Saturday, January 27, 2007

She's Here!

Little One is here! She decided she would make up her own mind and started on her way out the day before I was to be induced. I went into labor at 4:00 pm and has her at 5:05 am January 26. Here are some things I learned at the hospital:

-IVs aren't as bad as I thought they would be.
-Contractions HURT in a way I find impossible to describe.
-Throwing up every time you have a contraction sucks.
-Epidurals ROCK.
-It feels really weird when the epidural medicine goes up your spine.
-Catheters aren't as bad as I thought they were either.
-You lose all modesty while in labor. Seriously, I think half the people in the hospital saw my cooch or my ass and I DID-NOT-CARE.
-Pitocen brings on some insane contractions that I firmly believe would have killed me if I hadn't had an epidural.
-Pushing the baby out isn't the worst part of labor.
-Stitches on your cooch suck.

I still can't quite believe that my baby is HERE. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up and still be pregnant. Daddy is doing a great job, though I think he's still a little nervous about the baby chores like changing diapers and clothes. He is going to be a natural I think. All in all this mommy business is pretty damn cool. Birthing a child is a very satisfying experience. I finally feel like I have done something useful with my life.

Also there is a little part of me that can't quite believe they let me actually go home with her. I've never done this before! Shouldn't there be some kind of qualifications or prerequisites or SOMETHING? They just let ANYBODY have babies and take them home. I guess they figure we will just figure things out on our own. It is a bit terrifying.