I know, sometimes blogs seem so self-centered. I try not to always be writing about me. But, today, I am.
How long were your labors?
#1 - 9hours, 15 minutes of pushing
#2 - 1.5 hours, cough, didn't push, cough*.
#3 - 3 hours, 3 pushes. That's poetic.
*This child came out of me with the water when the midwife donned the big crochet needle (props to Missy). It was Ava's very first waterslide. And, really, I did not push. I SCREAMED, oh yes I screamed. But didn't push.
**Please, don't hate me for this. Trust me. My close friends know that along with babies leaving your body this fast, come consequences. Ahem.
How did you know you were in labor?
#1 - Water breaking
#2 - 10 minutes of mild contractions followed by sudden STRONG contractions that sent me to the hospital quick. (See above for how quick)
#3 - After doing the "bumping down the stairs"* maneuver earlier in the evening, at midnight I was awakened by my water breaking.
*This maneuver is pretty self-explanatory. My brother, a doctor, suggested we go on a bumpy car ride to get things shaking. Matt said, "Why don't you just bump down the stairs on your rear. Won't that do the same thing?"
So, like a crazy chica(and you all know that any miserable, huge, dying-for-labor-pains-mama-to-be IS indeed a crazy chica), I bumped down the stairs on my bum.
In front of my father-in-law.
Hey, don't laugh. It WORKED!
I will show you my technique some time if you ask me to.
Where did you deliver?
#1 - North Memorial
#2, 3 - Methodist
But don't get me wrong. I am NOT one of those militant no-drugs mamas. I am thankful that I was able to have natural births, I did want it that way.
And, yeah, the fact that I had torpedo babies helped me out just a wee bit.
But if I had any longer, more difficult births, I would have been all over that epidural.
A doctor for #1, midwives for #2,3.
Shhh... my family thinks I'm napping...