Waiting on the Zach attack!

Posted by Barbara Meltz  July 3, 2007 03:54 PM

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Alison and Scott Desroche are into their countdown. A very pregnant Alison will be induced on Friday if she hasn't delivered by then.

I first met Alison and Scott last week at their home in Northborough. They live in a cozy split level with a deck Scott built and a big spread out back where they both lovingly labor. They're outdoors people -- Scott rides dirt bikes, a snow mobile and a motorcycle. Alison is fond of horseback riding, sailing and she skiis, too. They both love to camp.

As they enter this new phase of their life -- what they lovingly call the "Zach Attack" -- I'm going to visit the Desroches periodically to see how their lives and their relationship change with a baby. They will also write for the blog.

All new parents face a period of adjustment, but Alison and Scott fit a new and growing demographic. Married five years this coming October, they're older: She's 44, he's 38; they used IVF; and they have an established, active and comfortable life together.

On the other hand, this is their miracle baby. Every piece of this is something they are looking forward to. The baby's room is ready, they've practiced putting a teddy bear into the car seat, Scott has negotiated a 2-week paternity leave, Alison 3-months.

Scott was even having sympathetic labor pains, or so Alison thought.
Yesterday, he finally went to the doctor who found a bull's eye rash. Diagnosis: Lyme's disease. After only 24 hours of antiobiotics, he's already feeling better.

"Luckily, we caught it early," Alison says. "When it rains, it pours."

She could go into labor any time but she thinks Zach isn't in a hurry. "He's still riding high," she says. How does she feel?

"Nervous, excited, not up for pain, hope it's not as long as I think it's gonna be. I can't wait to get my ankles back to normal, but I will miss having him inside me. We got used to negotiating space, the two of us."

Stay tuned.

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Barbara F. Meltz is a freelance writer, parenting consultant, and author of "Put Yourself in Their Shoes: Understanding How Your Children See the World." She won several awards for her weekly "Child Caring" column in the Globe, including the 2008 American Psychological Association Print Excellence award. Barbara is available as a speaker for parent groups.

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