Just for fun, I’m playing along with Shannon from one of my favorite blogs. Three cheers for the real “laborers” as we celebrate Labor Day!
How long were your labors?
Kid #1: 10 hours, including 2 hours of pushing and a subsequent c-section at 4:45 a.m. Don’t remember much about the next two weeks after that.
Kid #2: 12 hours. Walked around the waiting room of UIHC ophthalmology department for a few hours (at 3 a.m.) while Michael dictated his charts and I waited to dilate enough to get the drugs.
Kid #3: 6 hours and 4 pushes
How did you know you were in labor?
Kid #1: increasingly painful and mind-numbing contractions
Kid #2: hard contraction woke me up, then I was bleeding
Kid #3: contractions that were more and more frequent, but not painful until an hour after I arrived at L&D
Where did you deliver?
Two teaching hospitals and a “regular” hospital.
Are you kidding me?!?! Absolutely, and as soon as I could get them! Someone told me during pregnancy #1 that the only kind of childbirth that is not “natural” is one where they pull the baby out of your nose.
Yes, with Kid #1. After two hours of pushing, she wasn’t moving down, my heartrate was going up, and hers was going down. I was very, very fortunate to have 2 subsequent VBACs. With Kid #3, my OB-Gyn was the only one in our area who would still allow them.
Three different OB-Gyns: Houston, Iowa City, and Fort Worth. Kid #3 was the only one actually delivered by my doctor. The other two left for vacation the day before I went into labor.
Happy Labor Day to all! And very happy get-the-Labor-going-Day wishes to my SIL, who is now officially at full-term. We’re ready to meet baby Jackson!