My Womb is a Steel Trap, and… Oh Yeah… We Moved.

My friend Amy and I were really getting fed up with being pregnant. It’s starting to get very uncomfortable. We decided to throw ourselves a “Labor Inducing Party” just for fun. I found a recipe for eggplant parmesan online from a restaurant in Georgia. This restaurant claims to have birthed over 300 babies because of this recipe and it claims that if you don’t go into labor within 48 hours you get a free meal (if you eat it at the restaurant). So I made it. It was VERY good. We also had some other “labor inducing” foods like: pinapple and raspberry leaf tea. Then, we went curb walking. VERY tiring, but I actually got some Braxton Hicks contractions from it.

The next morning I went to my weekly OB appointment. I found myself sitting in the lobby and my phone made that familiar jingle alerting me that I had a text message. It was Amy. Guess what? She was in the hospital 3 cm dilated and on an epidural. I got excited, maybe, just maybe, I could go into labor too. Could it be that all that stuff worked? My recipe worked for Amy will it work for me? Then I heard the words from my doctors mouth, “Only a fingertip dilated and 50% effaced, I’ll more than likely see you here in the office next week.” Bummer. That afternoon Amy had a beautiful baby girl, and 48 hours later, I’m still pregnant.

I think I’m in it for the long haul folks. So unless you hear from me, assume I’m still preggers, because if I am in labor, I will post here first. I’m officially due January 7th so there is a good chance I can be overdue. My womb is a steel trap. I’ve found walking and curb walking produce the best contractions so I’ll be doing that a lot.

We moved! We have a new address! We are especially grateful to Walt and Kim who were so generous to open up their house to us for ten months. We could not be here in AZ without them. We are deeply thankful for their sacrifice for us. We are now living with another family, the Murnighans, just four miles from where we used to live. Our new address is:

John and Mel Bjorgen

2580 E. Wisteria Dr.

Chandler, AZ 85286

We love you all! Don’t worry, we’ll let you know when Baby Bjorgen makes her arrival!

8 thoughts on “My Womb is a Steel Trap, and… Oh Yeah… We Moved.

  1. Caroline

    Hang in there, Melissa! You and baby girl (and John, too!) are in our prayers.

  2. Kay Abelman

    Babies know when they are to make their entrance and they don’t come out before that time. Be patient.

    Love and prayers,


  3. Valerie

    Kids never want do what their parents ask them to do ~ may as well start getting used to it now!! LOL We’re very excited about this little girl and are so happy for you both. You’re going to be fantastic parents.
    Love, Val

  4. Rachel

    Don’t be in too much of a hurry…. there won’t be much sleeping when that little girl gets here!!!! praying for all 3 of you!!!!! luv ya lots!

  5. Leah

    Hey, I noticed you are at 50% for your support!

  6. Debbie

    Dear Melissa,
    it has really been fun taking this journey with you! You’re one of the happiest women about having a baby that i have been acquainted with! It’s been a blessing to be a part of it, even if only an acquaintance, still a sister in the Lord and a fellow pregger! Yes, do be patient. The baby is safe and ‘cooking’ still. We love you guys! I also praise the Lord for his provision of a new home. ‘Mom’ (Mrs. B) was kind of worried I think, concerning your move. Have a great day!

  7. Diane Velasco

    We’re praying, Mel! Hang in there! Docs aren’t always accurate on the due date, so don’t be hard on yourself. Praying that our first CWW missionary kid of 2009 is born today! If it’s any consolation, at least in Arizona you don’t have to balance on black ice to get to your car from your home, as we were just alerted over the P.A. system here at the office we will have to do as we leave today!! Love ya!

  8. Ed and Sabrina

    Dear John and Melissa, Congrats on a muy bonita baby girl! Is it too early to start teaching her Jeremiah 29:11? God has a perfect plan for the whole family, enjoy the kitchen sink baths while they last.

    In Christ, Ed and Sabrina

    P.S. Check out great Carribean / missionary story at

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