Monday, September 1, 2008
I visited Rocks in My Dryer today and thought this meme was fun! Join in; I'd love to hear your data!
How long were your labors?
Kid #1, 5 1/2 hours.
Kid #2, 7 hours.
Kid #3, 10 hours.
How did you know you were in labor?
Kid #1, Pitocin IV.
Kid #2, Pitocin IV.
Kid #3, Pitocin IV.
Obviously, I never went into labor on my own. I'm convinced that I would still be carrying around the last one if I hadn't begged my doctor to do something.
Where did you deliver?
The first two were born in the same hospital, same room, same day of the week, same time.
The last was born in a very large hospital room in a nice, new hospital. He was weighed, bathed, checked out and all in my same room. He never left us. Except for the one time that I just had to catch a little snooze, and I was afraid the hubby would doze and someone would come in and take my baby out of my arms.
Well, and there was that other time that he left...you know...it involved his little personal area (sorry, Sweetie...).
Most definitely. Yes. Although I did consider not having the epidural with my first. Until the contractions started. I was a pretty calm patient. No yelling, screaming. No ugly language. But my nurse, an older woman at the end of her shift, did drop this little question that has stuck with me for the past 12 years. She asked, "Did someone tell you this wasn't gonna' hurt?"
My second was "sunny-side up". Back labor. No question about the epi.
Contractions were pretty reasonble with my boy for a very long time. In fact, when the nurse gave me something before the epi, I really didn't think I needed it.
I got the epidural soon enough...soon enough for it to start to wear off before his birth. They fixed it or upped it or whatever they had to do, but by the time that he was almost here, the epi started wearing off only on one half of my belly. Enough that I could REALLY feel it. The staff finally told my mom that there was nothing else they could do for fear of parlyzing my lungs, so we'd just have to go with it.
A little later, as I was pushing and they were assuring me that if the doctor didn't get there in time they could deliver this baby no problemo, one of the nurses said, "Oh, man! Maybe if we turn the pitocin down, she won't feel those contractions as hard." That's kinda' funny. Now.
No. And I have to thank my doctor who was wonderful with all three because while I was in labor with the first one, the nurse (you know, the friendly one) took my mom into the hallway and told her that there was no way I was going to be able to deliver the normal way. She was head down, but apparently her head was turned in a funny way. My doctor, though, was able to turn her little head so that it all worked out for me.
Third one, the doctor told me that he wasn't decending, and there was a strong liklihood that I'd have to have a c-section. But I had an amazing nurse with the little guy, and she showed me how to rock and move in ways that got him moving south. Would never want to do those things out in public, however.
The same sweet, quiet doctor. He's great. A little bit of an underestimator on the weight, but great otherwise.
Weight of Babies At Birth?
Okay, I added this one. Because I think I should get a prize. In fact, I was a little surprised when the staff didn't bring it to me before I left the hospital.
#1 7 1b., 7 oz.
#2 9 lb., 8 oz.
#3 10 lb., 2 oz.
Did you read that part about no c-section? That trophy should be here any day now, don't ya' think?
I want to read your story!
Posted by mamatutwo at 12:18 PM