Thursday, October 30, 2008

October 31, 1985

I was very, very pregnant with Drew and CUP had just turned 2. I took him trick-or-treating and everyone was making comments like, "Oh my God, you look like you are about to deliver any minute!" and "Are you having twins?" and "WHEN are you due?". I told them that I could actually deliver at any time, since I was due the day before. Little did I know that baby Drew would not make his appearance until November 30th! Yes, a full month late, the LONGEST month of my life.

The obstetrician that I had was not my doctor of choice, but in the good-old days of HMO's, he was the only doctor on our insurance at the time, so I had no choice. He kept insisting that I must have gotten my dates mixed up and the baby would come out when he was ready. What an idiot! When Drew finally arrived, weighing in at 9 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 22 3/4 inches long, the doctor looked at him and told me, "Oh, you were right, he is at least 3-4 weeks late." Ya think????? I will say this, though, even though he took forever to make his way into the world, Drew was the most considerate of all my birth kids in the fact that once he decided it was time, he practically just popped out! (Well, compared to his brothers, anyway!) I was only in labor for 7 hours. I just remembered that I went into labor while I was watching Wheel of Fortune. I wonder if that is why I get a stomach ache every time I see Pat Sajak at a Capitals game???

Back to Halloween. CUP was dressed as a witch (a non-gender specific witch). He was so cute! We lived in Chicago at the time, near Midway Airport. The houses there are all pretty tiny and very close together, a great place for little guys (and their very pregnant mommies) to trick-or-treat because there is only about 5-10 feet between the houses, so not too far to walk. All of the front doors open directly into the living rooms of those old Chicago homes. Every house that we went to that had a dog, CUPPIE (as he was called then), would go right in to pet the dog! His favorite, by far, though, were the houses that had their television on. He would push right past the person opening the door and say, "CUPPIE watch TV!". Our neighborhood was mostly older folks, who thought he was the cutest thing ever, so it was fun.


Denise said...

You're the only other person I know whose pregnancy was allowed to go that long. Crazy!

CUPPIE - so cute!

Mom of 7 said...

I know, I've never met anyone who had such an idiot doctor, either. If I could go back in time, I would have just refused to leave his office until he induced me!