Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day

I've never played a meme before, but who doesn't want to read about my labor? Come on now! I read this over at Rocks in my Dryer and thought I'd add my 3 labors to the mix.

How long were your labors?
kid #1 -14 very long hours
kid #2 - 4 hours - their labor and delivery were as different as their personalities
kid #3 - 1,296 hours -oh my word. Once you have all of your paperwork turned into to China, they say you are "paper work pregnant", so that was a 16 month pregnancy. We got our referral call (water breaking???) on January 3rd and did not get to hold Piper until Feb. 26, 2007. Not labor, you say? Try preparing to travel half way around the world, leaving your 2 kids behind, knowing your 3rd child is living in an orphanage with questionable care, as you carry her picture around trying to convince yourself it is really happening.

How did you know you were in labor?
kid #1 - contractions
kid#2- 1 day overdue, doctor wanted to be home for dinner, so he induced me after a check up - grrrrr...
kid#3- I don't know if I can say how we knew unofficially(oh, I wish I could tell this story), but officially when the phone rang and I saw on the caller ID it was our adoption agency.

Where did you deliver?
kid #1 - hospital
kid #2- hospital
kid #3- at the Center for Marriage and Adoptions in Chongqing City, China

Drugs?
kid #1- oh yes, unfortunately they only took on my right side
kid #2- oh yes, but only for the last hour
kid #3- oh, I wanted some badly on the bus ride over to meet the babies!

C-section?
Nope, but we were close to one w/kid #1. The doc said if I didn't deliver w/in the hour, we'd have to. 45 minutes later...he arrived, he still hates to be late.
Kid #3- One of the great parts of an adoption delivery is you feel fantastic from the very first moment and get to focus on your baby 100%. There's nothing else in this world like it.

Happy Labor Day!

4 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

Adoption is an awesome thing! I have a friend that has adopted twice & is wanting to adopt again. She is a precious little girl.

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

How neat!

Peapod Four said...

Thanks for the prayers Dena. I made it till the bus driver closed the doors before I started crying. The rest of the day has been fine and we'll go get her from the bus stop in about an hour! : ) I'm excited to hear about her day.

Christie said...

You're so clever - what a fun post!

MISS YOU!!

Can I just tell you, while I'm visiting that little Q-man wears those darling Hawaiian pj's ALL THE TIME and he is so cute in them! Love them!!! The gift that kept on giving. Not to mention he wore those swim trunks almost exclusively this year...