Sunday, August 31, 2008

Labor Meme

I'm playing along with Rocks In My Dryer today with a little labor meme.

How long were your labors?

Daughter #1, 20 hours.
Daughter #2, 2.5 days
Daughter #2 started labor on July 4 and did not decide to come out until July 6. The pains kept coming close, spacing out. I was SO tired by the time she came I was just like, evict her NOW! She's still slow

How did you know you were in labor?
Daughter #1, excruciating pain radiating to my back. I wanted to die.
Daughter #2, excruciating pain, radiating to my back. The pains would come close but not close enough to go to hospital, stay that way for 4-5 hours and then space out. I wanted to die.

Where did you deliver?
Two different teaching hospitals in Chicago.

Well now, here is the rub. With Daughter#1 I wanted drugs becaue I was in so much pain. The nurse said, "Okay, as soon as we break your water." My water hadn't broken and the pains were already off the chart on that monitor thing they hook you up to. It was kind of odd that I was only 4 cm. So they broke my water and I asked for my drugs. BUT... I suddenly felt the urge to push. The nurse came back and said "Oh mommy, we cannot have drugs now because you are now 9 cm and we need to deliver the baby now. " My response? "Who the heck is WE? I want the drugs, NOW!" But no, I could not get them. I was not happy. I tried to jump off the table to choke the drugs out of the nurse but hubby would not let me. I blame the pain for said behavior.

With Daughter #2 I was very tired. I mean really, 2.5 days of dealing wtih labor pains? I wanted drugs. I needed drugs. My precious husband, who was trying to be encouraging, said, "You are strong. You can do this without drugs, just like with daughter #1. " Ummm, that was *not* the right answer. I looked at the doctor and said "I'm tired and in pain. Get me that epidural, NOW!" I meant that in the nicest way :) And I blame the pain for said behavior.


Who delivered?

Both by doctors.
Daughter #1 was delivered by a woman OBGYN.

Daughter #2 was delivered by a male OBGYN that I inherited when his female partner left the practice. I was too far along to go looking for a new practice. He did a good job. He didn't mind when I called him on July 6 and said, "I want her out now. If she's not here in 2 hours, I am coming to your house. I know where you live." I meant that in the nicest way :) I blame the pain for said behavior.

Come play along. Stop by Rocks In My Dryer, leave a comment with a link to your meme post.

Happy Labor Day!


Denise said...

I hate that "no, sorry, it's too late for drugs now" answer. ugh

My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving said...

re: 10 pounders. Yeah my other 2 were 9'12' and 9'10" so they were "small" LOL. And they were the ones who were c-sections. Oh well.


Jill said...

Mari, Thanks for your words on my blog and prayers during this difficult time. Definitely sheds a new light on labor day. That's a pain we have to appreciate and He deserves all the praise we can give once the labor's done.

Ellie said...

yeah. the cow is a pretty attractive little thing, huh? lol! Like your blog a lot!!!!!

Daiquiri said...

I love that..."I know where you live" :) !! HA!

Cole said...

"I know where you live". LOL! I love it!

You can totally blame any behaviour on the pain.

Amy said...

I love "labor" stories! Thanks for sharing both of yours....When my two bloggy buddies visited me Saturday, you know we discussed this topic too.;)

Women can't get enough of "birthing babies.";)

Happy "Labor" Day!
God Bless,

Theresa said...

My twins were 7lbs and 6lbs15oz. I weighed 85lbs when I got pregant and 75 the day after they were delivered by C-Section. Needless to say, my skin has never recovered.

Daiquiri said...

Well, hello again :) I just stopped by to welcome you to the Christian Moms Blog Ring. Happy to have you join us :)

ET @ Titus2:3-5 said...

LOL! I blame the pain, too, girl! And for a lot more than demanding drugs during labour. :)

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I love your story! How exhausting on #2 - that is tough.

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain about the days of labor. Totally been there with my baby #1. And drugs? Yes ma'am! I told my husband to page the anesthesiologist and have him meet me in the parking lot with my epidural for baby #3. Really. Thanks for sharing, be blessed!

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Thank you friend..I wish I had your shoulder to cry on right now...your prayers are cherished.

In His Graces~Pamela

Bonnelle Pagel said...

This was GREAT!
Thank you so much for the laughs... they were needed today!


Audra Krell said...

Hi Mari,
You are cracking me up! I'm laughing out loud. You pretty much have every woman's story....Someone could make a fortune on the Home Epidural Kit, we'd be ever so much more pleasant by the time we arrived at the hospital and guaranteed our drugs!

Shelly W said...

Oh very funny! I liked your "drug stories." Thanks for stopping by my blog today--and for leaving a comment.

Are you in Chicago?? I am too.

Joyful said...

I can relate to Daughter #2. I was 36 hours in labor with my son. NOTHING was progressing and finally my son's heartbeat was stopping. A nurse in my room at the time, pulled the plugs from all my monitors and wheeled me down for an emergency c-section. I was exhausted from the intense labor, then needed recovery from the c-section.

My son was worth it all! Although, he is our one and only. :o)


Beachy Mimi said...

So funny. Not your pain, but you thoughts and reflections.

Kama said...

Very funny!! I'm so glad I found this Labor Day event hosted by Rocks in My Dryer! I am due in exactly 4 weeks, so I'm glad to read all these labor stories! :) Thanks for sharing!!

Beachy Mimi said...

Hey Mari! You won one of the giftcards over at Beachy Mimi!