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Maternity Leave, Day Nine

Speed Racer makes the time fly by.

No baby yet. Frustration and concern began to set in, and then I remembered the words of Project Runway's great philosopher, Tim Gunn — Make it work!

Making maternity leave work:

1) Rub elbows with former presidents. Strolled within 3 feet of Bill Clinton in the west village on Monday. Got the hairy eyeball from Secret Service who spied my MSNBC jacket.
2) Tag along to screenings with friends. Speed Racer mid-afternoon in a cushy Time Warner screening room?! Nice. It may be the movie of the summer. Visually arresting human cartoon craziness.
3) Excuse to eat spicy Chinese food — didn't work to bring on labor but I do love the stinky garlic broccoli at Empire Szechuan.
4) Download pop music and dance around the house nine-and-half-months pregnant. Sorry for the visual. Currently on the hit list: Duffy's "Mercy."
5) Start that fierce book you always dreamed about. Page one is pretty good, if I do say so myself.

The update: Baby Stewolff will join us by Friday, so the doctors tell me. Stay tuned.



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My mom was two weeks late giving birth to my younger brother, and she swallowed spoon fulls of castor oil. I don't remember how much, but she said that the castor oil put her in labor. I don't know if that helps, or if that's just a wives' tale and she would have gone into labor anyways.

Also, even to this day, my brother is late to pretty much everything, so maybe you'll have that to look forward to!

Good luck!!

Sent by Sarah | 1:45 PM | 4-30-2008

If you're still working on potential baby names, here's my wife's take on the subject. It's a video she did for her blog a while back.

Sent by andy carvin, npr | 4:54 PM | 4-30-2008

Already decided: if a boy, it's William Cullen.

Sent by Marc Naimark | 5:31 PM | 4-30-2008

I was ten days late, my good friend's baby was 12 days late...i think first kids are late...s/he will come though, they always do...

Sent by m.rawlins | 7:48 PM | 4-30-2008

I am also dancing around the house to Duffy's "Mercy." She's the new Amy Winehouse.

Sent by Matt Martinez-NPR | 9:15 PM | 4-30-2008

William Cullen? But after Bryant or after William Cullen Hart, the guy from the Olivia Tremor Control?

Sent by Stewart | 11:00 PM | 4-30-2008

My friend was in there for eleven months. True Story!!! Upside? I don't think they let that happen anymore!

Sent by Juli | 11:34 PM | 4-30-2008

Oh, see, I thought Marc Naimark was going for Bill Cullen the game show host.

Sent by Tricia, NPR | 3:30 AM | 5-1-2008

Tricia, I immediately thought Bill Cullen the game show host too. Too many childhood hours in front of the TV.

Sent by Sarah Goodyear | 8:46 AM | 5-1-2008

When I read William Cullen, I thought of the game show host, too!

Sent by Sarah | 8:48 AM | 5-1-2008

Of course, Bryant. He's a William Cullen Bryant Park Project.

Sent by Marc Naimark | 3:16 PM | 5-1-2008