my little Alice's birthday. And we like the round 3's right next to each other. PLUS 9 is a product (it's "product", right?) of 3x3. So how COOL would that be to have that for a birthday? 3.3.9.

Love it. Am huge nerd.

the planet of janet said...

march 1. i have my reasons, but i'm not telling.

pseudostoops said...

Feb 24, because SOMEBODY has to give the actual due date its due!

Kira said...

February 19, because I am also pregnant and due March 29, and I can't afford the karma of guessing an after-due-date-date for her.
Fwiw, I also predict a lovely birth.

Sarah said...

February 26! Yay babies!

Josie said...

De-lurking to say... March 5th!
And I love your blog :)

Leslie said...

Fashionably late on February 26th.

Kristi said...

As much as I hate to predict lateness (for her sake), I'm going with March 4th. It happened to me with my first baby & it was AUGUST in PHOENIX. And I was not a very pleasant person to be around.

Sarcy said...

March 3rd, 'cause my first baby was a week late.

Sally said...

March 1! yay babies!

alpacalifestyle said...

February 17, 'cause my first baby was a week early.

Laura said...

February 23. You had me at mint brownies.

Christy said...

February 22

Christina said...

How exciting! We did this once for a family friend who was having twins and it was $5 to enter the pot and all the money went into the baby's savings account.

I'll say Feb. 23 b/c I was born on Oct. 23 and I'm feeling 23 vibes!

drowninginlaundry said...

March5th. Sicne I was 10 days overdue with my first I think everybody should be too.

rockygrace said...

I'm guessing March 6. And I hope I win, because I NEED a monkey apron.

Rah said...

February 23. about 8 p.m. I covet that calendar. Happy Aunt-ing.

Hillary said...

March 3rd

Christi-Anne said...

I will guess my husband's birthday, Feb 21.

Mary said...

February 19

caleyadams said...

March 2. Also, YAY for being an aunt!

Sheena said...

Feb. 22
Both of my babies have been born on Sundays and both were early. Let's hope for as much with baby #3!

Emily said...

I'm guessing February 26th. Hooray for a new baby soon!

Sara said...

February 23rd, since both my babies were a little early

Michelle said...

February 28. Such a shame it isn't a leap year so I could guess Feb 29 ;)

jess said...

Nieces are so much fun. I got my first one for Christmas last year. My sis got me just what I'd asked for and you can't beat the delivery date.

Jenny H. said...

February 26th.

Alison said...

March 1

alisonsannouncements at yahoo dot com

Congratulations to your sis-in-law. I have three babies born in March... I love March birthdays!

sheila said...

March 5th

shoeaddict said...

March 4.

Bonnie said...

March 10 as long as they don't induce before... I had my first exactly 2 weeks past the "due date" and it was also a Tuesday. Everything went awesome and I was only in labor for 4 hours! I can imagine how rough it would have gone if they had induced me before... I say that our bodies know when the baby is fully cooked :) and things would go more smoothly (in most cases - I understand there will be exceptions) if we let things go as they will instead of butting in and getting in a rush! She was also only 7lbs 9 oz so she would've been a peanut if she came 2 weeks earlier!

Stacy said...

I vote for March 1.

Lippy said...

I am also waiting for a niece or nephew (their parents didn't find out the gender, booo). I am going to guess Feb 27th.

Eleanor Q. said...

Tuesday, March 3. I like the even of March 2nd but like Tuesday more than Monday so that's what I'm going with.

St said...

I'm guessing March 3rd. How exciting!

Jennifer said...

I am going to go with March 1st

The Gori Wife said...

Feb. 28th!!! I forgot to guess, until I was like "I WANT A CHICKEN!!!"