One night I couldn’t sleep because I couldn’t get comfortable, being huge as a tank and all, then the next night I couldn’t sleep because I needed to spend every second of the night watching my new baby girl breathe.
I feel as if I’m a sleepwalker, my hair is disheveled, my clothes a mixture of maternity and regular sizes, my eating erratic, and my sleep schedule is nonexistent. .. and I feel like every second of this discombobulated state of existence I find myself in is a miracle. I keep pinching myself and wondering how it could be that I am, after 20 years, doing this all again. How could it be that I had one child and in a blink of an eye, now I have THREE!
It seems as if this last pregnancy flew by without any pomp and circumstance. Where we were counting down the days that didn’t seem to budge with Dublin’s pregnancy, this last pregnancy flew by. The only part that seemed to drag was the last couple of weeks, during which time if felt as if I would never go into labor. But when I did… boy did I!
If deliveries had a theme, mine would have been Go Go Speed Racer. More than one person in the room commented along the lines of,“OMG, this is happening so fast!”
Some of the memorable comments from the whirlwind birthing session:
The nurse- “Wow, this is you at 8 cm and no drugs?!?” (In response to my laughing at something).
Me- “Yes, this is me… but don’t worry, you’ll see me in pain soon enough. I can totally handle these contractions, but I know that the ones at the end hurt like nobody’s business… so yeah, you’ll see me in extreme pain soon enough….”
20 min’s later….I’m in extreme pain, hearing this:
Scott- “OMG… this is happening fast, this is really happening fast”
Scott- “There’s the head!”
Scott- “OMG… this is happening fast!!”
Midwife- “Get ready to push the body out”
Scott, Midwife, nurse- “OH WOW!!!”
Nurse- “Did you even push?”
Me- “I guess she road the wave out….”
While waiting for my little girl to make her arrival and send me into labor, I felt like such a hypochondriac. I have a history of fast labor, but always got the impression that I mentioned it to the doctors and nurses, they didn’t fully believe me. So when it all happened so fast, like I had been suggesting it might… I felt a HUGE “BOOya!” moment! I felt like a bit of a celebrity, with the way every new nurse greeted me with a, “So, I hear you had a fast labor…” Yes, I am legend!
No drugs, one push, 6lbs 6 oz…. And we welcomed Juniper Audrey into our lives.