Thursday, February 08, 2007
A Pig Is Coming!? I Mean A Baby!
Quick, alert the media! I am finally dilated at 2 cm and 50% effaced. Woohoo! Actually now I’m worried because both my boys are sick. But I’m tired of worrying and decided to take things as it comes. I can only do so much preparation. So if she comes now, then she comes. Well, my doctor said that if I am still pregnant by my next week’s appointment on Wednesday (Feb. 14th – my actual due date), then we should start talking about getting induced. So we shall see.
Anyway, another big thing coming around is the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. This Chinese year 4705 began on Feb. 18, 2007, and it is the Year of The Pig. Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. Those born in pig years tend to have excellent manners, make and keep friends, work very hard, and appreciate luxury. They are very loving and make loyal partners.
But this year is not just an ordinary pig’s year. This is the year of the GOLDEN PIG. This is something that my husband and I just heard of last week. According to Chinese folklore, this event only comes every 600 years of the Lunar Calendar. Running alongside the 12-year animal cycle is another 10-year animal cycle that consists of the five elements of traditional Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, gold, and water. Babies born in the ‘year of the golden pig’ are believed to have good fortune and will lead a comfortable and wealthy life.
The funny part is that apparently everyone in Asia is racing to get married and get pregnant this year. It’s a big Asian Baby Boom! And for those that are already pregnant, they are making sure to hold on to the baby until the 18th of Feb. Now since my doctor and I will be talking about inducing on the 14th, is it even really possible for me to suggest and wait for another 4 days? I know it is silly and I don’t even really believe in this stuff. But it is so close to the date that I kind of want to, and what’s wrong with getting more luck in your side? But last week when we didn’t know about this entire golden pig hype thing – it didn’t even matter. Stupid me!
OK – let’s put things in perspective. The last time I was told a Chinese good luck date was when I got engaged in 1994 and my Mother In Law was quick to check out her Chinese Lunar Calendar and announced that Sept. 24th, 1994 is the “good luck” date to get married. My husband, then fiancée, and I booked the church and Chinese banquet restaurant right away, and we were so excited. Well, 2 really BAD things came out of that:
1 ---In the midst of planning months away from the wedding, the banquet restaurant decided to close. We freaked out because we cannot find any other Chinese banquet restaurant that will gladly take us on that date. To make the long story short, we ended up moving to October 15th and found a banquet restaurant, and got the Church to squeeze as in.
2 ---Also on the actual day of September 24th, my husband and I correctly remembered that it was pouring rain and thunderstorm under a black sky at noon that continued throughout the afternoon and night!
So now, I say to myself --- Heck no – it doesn’t matter if this baby is born on a supposedly “good luck year” – Having her on any day of her choice is our “good luck date”! No matter what animal she will represent. I don’t need a Lunar Calendar to tell me so. After all, if I remember - they turn more into monsters anyway. hehe
Oh yeah - Happy Birthday to my husband! As I always say, "I'm so lucky to have a wonderful partner for the last 13 years (19 altogether!!!) - and I love you, babe! It still feels like it has only been 3 years."