Monday, September 1, 2008

In honor of Labor Day....

I found this fun meme on Rocks in my Dryer and thought I'd play along....Labor Day seems like a good enough day to reminisce about both of my labors (and I'm also finally realizing after reading some of the other ladies' labor stories how blessed I was to only have to go through 2 labors and come out with 4 kids in the end!)

How long were your labors?

Cole and Bella (kids #1 and #2) - I had several bouts of pre-term labor prior to actual real labor but thankfully the dr's were able to stop the PTL until 32 weeks when my water broke suddenly (after being home from the hospital a measly 7 hours after 8 days on hospital bedrest). I was in actual labor at that point for about 2 hours. I dilated from 0 to 2 cm in a matter of 1 hour and I literally thought I was going to die. I think I even begged Tim to slit my wrists. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those moms who can do the whole natural childbirth thing without meds.

Garrett and Landon (kids #3 and #4) - No actual real labor with these little guys but had several bouts of PTL again. The dr did an emergency c-section at 34 weeks when an ultrasound showed there was a problem with the blood flow in Garrett's umbilical cord.

How did you know you were in labor?

Cole and Bella - my water broke and I knew that it was the real thing!
Garrett and Landon - I never actually went into real labor mode with them, just lots and lots of false alarms.

Where did you deliver?

At the hospital

Drugs?

Oh, heck yeah! I'm a total wimp when it comes to any amount of pain. Even though I wanted any drugs they'd give me, I was scared to death about the epidural until a good friend of mine reminded me that for every IVF cycle I did, I stuck a 22-gauge needle in my buttcheeks every single night. So the epidural should be a piece of cake and it was.

With Garrett and Landon, the anesthesiologist tried 3 different times to do the epidural and then tried to do a spinal tap and couldn't seem to get the right spot so they had to put me under with general anesthesia (huge huge huge bummer for me!!) I still get sad when I think of how I missed hearing their first cries, seeing them immediately after birth...it was such a big disappointment. But their safety was more important and I was just thankful that they were both born healthy.

C-section?

Yup, both times. I'm one of those wierd people who actually did NOT want a vaginal delivery. I had seen two good friends deliver vaginally and watched the pain they endured and I just did not think I could handle it. I much preferred to go under the knife and have my gut ripped open...go figure. I lucked out with twin pregnancy #1 because Cole was breech and Bella was transverse so the dr automatically said "c-section" and I wanted to kiss him. With twin pregnancy #2, it was a given because my dr didn't feel good about a VBAC with twins after already having another set of twins. Thank God!

My recovery from c-section #1 actually wasn't that bad for some reason. I was up and walking around within 24 hours. Recovery from c-section #2 was much harder.

Who delivered?

The OB's at the hospital. I was really bummed with the first c-section because I adored my dr but he wasn't on call the night I went into labor so I got the on-call OB, who was really nice but I would've felt more comfortable with my own OB. With c-section #2, it just so happened that my former OB was the OB on call that day so he did get to deliver at least 2 of my kids!!

4 comments:

Joy said...

Interesting, thanks for sharing. I may have to do this one even though I already posted for today :)

Elizabeth said...

Oh ya - I had drugs with my eldest & youngest, but the middle child came so quickly that I didn't have time - was only in labor 1 hour with her after my water broke! Talk about pain - I'd have voted for the C-section too at that poing! :-) Love the post - I always think it's neat reading about the experiences of my blogging friends!

Nina said...

Great post! I was blessed with both my boys. I had fast easy labors. My water broke both times so there was no question rather I was in labor or not. I did however insist on drugs. I almost didn't get them with the second child because he came so fast.

Tabbatha Rose said...

Great share!! With each of my girls it was uneventful but with the twins...its was a rollercoaster ride from you know where.
Barely made it to the hosp, baby A born in the wheelchair and baby b stuck footling breech...no doctor in sight. The nurses had to take care of everything no thanks to the ER that didnt warm my Dr I was on the way.
I wish I saw this post yesterday so I could have joined in the share.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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