One Born Every Minute
Expect the Unexpected
When my husband and I decided to start a family, we didn't just plan, we over planned. My daughter's conception was timed perfectly so that I would be able to stop teaching at the start of spring break and enjoy maternity leave through the end of the year. I even bought her first Halloween costume based on when I planned on having her, long before she was actually conceived. After tackling conception timing and winning - or so we thought - the delivery seemed like it would be easy to plan.
In reality, my water broke two months early, I drove myself to the hospital in rush hour traffic despite being in active labor, and my daughter arrived long before spring break. As we like to say around here, life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.
Even though it's difficult to plan for the unplanned, I do have advice for moms-to-be heading off to the hospital.
1. Ask for what you need: I wanted ice chips. I needed ice chips. Unfortunately, I had a doctor who was very strict about not allowing me to ingest anything. By the end of the delivery I was vomiting empty stomach or not and boy those ice chips still sounded good. I should have pressed that point!
2. Be okay with what you cannot have: I didn't hold my kids or nurse them when they were born because they were both rushed off to the NICU. It was very hard for me to get past what I thought was a failure in my birth experiences. I wish now that I had been able to just enjoy what I did have instead of focusing on what I did not have. Well...except for those ice chips. I really wanted them!
3. Accept support: When I called my husband to tell him that I think my water broke, he told me that he would leave work immediately. I told him to wait until I got to the hospital to see if I was right and then he could leave work. Thank God he did not listen to me! By the time I got to the hospital, the show was well underway and every moment I had to labor without him was one moment too many. I was so happy when he finally showed up!
4. Laugh: My husband wore scrubs because he showed up at the hospital in a suit. He complained about the hospital chair being uncomfortable. He pointed out while watching the contraction monitor that I was about to be in a lot of pain. Had I not been able to laugh he may have needed his own hospital room by the time we were done. Laughter got us through!
5. Remember it will all be over soon: I don't have pictures of me in labor or even many right after. The entire experiences goes so quickly even though it seems like an eternity. Don't rush it. You're going to blink and find it's time to send them off to kindergarten.
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