"Labor" a Mom

WARNING!  WARNING!  Not for men!!  Not for men!!

If you are a man and you are still reading, then don't say I didn't warn you.  I'm warning you again, right now.  If you read after this, it is at your own risk!

I'm not even sure what Labor Day is actually for anymore.  I have always chuckled a little when I hear that men get the day off for Labor Day.  After all, aren't women the one's who do the laboring?

I shall share MY Labor Day war stories!  (If you're a man who is still reading, you really might want to heed that warning now!)

1)  Induced 2wks late because she was being stubborn as we now know she is.  Then, after the epidural stopped working, she decided to be difficult (as we know now she is...) and her heart rate dropped into the 70's and didn't rise again.  I ended up with an emergency c-section.

2)  Induced 2wks late because I have TWO children who take after me and are hard-headed.  This time, though, my amniotic fluid was also decreasing.  I also had decided sometime during the delusional period of this pregnancy that I could do a VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Cesearean) without ANY pain medication.  I don't know WHAT I was thinking!  That HURT!  And I ended up with a 2nd c-section anyway.  Go figure.

3)  I got smart and didn't give my son the chance to be stubborn.  Turns out that was probably a smart move.  He's a very touchy/feely boy who likes to be close to mommy.  He'd have probably stayed in there forever if given a choice.  Instead, we scheduled a c-section on his due-date.  (Figured with the others having been hard-headed and wanting to come late this one might not be fully cooked early.)  Turns out we were right.  He ended up BACK in the hospital 6 days later.  He was our yellow baby.  Jaundice was his middle name.  All is well now, though.

4)  ? Only God knows.  This one's probably still in heaven...or not?

How about you.  What is Labor Day to YOU?  A day off from work?  An excuse to barbecue?  Or a day to reflect on the blessings God gave you?

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