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Wednesday, November 29, 2006


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Even though I know the final outcome, I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for part 3!

Yaaay, more birth story!

It's fascinating, how different everyone's experience of labor is. I found that my perceived pain level *increased* if I let myself fall asleep between contractions, and lying on either side hurt like blazes (it turned out the reason it hurt was because for me, that was the effective contraction position, while being upright slowed things down, go figure!!).

Don't stop now! You're getting to the best part.

I love hearing about how you were doing Sudoku. That made me laugh out loud.

I'm crying. Why am I crying?
I remember so clearly that dozing-contracting-dozing state. My mom calls it "labor land." You can hear everyone around you, you could answer them if you needed to, but you just don't need to. You need rest.
I cannot wait for installment 3.

Ahhhhhh I want to hear more!!! I can't wait for Part III! Thanks for sharing.

I can't wait to hear part three! I am so glad you found a compassionate nurse.

I want more too! You're going to be so glad you wrote all of this down. It's one of those things that you swear you'll never forget, but the details get hazy reeeally fast. :)

Keep going, you're nearly there. Oh, forgot for a moment that this wasn't that actual labour. Better chage that to keep going, tell us more ;-)

I did the crossword puzzle while in labor! Of course, I did have an epidural, which makes it a little more reasonable.

I am in tears. What a gift you have to recount this story so beautifully!!

Be sure to print this, bind it, and give it to your little girl when she needs it the most!!

love and prayers!

More, more! This is fascinating - I don't know how you managed not to melt down at the hospital when you'd seen blood; even a little is so terrifying. Glad you escaped a c-section; I'm grateful to have had mine (nothing like hearing that heartbeat getting slooooooower and sloooooooooooower) but recovery was not pretty.

Arwen, I was wondering if you could steer me towards some of the research you did regarding your choice to go pain med free - I am starting to think about what my decision will be when I give birth and I have no idea where to start in terms of research or books to read. Any information you could give me would be much appreciated! Thank you so much for sharing your birth story as well - it's really cool to read.

Ahh, doctors.... I could write a book on what I think of doctors...

I never wanted an epidural. Having a big huge needle sticking into my back is just not an image I can handle. I handle pain better than that.

My last was born at home, with a mid-wife. The pain was much more bearable. It was lovely. You find a comfortable position, you relax... you can take a bath if you want, or a shower, you can eat if you want... you can take any position you want... ahh the freedom. I will never go back to a hospital again if I can help it.

Mom here - I just checked the Sudoku she did (I labeled and dated it for a souvenir,)and it was completed perfectly (no surprise to me.) The rational, numerical part of your brain isn't what gets messed up in labor. You just have more trouble using it!

Your writing is so wonderful and while I don't even have a boyfriend let alone a husband or baby, I CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR THE END!

Though, um, I already know what happens. :) Am eagerly awaiting the next installment...

I'm on the edge of my seat - checking daily for the next installment... not that you aren't busy with like, a real life and a baby, or something like that...

Thanks for posting Arwen's mom! I am so impressed, not only that you were doing Sudoku, but that you did it all correctly!! :)


Can't wait to hear the rest!

THANK YOU... I am 38 weeks tomorrow and I cannot tell you how often your blog has just been right on when I needed that "what the heck is around the corner" fix. You write so well and I appreciate the moments of spiritual calm that you bring to the story. I will be a wreck, but you'll be my angel on my shoulder reminding me that we're not going through this alone. Thanks and can't wait to hear the rest!

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