Okay, here's the deal. DH has the opportunity to do some work with an opera company he'd really love to work with again this summer. BUT, he'd finish up and come home on June 15. I'm due June 24. Neither of us wants him to miss the birth, but I also hate for him to not go and have nothing happen wrt the baby's arrival. Of course we know there are no guarantees and that last-minute complications could change our plan from a self-starting labor (or late induction) to early induction or c-section. BUT, I also know that statistically speaking, most first-time moms go to their delivery date or beyond. He'll be in New York, so catching a flight home to St. Louis shouldn't be TOO hard, but if I were to, say, go in to labor at 8 or 9 pm, he might not be able to get something until the next morning. To be honest, while I absolutely want him there, I'm not so worried about being in labor alone (obviously I'd have friends on call to take me to the hospital). I am REALLY concerned about him not being there for his son's birth, though. I just really think he'd feel like he missed out-- and he would have!
So, talk to me about your first time experiences. Were you early? Late? Would you risk it?