So I have nothing to say about that! I thought I would tell Laina's birth story as best I remember it because the longer time passes, the less I remember it.
I was young and fairly clueless about what labour and delivery would be all about, so the night before she was born, while Adam and I were watching "The Bourne Identity" (on VHS, teehee) I started feeling cramping in my lower back and thought it was just a sore back. When it started coming and going with varying degrees of intensity, I realized I must be having contractions. I started timing them and they weren't regular, so I just went to bed. On and off through the night, I would wake up from the pain of one of the contractions, but mainly I just slept. In the morning, there was bleeding, so I knew it was "Game on!".
We left for the hospital around 8am in the morning, driving there in our Honda Accord hatchback (I wish I had a picture of that, it may have been one of the ugliest cars I have ever owned).
Here is me walking out to the car (please remember, no digital cameras at the time... this is a photograph of a video...)
And yes, thank you for noticing, it DOES look like I shoplifted a basketball and tucked it inside my shirt (okay, who am I kidding, Adam's shirt)
When they checked me out at the hospital, I was 5 cm dilated and the pain wasn't too bad. They broke my water and left me in a room to wait.
It wasn't until about noon that the pain started to increase but it was managable. At around 2, I told the nurse it was no longer managable and I wanted pain meds because I had reached my pain threshold. She snarkily said to me, "I don't think you have." Do you know how badly I wanted to punch that lady's face??
Needless to say, I stayed pain med free right until the end. I started the pushing phase at 2pm and Laina was born at 4:01 pm on July 20th, a mere 10 days after my 23rd birthday. But not until I had endured 3rd degree tearing from vacuum extraction and eventually forcept delivery!
She was a beautiful 9 pounds 4 ounces and 24 inches long. Here she is waving!
and that is it for now! My life changed in a big way that day, it was a tough learning curve at first, but when I look at my big 7 year old now, I can barely believe she was ever this small!