Katie got a surprise from her obstetrician earlier this week — the due date was actually yesterday, December 10, and not tomorrow, December 12, like they have been telling her the past eight months. Of course, this calendar mix-up isn’t a big deal to little Jackie, but it has made Katie and me a little more anxious over the last couple of days.

We’ve now heard every possible theory about predicting and inducing labor. Apparently, a sudden burst of energy (often manifested in some kind of nesting activity) is a twenty-four-hour precursor to labor. Another friend suggested that a baby’s birth, much like a person-to-werewolf transformation, can be triggered by a full moon. Tomorrow marks the full lunar phase for the month of December. Of course, if Katie really wants to speed things along, she can go for a long walk, climb stairs, eat spicy foods, or drink a tablespoon of castor oil.

She’ll come when she’s ready, so we’ll just have to wait a little longer to meet her.