Monday, July 16, 2012

Mary's Homebirth Story: part 1

This is a birth story.  A real story of an actual birth that happened in my home.  My very first homebirth attended by a sweet and kind midwife and a fantastic husband, so if you are looking for something gentle, something innocuous, something...taupe, you've come to the wrong place.  But if you don't mind a little bit of blood and a smattering of words like "tear" and "gush" and "excruciating", then pull up a chair.  Crack open a beer.  It's about to get real up in here.

You already know about my ridiculous abs leading a malpositioned baby which led to days and days of prodromal labor and juvenile whining.  And when I say "malpositioned", I don't mean breech in any sense of that word but rather just...not perfect.  A little diagonal.  Almost anterior.  Still deliverable by this nearly geriatric, stubborn, mom of many, but certainly not ideal. 

So finally, after so many false starts, so many sleepless nights, so much waiting and wondering, it happened.  A little twinge. It was Thursday night.  But the twinge was so much like all the other twinges before it that I didn't know for sure if it was going to be real yet.  So I did what any almost laboring woman does- I spent the evening chattin' it up with my (very real) virtual friends (You know, on the twitter.  And the facebook.).  And there were more twinges, more promises, potentially false, of exciting things to come.

Finally, at around 1 a.m., I figured I'd be all reasonable and stuff and force myself to try and get a little sleep just in case this was finally the real thing.  Look!  Proof!
To be honest, I was 86% sure this was just another false alarm and I was about to let all my prayer warriors down again.  I wanted so badly for it to be real, but was trying so hard to downplay it so I wouldn't get hopes up (mine or anyone else's) just to wake up in the morning with no baby and another terrible night's sleep.

But oh, oh, oh, oh, it really was time after all!  So I got on Spotify and I found this fan-awesome-tastic playlist called Push It: A Playlist for Labor and Deliver.  And I put on make-up and brushed my hair.  And I gyrated around my living room at 3 a.m. And oh my gosh there are dishes in my sink!  I can't have a baby with dishes in my sink! So I started doing the dishes.....


And then it got really real.  Pause and take a breath and lean against the kitchen counter real.  It was 4:40 a.m. and I knew it was finally time to wake up the hubby.

"Psssst!  It's baby day!"

"Really?  Are you sure?"

"Yes, totally sure.  Get up and take a picture before I can't stand still for a picture anymore..."

Because a girl's gotta have her priorities.  I mean, I'd promised photos at the exact intervals that I'd taken them with Cecilia, didn't I?  By golly, I was gonna make that happen!

end part 1

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22 comments :

  1. No. Nonomomonono. Not a serial post. Hurry woman! Vamanos! Vite! Need more!

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    1. I agree!!!!! Need more!!! Remember? I slept through all the Twitter fun!

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  2. Omgosh!! Left me hangin here!! LOL! Dying to read the rest!!!!!

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  3. I'm waiting with baited breath for the next instalment!!

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  4. You look gorgeous in the photo Dwija! Much better than I looked at the beginning of my labor! Can't wait for Part 2!

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  5. I've been waiting for this! Also, everything Cari said.

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  6. You really know how to keep us hanging, don't cha?

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  7. I'll admit it . . . I did crack open a beer.

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  8. Make up, wowzers! I'm jumping on the bandwagon with the rest of these chicks...you left us hanging for sure, get to typing lady!!!

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  9. What!? I'm just warning you, I am at 36 weeks in the middle of the hottest and stickiest summer in the History of the World and I need to hear this birth story now!!!

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  10. "Psssst. It's baby day!" ~ I love that! And seriously woman, you are glowing!

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  11. Ohhh, I'm excited to hear more.

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  12. Such a a funny playlist. Loved it!

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  14. yessss, another epic installment driven birth story. Because only mama's with uno offspring can write it all out in one fell swoop. Also, if that is your labor face, than, well, what hope is there for the rest of us? Hot mama.

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  15. So I cracked my beer and only got to have a sip before... it was ovvveeerr!! I'll put it back in the fridge for part 2. Love birth stories :)

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  16. Read 2 then one and of course, I'm hooked and waiting for 3!

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  17. I love that put on makeup and fixed your hair! ;) Onto part 2.... ??

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  18. Ok, totally behind, but I'm catching up now.
    you look fabulous, by the way.

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