Love and War
For all of you that have long drawn-out labors. I feel for you. However, quick labors can also be scary especially when your birthing plan involves drugs and you don't have a plan b.
9:36 PM Monday water breaks
Contractions start immediately and are HARD and close together
10:30 PM Get Marley to friend's house
11:00 PM Get to hospital check in get in room
12:28 Jake is born
I like to think that I handled Marley's birth pretty well. My nurses both came to see my afterward so I couldn't have been too annoying :)
This time was an embarrassingly different story. I hope I never see those nurses again.
First of all I come in to OB Triage sobbing and wearing drenched pants.
I was also a bit vocal. Ok, I was a screamer to the point I was hoarse after delivery. No, I did not scream profanities. I may have said the "s" word under my breath once.
I do remember yelling,
"Owie, Owie, Owies". (Maybe I hang-out with a 2 year old too much)
"I'm NOT handling this!!" (duh).
"Please make it stop"
"I don't want to deliver tonight"
I also remember begging for drugs. I honestly believe it was my persistence, though, that got me those drugs.
Later I was told that the doctor said that she had never seen such a calm husband in delivery. Thank goodness I have Jared.
Well, I got my epidural and had to push immediately following. I could feel NOTHING. No pressure - nothing. So, I had no idea where to push.
This is the result
This was taken going on almost day 4. It looks considerably better that it did on day 1. I burst a vessel in my eye.
I saw my reflection in the mirror the following morning and asked what happened. My eyes were swollen and the lids were blue/purple. My face, legs, & feet were puffy. My chest and back were speckled with red dots.
I looked I like had taken a trip down the birthing canal myself!
Apparently I had pushed a little bit too hard in some of the wrong places and had burst little vessels and capillaries all over my body.
Giving birth is quite the experience. I think we're all crazy for going through it more than once. We must really love these little people to willingly go through almost anything to get them here.
I am in love with my baby Jake.
By the way, I took Jake in to the pediatrician today. He took one look at me and asked if my eye situation happened during delivery. When I said, "yes", his reply was "cool".