Now we're done scaring the soon-to-be first time mums with our labour horror stories, how bout we coax them back with the best bits of labour? No poo/vomit/tears/threatening the midwives stories please.
Ringing my little sister (aged 18) at 2am to tell her I'd gone into labour and could she find mum's number for me? She actually squealed down the phone at me.
I remember sitting on my birthing ball at home, wearing nothing but a toga made of an old bed sheet, eating Rice Krispies and chatting to my mum down the phone, and her telling me about my birth.
Also, touching LO's head, just as he was crowning, whilst holding my OH's hand. Even though I have no recollection of seeing or holding him for the first time, this will stay with me forever. That soft, furry little head.
DS2 being placed on my chest during calm ELCS 3 weeks ago today!
With DS1 it was an EMCS after a long failed labour and I was too out of it to feel the impact of meeting him, although I fell in love over the next few days.
With DS2 I was rested and ready and it felt like being hit over the head with a love mallet the instant I saw his tiny face. He's curled up on my chest now after a feed. It's the best feeling in the world.
I had an emergency CS as DS turned out to be breech, so:
The feeling of the spinal block working! Heaven! DH holding my hand and giving me constant eye contact & feeling so much love for him. DH laughing as DS was lifted out (because of the size of his big red swollen balls! That first cry Snuggling skin-on-skin with DS in the recovery ward, and being left alone to bond with DH & DS to bond. The tea and toast afterwards!
My DP snapping into action and being the most perfect birthing partner. Being aware of the midwives sat chatting together drinking tea because 'we had it so under control there is nothing for us to do!' that gave me added confidence to go with the pain. Seeing my baby float up through the water, seeing his beautiful big brown eyes for the first time. Being allowed to stay in the pool for half an hour holding the baby against me and seeing him suckle for the first time. My DP's phone call to his mum, he didn't even say hi, he just managed to get the words out 'it's a boy' and then they both just cried down the phone to each other neither being able to say another word!