I had the typical “False alarm; go back home” that you hear about.
You might think it horribly dramatic of me if I shared that I spent a whole weekend contracting, but honestly, I have such positive memories of those 3 days!!
I will cherish the memory of my beautiful husband, protectively following me around the house that weekend and reading an entire novel outloud to me to help give me something else to focus on in between contractions.
I remember worrying about trying to eat something to keep my strength up, but honestly, I just couldn’t eat anything…except take-out wonton soup!
I had bought one of those enormous exercise balls to use as a chair b/c my sciatic nerve had been acting up in the last trimester…I called it “Big Blue, my Egg” and wherever I went in the house, it went. Very helpful. You should have seen the looks we got the first time we showed up at the hospital, loaded down with pillows, luggage, and Big Blue!
Prior to the 8th month or so, I had been adamant about no drugs, etc. Then I had an accident which had serious ramifications for delivery. It was a very quick & effective way of knocking me down a peg or two (literally) and helping me surrender my control. That sounds like the opposite of what you might read on pregnancy boards, etc., which encourage you to think of and plan for every possible part of what you want.
I believe it was God’s way of helping me have faith & trust in Him, and in His Blessed Mother, but also encouraging me to trust in the competence and experience of the professionals who helped me along that weekend. You can’t plan for everything, and something you’re absolutely sure you want ends up being a trivial part of the actual event, and vice versa.
So, I couldn’t have predicted all the unexpecteds along the way, but afterwards, I still felt like Superwoman!–epidural and all.
So many more…can’t believe it was almost a year ago…ah, well…
I look forward to reading the other stories/memories.
Just think, Abby–soon you’ll have your own stories to share!
Oh yeah–the jacuzzi was awesome!