I thought I'd join in the fun of adding the two birth stories I have under my belt to Grace's little birthing party. Keeping true to the order that my boys arrived, I will start with Mikey.
I was 10 days overdue when Mikey was scheduled to arrive. For those of you who can't do the math, that is literally 41 and a half weeks preggers. It was a miracle that I could walk without having to resort to all fours. On the morning of his scheduled induction, October 2nd, 2009, I was checked in at 7am. By 7:30am they had me set up in my bed and checked to see my progress before beginning the Pitocin; I was already 5cm! Wahoo! This is crazy because this meant that I had been walking around half way to the finish line for at least a week. It was a really surreal feeling, going into a scheduled induction, knowing that you're going in pregnant, and then that you will have your baby (hopefully), by the end of that day.
Around 8am they started my induction, and I watched "Saved by the Bell- The College Years" which was apparently having a marathon, for about 2 or 3 hours on their TV. I thought this was really lucky as I am an avid fan of the show from childhood, but who isn't, am I right?
I also napped on and off. I know how ridiculous this sounds, but it's true, it just wasn't that painful, yet. When I was check again, I was 8cm and offered an epidural. It really didn't hurt that much at that point, so I continued to wait and see how it went.
Probably 30 minutes later, my doctor decided to break my water. It was just one.hot.minute later that I was close to saying words I rarely ever utter, and demanding that epidural that I was previously offered. Once I received my epidural, I went quickly from 8 to 10cm, around 20 minutes, and was then ready to push.
I had minimal feeling/pain. I will call it uncomfortable, but seriously not a big deal. Nothing like the contractions before the epidural. After 25 minutes of pushing, Michael Joseph Hadro was born! He was 8lbs 12oz and 22inches long. A big, happy boy, and I swear he smiled when they put him down on the table to measure him for the first time; the nurses even said so!
So Mikey, really, truly was an EASY, 9 hours total, no complication birth story. (Somewhat different than how is "life story" is now, but I digress).
If this story seems boring and weird and somewhat similar to the births that they show on television, the ones where the baby is born as a 3 month old and the mom says it's just uncomfortable, and her hair and makeup are still perfectly intact afterwards, that's because that is seriously how it went down. Not at all how I pictured my first birth, especially because it was an induction, but I know I was so blessed and lucky to have this as my first birth experience.
Charlie's was completely different than Mikey's. COMPLETELY. I will try to post his ASAP as to not lose all the interest I am sure this has drawn up ...