Guy in Childbirth Class: So…do you think my wife could just take a couple Tylenol and be ok through labor?
I wanted to smack him. Partially because earlier he insisted his punctured spleen from a car accident a couple years ago never really hurt.
I have a pretty high pain tolerance.
Translation: I cry only a little when I slowly peel off a band aid.
Real Translation: Because needles freak me out, I won’t let the dentist numb me when filling cavities.
I’m that person nearly passes out at blood draws, and afterwards I feel stupid because I didn’t even feel the needle.
So I decided to last as long as I could drug-free and then assess the drug situation because…
- I was a 9-pound (and however many ounces) baby.
- Boo was a 23-inch long baby.
- Radley was a 9-pound baby.
- Our baby measured in the 70th percentile.
- Except for her head. She’s in the 93rd percentile. Our baby has a big head.
- After Sunday’s false labor contractions for over 12 hours, I almost slammed my head into the wall to knock myself out just so I could get some rest.
My birth plan said…
- Knock me out.
- Wake me up after the baby arrives.
I wish that had been an option. It actually said…
- Drugs: Maybe. Not Tylenol.
After laboring at home for 15-16 hours, I decided it was time to go to the hospital. When I got there, I was 7 centimeters dilated…and every nurse seemed concerned I was about to give birth in the hallway, so I asked for drugs that last an hour, hoping that was all I would need.
That resulted in me telling everyone that I made the staff red velvet cookies, and they should get one from the nurses station.
And after that sweet hour of mild relief with barely any more dilation, I asked for the epidural.
Kiefer: Are you sure you don’t want to try walking around first to see if it speeds things up?
Me: Kiefer…I’m done. I want…the epidural.
When you say someone’s name, they know you mean business.
When the anesthesiologist came in…
Anesthesiologist: How are you doing?
Me: I’m done.
Unfortunately for me, the baby hadn’t come out yet, so I wasn’t actually done.
One epidural and 3 hours later, I was 10 centimeters dilated with a bag of water still in tact. The midwife popped it, and we got the show on the road.
Then I noticed that I could see my legs and stuff in the reflection of the lamp light. I think that’s when my coochie snorcher decided it was done despite the baby still being inside.
After pushing for a bit, they turned down the epidural. After pushing for 4 hours with little progress and a baby suspected to be sunny side up, we discussed other options.
Scout finally arrived after nearly 29 hours of labor. The last 5-10 minutes was extremely unpleasant—I’ll leave it at that.
Her head was too big for my nether regions but not too big for this hat.