Every now and then, and especially after blogging about my birth story, people will ask how I feel about the whole “birthing thing.”
Was it painful? Did it hurt? Were you in just pure agony?
Well, Yes. It was painful. It did hurt. Agony? No. In fact, I loved it. I loved every minute of it. Every 29 hours of it.
When people ask how I feel about the whole “birthing thing,” I tell them…
I can’t wait to do it all over again.
Now, I understand how crazy that sounds. Not your “normal” response after just pushing a small cantaloupe out your hoo-haw. Maybe I’m just a glutton for punishment, or maybe it’s all those hormones flying around. I don’t know. All I do know is birth can actually be a positive experience. Just bear with me here…
Birth feels like that moment when you reach the top of a mountain.
Not a cloud in the sky.
You’ve decided today would be a beautiful day for a hike… or you’re just feeling a little guilty about those cookies you indulged last night. Either way, you feel really good about your responsible, adult decision to go for a hike. On second thought, you just washed your hair and now way too concerned about the sweat that will frizz up your hair.
But you go anyway.
You’ve hit that first steep climb at the bottom of the hill and start to convince yourself maybe you should just turn back now. But you keep on going. You’ve reached about halfway and at this point the sweat is in your eyes and it’s just not all that glamorous. Your legs start to do that baby giraffe wobble. You’re not really sure what’s happening, but your trainer tells you that's normal. You keep going because in the back of your mind, you know you’ll be proud of yourself if you finish…and the view should be nice. So you keep on trekking. There goes that $40 blow out. And then with everything you’ve got, you finally reach the top.
The breeze finally unveils itself.
You did it. And the view is more glorious than you ever could have imagined. And you think…yeah it wasn’t that bad. I could do that again.
So you come back next week.
Thats what labor was like for me. And that’s why I can’t wait to do it again.