Rocks In My Dryer posted a meme about labor in honor of Labor Day today. I love to talk about my labors. I feel like I earned a badge of courage each time I gave birth to my sweet babies.
How long were your labors?
Kid #1, 8 hours
Kid #2, 6 hours
Kid #3, almost 9 hours
Kid #4, to be determined, IF we have a #4!
Kid #3 could have been born a little sooner, if it hadn't been for my doctor assisting with surgery and putting me off!
How did you know you were in labor?
Kid #1, an IV and a horrible bag with the word Pitocin on it.
Kid #2, same as above.
Kid #3, this time the Pitocin did not bother me too much. I did not feel true pain until the Dr. broke my water. Then I wanted to KILL someone!
Where did you deliver?
With all of them, at a hospital. I am too OCD to try to give birth anywhere other than a hospital!
I had sleepy drugs. I told Ernie that if there is a next time, I will ask for them as soon as my water breaks and not try to go without. An epidural? No way, no how! No one is getting near my back with a needle for a little pain relief. Although when I was in labor with #3 I do recall telling Ernie that I should have asked for an epidural. I'm a scaredy cat, though!
Kid #1 was delivered by Dr. Bowling. Horrible personality and bedside manner. I was too young, naive and broke to go to anyone else. I lived through it, by the grace of God! I wanted to beat the man in the delivery room.
Kid #2 was delivered by Dr. Wilson. I loved him during my pregnancy and delivery, but a couple of years later when I had a miscarriage and needed a D&C, he really did not have the bedside manner that I want in a doctor. Maybe I expected too much, but if I'm paying the bill, I don't want the doctor in and out in 5 minutes!
Kid #3 was delivered by Dr. Lee. He was absolutely wonderful! He had the best bedside manner out of all of the doctors I have ever seen. He always had time for a million questions and never batted an eye when my OCD personality came out and I had a sheet full of questions! I think he's the best doctor out there. If we have any more babies, I definitely plan on using him!
I hope everyone is having a great labor day!