Welcome to the Share Your Story event: Childbirth – Your Stories
This post was written as part of the Share Your Story event hosted by Kids in the House. Our contributors have shared their stories, struggles, and wisdom about the unforgettable yet unpredictable event that is childbirth.
I remember thinking there could be nothing as awful as the feeling of knives piercing one’s back, over and over and over again. I turned to my husband in the middle of one of these knifing sessions and moaned “I Can’t do this!” Being the good, supportive husband he responded “Well, what are you going to do? Go hide in the closet?”
I begged for drugs, throwing every last “all natural!” chant out the window. My chants came back to bite me though, for the epidermal failed.
Pain, moans, knives and more knives, pushing, panting, pushing, pushing, pushing. . .
Then, I saw her face. . .
The past hours of misery where immediately washed away. She was scrunched and red: she was perfect. Her head came out a bit pointy–oh, the most beautiful head. Her lungs burst into cries which filled the room and my entire being shook with tears. She was tiny, so very, very tiny. I held her, trembling, terrified I may wound her fragile frame.
We slept, skin to skin, and I realized there would be no greater moment in life.
The nurse took her for a few hours while I slept alone. I was awakened to a baby crying in the hall and immediately jumped up, my heart aching with an intense pain to see her once more. The next moment she was brought in and I fell in love all over again.
Love? I did not know this type of love existed.
I did not understand the intensity, the pain, the ache of love.
She was only a few hours old and I wept thinking of the day she would leave home. I could not imagine ever wanting to do anything else but stare at her perfect face forever.
This is the miracle of childbirth. The pain which suddenly takes on divine beauty. The ache of labor shifting to the indescribably ache of true love.
Please be sure to read the submissions by the other Share Your Story contributors, and visit Kids in the House to find out how you can participate in our next Share Your Story Blogger Event!
- Two Peas in a Pod: A Double Miracle – Rachael at Three Boys and Mom shares how the blessing of an unexpected twin pregnancy saved a woman’s life.
- Childbirth: the Ache of Love – Sasha at MomLife Now describes how one mom discovered a miraculous beauty she new not existed.
- Tax Day 2007 – Cheryl at The Pump Station & Nursery looks back on how an easy pregnancy turned out to be a taxing birth experience.
- Going with the Flow – Bridget at Bridget Bertrand shares how her OB helped to put her on the right course in regards to birth plans, the playlist, and even the recipe to make the day her daughter came into the world.
- My Not-So Natural Birth Story – Rachel at Mommy Greenest shares a lot of questions with questions with pregnant and new parents through her work, but this time describes what it was like for her, giving birth for the first time – but definitely not the last – time.
- The (Not So) Natural Birth Story – Britt at My Life and Kids reflects on how a mom’s life-threatening delivery helped mold her into the mother she was meant to be.
- Giving Birth: When the Unexpected Happens – Elle at This is Mommyhood shares advice for when your baby has an unexpected stay in the NICU.
- A New Look at the “Perfect” Birth Story – Melissa at Fill My Cup shares how a crazy delivery gave one mom a new perspective on the ‘perfect birth.’
- Induction Induced Feelings of Loss – The Orange Rhino shares how a planned induction brought unplanned feelings of jealousy, sadness, disappointment and loss.
- Our Beautiful Birth Story – Lindsay at The Fully Caffeinated Mama reflects on how it wasn’t the feeling of intense pain caused by the epidural wearing off that she remembers, but rather the beautiful baby on her chest for the first time.
- Jack’s Arrival – Samantha at The Peanuts Gang thought she would have a scheduled c-section, but it turned out that having Jack was QUICK and sooner than expected!
- Remembering to Breathe – Suzy at Kids in the House explains how with little fanfare, the completely wrong music, and a very distracted doctor, her son Leo was born.