So…are you sick of hearing about the impending birth of the twins yet?
It’s okay. I wouldn’t blame you a bit if you tuned out until they actually show up, at which point you can ooooh and aaaah over their identical (we’re pretty sure) adorable, wrinkly little red faces…and prepare yourself to hear about every breath, bowel movement, and burp they take/make/do from here ‘til kingdom come.
But at least wait until after today before you zone out, please.
Because, today, we’re talking labor and pregnancy, and I’ve found that there are few things that women like to discuss more than the way their various children managed to make their ways into the world…and there are few things I like to hear about more.
I don’t know why it is exactly that we women have this universal preoccupation with the concept of pushing children out of our bodies (or having them cut out, as the case may be), considering that, when you read the last 20 words in this sentence, it seems like something you’d never want to talk about again…ever…
But we do.
So, here we go with 5 Things Thursday, the Labor (and pregnancy) Edition.
Although only my last two were delivered at home with a midwife, I have yet to experience the magical, numbing properties of the epidural. I will be foregoing said magical properties again when I (hopefully) have my twins at home, with the same midwife I used for Simon and Della.
I have my reasons, but I’m okay with your thinking I’m a loony for purposefully experiencing pain when I could do without it. I sometimes think the same thing.
I have yet to bring a child into the world in under 24 hours.
Yes, I start the countdown from the first contraction that I deem to be “real.”
No, I’m not in horrible (physical) pain the entire time. In fact, my hard labors (the part of labor where you can’t think about anything else but when the next contraction will come and how to make it hurt as little as possible) have all been right at 5 hours (which my midwife informs me is short…yay).
I will say, though, that the process of contracting (and contracting and contracting) for 44 hours (1st child), 28 hours (2nd child), and 32 hours (3rd child) is a bit hard on one’s mental stamina and emotional forbearance.
(You become fairly convinced that the stubborn little critter is never coming out).
This is me, finishing up recovering Adelaide’s car seat during about hour #26 or so of (maddening) stalled labor.
P.S. I should add that I’ve never gone into labor before 5 PM, which means at least one sleepless night before I actually get to hold my babies.
I have never thrown up during pregnancy…due to pregnancy.
Meaning: I have had stomach bugs (usually late in the pregnancy), but I have never upchucked from pure, hormonal nausea (neither have I had this reaction yet during labor).
Feel free to hate me.
I have been informed (by a man) that I was “made to have babies,” and told that surrogate mothers make upwards of $40,000 per child delivered to another women’s eager, waiting arms.
Um…thanks, dude, but I think I’ll keep my kids, if you don’t mind.
I have been terrified at various points in my various pregnancies at the prospect of natural labor every single time, except this one.
Despite all the what-ifs and potential complications that come along with delivering twins, I have experienced a supernatural level of peace about the prospect of ours entering the world (Thank you, Jesus!).
Sure, if I think about the actual delivery process too much, I start to get a little skeeved out, but nothing like the blind, stare-at-the-ceiling-in-the-dark-in-bed-at-night-wondering-what-in-the-world-I’ve-gotten-myself-into (again) panic that I’ve experienced at least briefly with all three other kids.
And now for the fun part.
If you feel so inclined, you can share your 5 (or however many) things that make your pregnancy(ies) and labor(s)
unique in the comments section.
And THEN…just for fun, using the background information (including the fact that I am currently 37 weeks pregnant) I’ve given you as a guide, if you WANT, you can guess:
1) When the twins will come (day and time)
2) How long it will take them to do it
After they’re here, I will go back through the guesses, and whoever is the closest all around will win a fun prize (to be determined).
Ready, steady, GO!