Good news about the mucus plug, Dee! Maybe she's taking her time because your body is feeling the tension from all the family factors? My first was 6 days late, and I think it was in part because I was fixating on the due date from the beginning of her birth month! This time, I was really hoping the babe would come early (and still feel that it will), but part of me is hoping it will hold off. Like you, I have sick family members who are unable to help me out right now.