I seem to be getting all of my writing inspiration from around the interwebs these days, but Kristen's questions were just too hard to resist. In honor of Labor Day, she posted some labor and delivery queries to all the mamas in the room. Such a fun way to commiserate, right?
How long were you in labor with each of your kids?
A: 12 hours, Induction, 1 week late
R: 8 hours, Induction, on her due date
C: 16 hours, Came of his own accord (Thank you Jesus!), 8 days late
M: 8 hours, Induction, nearly 2 weeks late. (seriously?)
How did you know you were in labor?
A, R, M: You know, the ridiculous IVs, cords, monitors, gowns, pokings, proddings, etc. Those kind of gave me a clue as to what was coming.
C: I was having some crampiness, etc. and a dear friend was recording the "periods of discomfort" as they got closer together while we sat in her backyard watching our kids play in the kiddie pools. I think she knew I was in labor before I did!
Where did you deliver?
Los Hospitales...where they keep the epidurals. Not that the epidurals actually work on me. That was always a fun science experiment. Let's play the "how many times can we poke her in the back" game!
Though I did have a doula for the first baby in an attempt to go au naturale, and I think that made a world of difference with the result (read: I didn't end up with a C-Section).
Narrowly escaped that with the first, otherwise, uneventful (albeit occasionally sudden) deliveries.
A: My first OB who was super no-nonsense and a little pushy...get it, pushy? Ha!
R: Nicest OB on the planet who was willing to deliver on Labor Day--induced no less!
C: Dude OB who was not very friendly and told me not nice things about the future of my tired little body.
M: Back-up dude OB who I'd never met. I think I was with him for a grand total of about 11.2 minutes. You know, because the fourth kid just kind of falls out.
How big were your babies?
A: 9 lbs. 11 oz., 23.5 inches
R: 9 lbs. 8 oz., 20.25 inches
C: 9 lbs. 15 oz., 22.5 inches
M: 10 lbs. 5 oz., 22.5 inches
This is insane, no?
What's your favorite/least favorite part of delivery?
Favorite: Hospital food right after--although cardboard would taste amazing after the work of giving birth.
Least Favorite: The hourly interruptions. I mean, I know you gotta check on us, but we just fell asleep!
Any adopted babies in the house?
Not here, but I keep telling the hubby we need to fill in that gap between our kiddos. He doesn't seem to be buying it.