Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chapter 2: Deviation to the Birthing Plan + a Giveaway!

Life is a roller coaster.  Having a baby is a roller coaster on hormones.  Both roller coasters can never be planned for accordingly, because you never know what is around the bend.  
 
I learned this seven years ago when our third baby was born.  
 
With my second baby, our daughter, I was blessed to experience a water birth at our local hospital.  It was a heavenly experience (as far as labors go) and I was excited to have the same experience with my third child.  Along with planning my water birth, I again decided I wanted to know the sex of my baby.  With babies, I don’t fly by the seat of my pants.  I need to shop and wash newborn sleepers.  I need to organize and have everything in place well before the baby comes home.  It’s like therapy.  
 
At 18 weeks, the ultrasound technician told us we were having another girl.  By my third trimester, I had stacks of newborn sleepers and new crib bedding.  I redid our daughter’s bedroom for her and her new sister. We had a name (Ella) and a new pink patchwork car seat.  I was fully prepared, with everything in place.  There was nothing to do when my baby came home other than be a mommy.
 
At exactly 37 weeks, I awoke around 1am.  I had terrible pain in my stomach.  The pain was different from labor pains; it was strong and intense.  My labors were quick with my first two munchkins, but they always began with gradual pain which then progressed quickly.  This didn’t feel like labor, more like Samurai knife torture right through the middle of my pregnant gut.
 
 
I tried to walk it off, but it got worse.  I did the three things every pregnant woman is supposed to do when she isn’t sure if the contractions (or gut wrenching knife pain) are real; I walked, drank water and went to the bathroom.  
 
Thirty minutes later I woke my Hubby.  The pain was now excruciating.  My exact words to him were, "I don't think I'm in labor.  But something is wrong.  We have to go to the hospital."

Hubby called our friend to stay with our two sleeping children, and then we called my parents and my midwife.  By the time we were leaving, about ten minutes later (this is 1 hour after my first pain woke me), I could barely stand.  The pain in my stomach was so intense I felt like I was being ripped apart.  There were small breaks for me to breathe, but labor had contractions with minutes in between.  Not seconds.  
 
 
 
The hospital was thirty minutes away.  Hubby drove in silence and I breathed.  About five minutes from our house was a small local hospital.  We were driving past it when Hubby looked over at me in the dark.  "Do you want me to pull in?"

I was silent.  I was in pain.  I couldn't speak.

"Jodie! Do you want me to pull in?"

I whispered yes.  The stabbing pains were agonizing.  As we were about to pull into the parking lot, I had an ounce of relief.  I thought about my midwife, whom I adored.  I thought about my planned water birth.  I began to shake my head, "No...no...keep driving...I can make it...."

"Are you sure?" Hubby hid his panic well.

"Yes. Get on the highway."  Hubby did as I asked.  The highway to the hospital only had exits every few miles, and we were in a rural area.

Only five minutes in, I felt pressure.  I felt the baby's head.  I began to cry. 

Hubby looked at me and he knew we were in trouble.  The highway was black; no one for miles.  I whimpered to him, "You have to call 911. The baby is coming.  You have to call 911."

This is where Hubby amazed me.  There was no hesitation.  I waited for an "Are you serious?" but there was none.  He called 911 and kept his composure. He will never know how much gratitude I felt for his moment of composure.

As Hubby dialed 911, I sat in silence. I breathed.  My water hadn't broken.  I felt pressure, but we had time.  I rocked in my seat, I have time...I have time...  the words soothed me as I said them in my head.

Hubby told the 911 operator he was pulling off exit 12.  Exit 12 was a mile away, and there was a State Police Barracks there.  The operator assured us a police officer would meet us outside.  For the first time since I woke up in pain, I felt like we were going to be alright.
 
But as Hubby pulled off the exit, there was splash of warmth down my legs.  My water broke.  I started to break down, yelling and crying.  I was panicked and afraid.  We were out of time.

Hubby pulled into the State Police Barracks seconds later.  He threw the car in park.  Three things then happened simultaneously; I heard Hubby tell the 911 Operator "There's no one here!  There's no one here!” he ran around to my side of the car, and I threw my seat in recline.  By the time Hubby opened my door I was pushing.  
 
On that cold October night, we were alone and Hubby was ready to deliver our baby.  I most certainly, in all my planning and birth preparations, did not plan for this.

The operator talked Hubby through the mechanics of delivery.  I don't remember any of it except him removing his sweatshirt to wrap our newborn in.  I went from sheer panic and fear, to nothing except my desire to push.  I pushed my baby into this world with such determination I remember nothing other than my focus.

After three pushes our baby was born.  In the front seat of our minivan Hubby caught our baby and untangled the cord from its neck.  I remember relief, just relief from the agonizing, gut wrenching intense pain.  I laid back and relished that moment of relief.  
 
