Monday, May 21, 2007

Welcome to the World, Ada Rose!

Statistics:
Born Thursday, May 17th at 4:00pm
Weighs 9lbs
Length 20 in
Ada was my mother's grandmother's name
Rose was my father's grandmother's name
Star Sign: Taurus

My due date was Monday, May 14th, and as I watched it come and go I was able to wax philosophical and figure that this baby would come within a day or two. This relaxed attitude lasted until the next day, when at my doctor's appointment he pronounced that it probably would not happen very soon and that if I hadn't had the baby in the next WEEK to come back for another appointment. What? But this baby needs to be born SOON! To make matters worse, my doctor cavalierly mentioned as I was leaving that he was leaving on vacation the next day for ten days and that Dr. Handaya (I still don't know his name) would actually deliver the baby. What?? But this was the entire reason I had chosen again to go with Dr. Robert: for all he lacks in bedside manner, he was stellar when Emmerson was born. I trusted him completely, and now he tells me, days before this baby was to be born, that he wouldn't even be around? I dealt with this unpleasant news by heading to Plaza Indonesia, eating by myself at Hard Rock Cafe and buying a few fancy Indonesia coffee table books to display at our eventual home in Chicago.

So when I woke up the following morning at 4:00am with a contraction, all I could do was second-guess myself: "But Dr. Robert said I wasn't ready!" After about five hours of steady contractions, however, I figured that maybe he didn't know everything. I called my friend Alison who was vacationing in Vietnam and is a doctor, and she agreed that we should get ourselves to the hospital. Oh, and I should mention that Ian and I have been on a highly organized schedule for the past several weeks, trying to arrange for movers, plane tickets, real estate searching, and a mortgage preapproval. In the pre-dawn hours as I was waiting for Ian to wake up, I figured that I could get something done, so I completed our mortgage application! Between contractions, of course.

Emmerson's nanny came over to take watch her for the day (Thursday was actually Ascension Day- the ascension of Jesus- and was a public holiday so no one had to work). We arrived at the hospital around 11:00am, waited around for a few hours, and then Ada was born at 4:00pm. It was amazing because we were expecting a repeat of Emmerson's birth, which was hours and hours of waiting before anything actually happened. This time around was mercifully quick and relatively stress-free, even with the unknown Dr. Handaya! He actually turned out to be pretty cool, regaling us with stories of eating clam chowder in San Francisco, all the while resting his arm on my propped up knee. A very casual guy, which helped us relax. Although I still thought that Ian could have passed out at any time, but he was a trooper and very helpfully fanned my head while facing towards the wall.

We had a little time with Ada, and then she was whisked away to the baby room for measurement and so that she wouldn't be "dinggin" (cold-- Indonesians are obsessed with the idea that babies and young children need to be bundled to within an inch of their life). By that time it was about 5:00pm, and "American Idol" (the results show-- the one where Melinda was kicked off-- I think she was robbed) was just starting, so we ate our hospital dinners and kicked back for some mindless entertainment. We looked at each other in amazement and deep appreciation for this wonderful experience and thanked God for blessing us in this new and miraculous way.


Here are some shots from Ada's first four days of life:Ada Rose on Shutterfly

Leaving for the Hospital


Reading Oprah while I Wait



Ada and Ian


Doctor Handaya and Nurse








Ada and Me


Sisters. Emmerson has been a great big sister. First thing in the morning she always wants to "go see Baby Ada!" She is very gentle with her and enjoys describing what the baby is doing. She is very observant. While reading the nursery rhyme "Georgie Porgie" this morning, when we got to the part where he "kissed the girls and made them cry", Emmerson commented, "like Baby Ada!"


The Three Duell Girls


First Night Home






Indonesians present these giant floral signs at store openings, weddings, funerals, etc. They are extremely tacky and, in addition to the real thing, are usually adorned with mounds of fake flowers. One of the tackiest aspects of these signs, however, is that who the sign is from is often as big or BIGGER than who the sign is for. Our friends here at school followed this rule of thumb, as you can see! This giant sign is sitting outside our apartment door and gives us a good chuckle every time we see it.

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Anonymous Auntie Alison, Uncle Andrew, big sister Grace and brother Timothy xo said...

Welcome Ada Rose! We're sorry we missed your actual birthday but sounds like your mommy had a much better time of it this time! And no soccer! You're already a sweetie and that hair! - can't wait to get it in a bow! Feed well and sleep well (Grace and Timothy will give you tips!). Lots of love,

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Ada Rose,
Grandpa and Grandma Collin love you and can't wait to see you in person! You are lucky to have such a wonderful mom, dad, and sister Emmerson!
love, Grandma C

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