Monday, April 13, 2009

The things we do

My sister's baby Edith was due on Saturday and we are still just waiting on her. McKenzie said she had some strong contractions this morning and I keep telling her how much I hope little Edi comes today but deep down inside I can think of nothing worse to wish on my sister. For most women, the day they have their child is possibly the most horrible, disgusting, intense, terrifying, painful and wonderful day of their life. I am hating the thought of doing it again and hoping my sister's ordeal will be easier than her first time around.

All of this labor talk reminded me of a blog post I have read several (and bawled my eyes out) times. Jasmine is a former co-worker of mine and an amazing writer. Her son's delivery might have been more agonizing than that of many other women (including my own) but her words create an almost palpable account of the emotions, physical hardship and, ultimately, the joy of labor. Read it.

4 comments:

mckenzie said...

sorry nothin yet. nice to remind me though of what i'm in for. it's kind of nice to forget. although those contractions jumpstarted the memory pretty quick.

Brooke said...

Thanks for the link. It was a beautiful read.

Melanie Williams said...

Megan - did you attempt a natural birth? It's all about pain control!

I had the epidural early on and it was a wonderful day for me. Really, one of the best days of my life, even with my last minute emergency c-section.

M said...

Melanie-

That is awesome that labor was great for you!

I actually did have an epidural - and early on. There wasn't a lot of pain. The problem for me was pushing - for 3 1/2 hours. I definitely did not experience the pain Jasmine did, but I think I understand the fatigue she felt.

I guess we all have different experiences!