Somewhere through my cloud of what the heck just happened to me? I heard my Hubby, "Holy sh*# Jodie, it's a BOY!" 

I knew I was supposed to be shocked and amazed, but at that moment it could have been a puppy and I wouldn't have cared.  There was so much for me to take in I couldn't absorb it.  Hubby wrapped the tiny precious person in his sweatshirt and placed him in my arms.  I sat in the front seat of my car, in the middle of nowhere, staring at my new baby.  After a few wails to let us know he was alright, he slept quietly in my arms.

Two policemen may have caught the end of my delivery, but I couldn't have cared less about the peep show with all the pain I was in.  An EMT arrived minutes after them and they stayed with us and monitored our vitals.  I just sat, in shock, holding my new munchkin.  My BOY munchkin.

When we were loaded into the ambulance, I was euphoric and eternally grateful as the reality of what just happened began to set in.  At only 5lbs 13oz, born with the cord wrapped around his neck in the front seat of the car, my baby was healthy.

The aftermath of the birth was the front seat of our car being destroyed (ever seen red jello?) and we now had an abundance of baby girl attire to return.  We also had no name for our new baby.  After a night of thinking about our new son and what to name him, Hubby decided we should name him after where he was born.
 
It wasn’t my first choice, but neither was having my son in the car.  I decided it was time to start making concessions.

Looking back, the whole experience is still very surreal.  Aside from my memories and our 911 recording, we have a birth certificate that states "Parking Lot" as place of birth.  We don't have any video other than a few minutes of me holding our son in the front seat of the car.  We don't even have an accurate birth time.  No amount of planning or preparation could have prepared me for how I delivered him, or discovering “she” was a “he.”  
 
Miraculously, even without a prepared bedroom and pre-washed wardrobe, I had a baby.  And he was perfect.  Thanks to grandma, he even went home dressed as a boy in a boy car seat.   
 
Life has a way of surprising us, but it also has a way of making everything work out.  We just need to be ready for surprises and remember to enjoy the ride. 
 

My birthing plan story is Chapter 2 in the MAM Blogger Real Parenting Guide. I encourage you to read other chapters and find out more about all the stuff, like the bottles, pacifiers and teethers that MAM makes to make the job of parenting easier. 

 

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113 comments:

  1. A nurse said rate your pain. I said a 9 when I was 5 centimeters upon admittance. She said 'oh honey that's cute. Get braced for it, you have no idea what's coming."
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  2. https://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/370385746537893889
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  3. don’t remember what i said during labor!

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  4. I screamed after a nurse to bring me drugs please!
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  5. tweet
    https://twitter.com/kellysaver/status/370548309124853761

    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  6. I said "Good thing I had an enema earlier!"

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  7. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/370713645518315521

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  8. i told my husband i was going to stab him because my epideral wasnt working!

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  9. tweet

    https://twitter.com/MeandBells/status/370912610406785024

    vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

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  10. After I delivered the afterbirth, I asked my doctor what the heck it was. I was so embarrassed that I said that.
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

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  11. I broke my tailbone pushing but I thought It was a “toot” and I apologized to the drs and then they told me my tailbone popped and hadn’t passed gas. ha ha

    amypugmire@live.com

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  12. tweet. amypugmire@live.com
    https://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/371163888789647360

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  13. That only a small percentage of woman react to the inducing drug and I happened to be one of them. Wasn't funny then, but I was one of the few who have that kinda reaction.

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  14. https://twitter.com/Michell41017644/status/371353905914839040

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  15. With my oldest son, he came very fast as well, I had felt the head crowning and the nurse was not believing me since the Dr had just checked me minutes before and I was only at a 3, she checks and tells me the head is crowing, well since I was now in full labor I yelled back to her, "No s*@#t lady!!!"
    My husband delivered our son as well, the Dr came in during the process and guided him through it.

    kat_1982us@yahoo.com

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  16. https://twitter.com/kasexton/status/371354335789072384

    kat_1982us@yahoo.com

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  17. My story is very similar to one above. My water broke half way to the hospital and hubby called 911, We stopped at a local fire dept and they loaded me into an ambulance. We made it to the hospital they wheeled me through the ER and into the elevator when I had the urge to push and push I did. As we were just outside my hospital room door a nurse said "if you need to push just push." I calmly said to her "the baby is out" The OB then lifted to sheet which was over me and there was my baby girl on the stretcher :)

    aerojenn@aol.com

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  18. I am sure lots of swear and alien language came out from me at that moment. One thing I remember saying was yelling hubby to stop coaching me breathing.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  19. -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/372581721947897856

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  20. Wow, what a story! I know my mom said she wanted to quit while she was in labor -- she said "I'm done." The doctor just laughed.

