I have a friend a few blocks down who was due to give birth December 6th, just 5 weeks ahead of me. We were supposed to hang out tonight watching movies and talking girl talk, so I called her as soon as I got out of work. No answer. I left a message thinking that maybe she was having dinner or napping or something. Well, that was 4 hours ago, and she just returned my call. Her water broke at midnight last night, and she gave birth to a "perfect sweetie" at 1pm today. YAY! She said she hasn't slept since the night before last, but that she is so excited to have her baby in her arms that she probably won't be able to sleep for hours. I'm so excited to go visit her tomorrow! She kept saying, "You're next, you know," and, "I can't wait until you have your baby!" Should I bring anything with me when I visit her? I thought about flowers and balloons, but that's just more stuff her and her husband will have to tote home and deal with. Then I thought that maybe I could volunteer to make dinner for her some night, or get them a gift certificate to a good delivery restaurant. I'd feel bad showing up empty handed, but I don't know what to get/do. Ironic, isn't it? Just an hour ago I jumped on here thinking about labor induction, then I find out that my friend just had her baby. It's so scary and exciting all at once! And... egads! I'm next!