I HEART EPIDURALS.
once i said GIVEMEMYEPIDURALNOWPLEASE (and when it was time to get it) the anesthesiologist came in and asked me a few questions and then got to work on my spine (OUCH.) and i got the epidural even though we didn’t watch the video we were supposed to before you go in. oops. hope no one from cox is reading this…
those things are AMAZING, folks.
i thought delivery was going to be uber painful, especially the pushing part.
honestly i felt no pain as i pushed a human out of my body.
you do think (well, i did and possibly those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of labor & delivery yet) it’s going to be this horrible, agonizing thing where you are screaming at/smacking your husband, yelling at the top of your lungs and covered in sweat writhing all over the place.
(at least not for me… hey, everyone is different).
because of the lovely epidural, i felt nothing down there as i pushed. no pain.
which does make it a wee bit hard when you are asked to push and you are not really sure how to push, when you can’t feel it!
as i was pushing, our sweet nurse hannah held my left leg and geoff held my right. i used a mirror so that i could see what was happening and it helped a ton to encourage me to keep on, when i felt like my head might explode.
you know how epidurals make your torso-down completely NUMB?
wellll, hannah went to check one of the monitors and set my left leg down on the table…
before i knew it, WHOMP.
my numb leg fell off the table.
can’t lift mah leg back up people…
we all started laughing so hard. it was the perfect funny moment during labor.
they slowed me down a bit at one point because the lovely & amazing dr. mccall was delivering another baby. i was pushing every other contraction and not very hard.
finally, dr. mccall came in and within 2 pushes, our little girl’s head was out.
one more and she was completely birthed. out. no longer inside me.
i will never ever forget the way i felt in that exact moment.
(and i am so grateful to the sweet, nameless nurse who took our camera and offered to take pictures of the whole thing.)
there is nothing that compares to the moment when you see, for the first time, the little person who you have talked to, prayed over, and loved so deeply for so long.
“it was you. it was you all along.”
she was here, right here.
it was surreal and unbelieveably extraordinary.
it all became real in a single moment. and she was ours. all ours.
it was 3:32 pm on may 26 and she had arrived.
then for the second best part – getting to share it with our family.