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  21. I can't remember much of what I said during labor- but I was shocked when I thought it was a girl and they announced it was a boy! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

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  22. yelling at everyone to shut the hell up and go away lol

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  23. In front of my very Christian mother, I told my very single best friend to "Never, Ever have sex again. This is what happens and it hurts like hell! Promise me you will NEVER have sex again."

    Needless to say my friend was speechless and my mother prayed a lot for her in the coming days. LOL

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  24. I went into labor 6 weeks early, so it wasn't funny but was totally me, the workaholic, who said "I am leaving the hospital, I am going back to work until the baby is ready." (I stayed and he came out the next day)

    actually, for my second, I told jokes the WHOLE time with my doctor and the staff about anything and everything. Wish I remembered what I said. That was a fun night :)

    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

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  25. I definitely told my husband that being in labor was the grossest thing that ever happened to me...

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  26. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/375795445403901953

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  27. The funniest thing wasn't so much what I said, but when my water broke at the hospital in front of my husband, I was laughing so hard at his facial expression and fluid just kept coming harder each time I laughed. I guess you had to be there!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  28. I had to call a friend who had just given birth to see if my water had broken. We laugh about that now.

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  29. I kept asking my hubby if I pooped
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  30. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/377194284891373568
    tina19820115@gmail.com

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  31. The funniest thing I said during labor is that I had just remembered the yogurts I had in the fridge were about to expire and I needed to go home to collect them.

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  32. Tweeted

    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/381063498660200448

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  33. Me to my hubby: "Quick, hide my sandwich." I was not going to listen to the hospital's no food policy so I hid a sub in my hospital bag.
    pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  34. tweeted https://twitter.com/pryfamily5/status/381470065041760256 pryfamily5@gmail.com

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  35. i dont know yet! I AM DUE OCT 31ST WITH MY FIRST BABY! but i am really scared of labor.
    :(
    kadia3 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I said a few curse words I had never uttered before in my life.

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  37. Tweet
    https://twitter.com/clc408/status/381767192607342592

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  38. I was terrified that I was going to have to poop! I farted so loud!! Didn't poop though. :)

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  39. I don't remember anything during my births
    ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  40. The funniest thing my friend said to her hubby during labor is I’m going to kill you when this is over
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  41. https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/381797584945160192
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. My wife said, "Get this doctor out of here. He doesn't know what he is doing!" He has been her OBGYN for years and delivered our first baby.

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  43. telling me to calm down!

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  44. tweet: https://twitter.com/akronugurl/status/381890892803493888 .

    freebiel0ve@yahoo.com

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  45. After giving birth I was so hungry and tired that I said I can eat a whole cow

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  46. https://twitter.com/ElenaIstomina/status/381892940043280384

    elena150980@yahoo.com

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  47. I remember telling my mom, while I was in labor, that can't this just wait till next week. Can we somehow stop the labor. I was not ready yet. My mom laughed.
    brand242003@yahoo.com
    brandy graham (name on rafflecopter)

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  48. LOL–I remember saying “I think I’m pooping…yep, I’m definitely pooping” hehe

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  49. tweeted https://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/382343646890033153

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  50. LOL...my best friend said this to her hubby while in labor, "I hate you and I love you too, so go away...but stay here!" What a confusing message. Obviously, she hated the pain, not her hubby! :) Good that they have a healthy baby girl now.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  51. tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/382957458806673408

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  52. Someone I know said, "Please don't let me poop on the table"

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  53. no deliveries for us yet, and guys dont really talk about this, so I have no idea.

    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

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  54. TWEET TWEET https://twitter.com/MelindaJoy926/status/383589815108644864

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  55. I don't remember saying anything funny during labor. I was pretty drugged up so who knows.

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  56. A nurse threatened to leave me to give birth alone so I said, "fine, but I won't know how to cut the cord."

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  57. that has been too long ago for me to remember!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. i posted a tweet: https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/384090518579208192

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  59. Didn't say anything funny, just a lot of yelling.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  60. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/384236312175202304

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  61. You hear a lot of funny things working in the hospital on labor deck - best was " its like a hurricane" in reference to labor

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  62. https://twitter.com/mermont84/status/384459194541162496

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  63. I was so upset that they were going to have to do an emergency c-section, I said the “f” word and I never never swear. My hubby was so embarrassed, but we laugh about it now.

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  64. https://twitter.com/smilekisses/status/384888337401511936

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  65. I didn’t say anything funny but I looked pretty funny…I was a hot mess walking those hallways and I couldn’t have cared less!
    Shiebs24 at gmail dot com

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  66. I was induced with my daughter and I was lying there in the hospital bed when I heard a huge pop sound from inside. It scared the hell out of me, and I jumped to sit up in the bed and said to the nurse in there "oh my god, either you just opened a pop, or I just popped". She started laughing and came over, sure enough it was me. :)

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  67. "get me a sandwich"! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  68. https://twitter.com/scg00387/status/385968564445802496 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  69. During my first I was asking for other ways to get the baby out that didn't hurt like new procedures :)

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  70. https://twitter.com/eaglesforjack/status/386134519033507840

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  71. My first was early and the doctor thought she wouldn't arrive until mid-morning so they gave me something so I could sleep. She was born just two hours later and while I was supposed to be timing my pains I told the nurse I couldn't stay awake long enough to time them.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  72. As the Dr was reaching for the forceps, my husband whispered "he's getting the salad fork thingies."

