I haven’t participated in a meme in a long time! This one is especially appropriate for me, as both times I was in labor it was actually Labor Day. It’s my husband’s favorite joke and his only accurate contribution to the re-telling of my birth stories. I saw this over on The Diaper Diaries, who is currently in what is called “I’m So Sick of People Asking Me When I’m Having This Baby” stage; soon to be followed by the “Time is Standing Still” stage.
Play along if you’d like!
How long were your labors?
A.P.: 23.5 hours.
Maybelle: 12 hours. To some people that seems awful, but in comparison I felt like it zipped right along.
How did you know you were in labor?
A.P.: water broke at 2:00 AM.
Maybelle: water broke at 1:00 AM.
Both times I was dialated to a big fat ZERO, and needed scary amounts of Pitocin to get anything going.
Where did you deliver?
Both are Butterworth babies. It’s a huge hospital with a NICU which I didn’t need but wanted to be there ‘just in case’.
Oh Lord yes. I think if the labors were shorter and didn’t require artificially induced contractions I could have done it without though. I tried to hold out with A.P., but with Maybelle I wouldn’t even sign the admission papers until I had met with the Epidural Lady. Sadly, the only part of me that was still numb at the time of the actual delivery was my left leg, which stayed numb for 7 hours and got me quite a few follow up visits from the Epidural People because I couldn’t walk.
Nope, but with A.P. it was close because he was almost at the 24 hour mark after my water broke.
My regular OB, but with Maybelle there was some medical student hanging around who, seconds before I began pushing asked me “which way my first baby’s head was facing when he was born?” I told her the guy who delivered him was standing next to her and could I please just push now.