I'm sitting around just after finishing up two simultaneous fantasy football drafts and I thought this looked fun. In honor of "Labor" Day I'm participating in a meme that Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer posted. Join in if you're interested....
How long were your labors?
Kid #1, Nonexistent. She was a c-section 10 days early because she was breech and I had low amniotic fluid
Kid #2, Hmmm...when to start counting? Long early labor, but contractions were never further than 10 minutes apart and end up getting almost 2 minutes apart for awhile. Once active labor start it was three hours from 3 cm - 10 cm.How did you know you were in labor?
Kid #1, Didn't. I had so many Braxton Hicks with her, but never the real thing.
Kid #2, I was so nervous that it was false labor (it was a week before my due date) and I was afraid that I have my mom drive four hours for nothing. Thankfully it was the GROSS TOO MUCH INFO COMING UP PERHAPS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT bloody show early on into my early labor that was the clear sign that things were progressing.
Where did you deliver?
At the same hospital with both. I had hoped and planned for a birthing center with my first and then VBAC's required hospital supervision as well.
Kid #1, Spinal Block - very freaky - I felt a shock/tingle all the way down to my toes. But it was fine - no issues
Kid #2, I got something the night before to help me sleep (didn't) through the second night of early labor. Nothing after that...
Kid #1 was due to being quite comfortable in her breech position. We went to the hospital 10 days early to try an "external cephalic version" where the docs would attempt to turn her. My amniotic fluid was too low to try and they figured, "what the heck", let's do the section now. I actually walked down the hall and hopped onto the operating table (as much as a nine month pregnant woman can hop). Kind of caught me off guard!
Who delivered them?
I have no idea the name of the operating doctor. Was not impressed by his bedside/table sides manner. I had the same midwife with me for both kids - just by chance, I go to a practice of at least five midwives and she was on call each time. She was not the midwife I would have chosen from our prenatal appointments, but she came through in the big moment and was really supportive.
Have a happy Labor Day!