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  73. friend said yall had better get him in here right now or else theres going to be an extra person in this room whether yall want there to be or not

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  74. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/386558744500240384

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  75. Not really “funny”, but as soon as my little one came out I asked my husband if she had a lot of hair (bc I had heartburn the entire pregnancy).

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  76. Probably that I was having hot flashes, I was so hot and the nurse had to turn on the fan
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  77. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/386623715301023744

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  78. "You're going to clean that up, right?"

    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  79. My sister demanded chocolate icecream.

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  80. I dont remember saying anything particularly funny in labor, but when our son was born my overzealous husband accidently cut the cord on the wrong side of the clamp because the doc looked away for a second and I remember jokingly telling him the baby was only here for mere seconds and he was already putting him in harms way.

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  81. The only funny thing I remember saying while in labor was that I was never going through this again. And that was while I was in labor with the first of my three sons. I obviously did go through that again.

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  82. It's not really what I said, but what I did with the cool rag my hubby was using to "sooth" me. I didn't want anyone touching me with all of the pain I was in. So I grabbed the rag from him and slapped him with it:)
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  83. tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/386954960442634242
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  84. I don't remember anything funny about it

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  85. While my sister was in Labor with my niece she had advanced quicker than her nurses thought she would and they were telling her to literally “hold the baby in” until the doctor got there… Right before the doctor walked in my sister was yelling “WHERE IS MY DOCTOR? I’M PUSHING AND HAVING THIS BABY WITH OR WITHOUT HER.” It cracked us all up because that is SO unlike my sister.

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  86. All I wanted was a Pepsi & a pizza.

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  87. I don't have any good stories!
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  88. My friend kept telling her husband to leave the room and when he would try and leave the room she would scream at him "How dare you leave me at a time like this?"

    motioncitycutie(at)aol(dot)com

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  89. My husband kept saying "I am sorry baby..." with each contraction...he was panicking

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  90. I remember being told to try to hold the baby in until the doctor got there. Yeah right!

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  91. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/387116825944678400

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  92. I recall when my sister in law Selene grabbed my brother’s hand in labor and screamed: “I want your finger off so you can feel my pain”. She grabbed his hand (with his wedding ring) so hard it swelled up for days.

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  93. https://twitter.com/SkyShyskyk/status/387184589405298688

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  94. My husband kept saying over and over again 'this is taking too long' I wanted him to stop and leave...my labor lasted 30 hours, I think he thought I would be like a pez dispenser!

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  95. I tweeted here:
    https://twitter.com/sufferngal/status/387210507016359939

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  96. My friend told her husband that she hated him because he had done this to her. it was hilarious!

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

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  97. A close friend, after giving birth.. I walked in the room to see the new baby.. as soon as I walked in, I was told "NEVER AGAIN!" lol

    sheabalentine@yahoo.com

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  98. My tweet is here:

    https://twitter.com/SheaBalentine/status/387232737561567234

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  99. During labor? Nothing as I had an emergency c-section so it all went by quickly but I was told over and over that I’d have a small baby. When they pulled her out my midwife was like OMG she’s HUGE!! Was almost 9 lbs

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  100. I don't have any kids and both my mom and my mom-in-law were knocked out to have their kids. I do have a cute story from my mom-in-law though that happened AFTER labor if that can count..hope so! Anyway, the nurse brought my bro-in-law in to see her once she woke up from having him. She didn't want to hold him and stated emphatically that it was not her son because she was still pregnant. They had to talk her into believing that Chris was her son by showing her that the pregnancy belly was gone! LOL
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  101. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/387257931474808832
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  102. My cousin kept saying she wanted an italian sub as soon as possible!

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  103. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/387275110656143360

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  104. When I was in Labor with my first child I was argueing with my husband and nurses that I had to go home because I neede to give the dog a bone, the problem is we didn't even have a dog!!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  105. My wife said she was taking a long vacation by herself!

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  106. https://twitter.com/thomasmurphy40/status/387319185509863424

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  107. No kids. No funny story. I want to win this for my friend's grand daughter and her new baby.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  108. https://twitter.com/slehan/status/387362672770940931

    slehan at juno dot com

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  109. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/bettycd/status/387375179308867584

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  110. I was very occupied with breathing thru contractions; very little talking and can't remember any joking going on

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  111. i remember apologizing for not shaving my legs when my daughter was born years ago.

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