Long walks, speed bumps, bribery, we're trying everything we can think of to convince the baby it's time to come out, but so far none of it is working. Last night we promised the baby ice cream if it would just be born, and it responded with some vigorous kicking, but resolutely stayed inside. Then we tried to convince the baby that it should come out now and not risk a lifetime of mommy resenting it for subjecting her to an extra week of pregnancy, but I think the baby's rate of time preference is pretty high and it's willing to give up an awful lot of future utility for a few more days of fetal bliss. This morning we had another doctors appointment, and she said that Elaine was dilated 2 centimeters. Then she tried to 'stir things up', which I'm not sure is an official medical procedure, but with any luck it will help move things along. I know lots of you are hoping the baby will be here soon too, so if you have any helpful suggestions or stories, be they humorous or serious, feel free to relay them in the comments section.