***It's generally pretty quiet around the blogosphere on holidays. Just for fun, I thought I'd pull out this meme (chain letter) I found. In honor of Labor Day, it's about...well, labor. And not the kind you get a day off for, either.
How long were your labors?
Well... to be totally honest, I really don't know. If you count when I went into the hospital to be induced to force the labor to happen, then 10 hours, and I was literally asleep for probably 9 out of those 10 hours.
How did you know you were in labor?The only time I felt anything was after they gave me my epidural, apparently they gave me some instant medicine and told me to tell them when I needed the pump on (or something) but I was past the point of delirious because of the other meds I had already been given and totally forgot. So I immediately went back to sleep after that terrible shot and woke up a little later saying "I AM IN SEVERE PAIN!" haha... I was having a really strong contraction and so a sweet nurse came in and brought an anesthesiologist in and fixed the problem.
The short answer is, I knew I was in labor because we forced it.
Where did you deliver?
Medical City Dallas (love that place...)
yes, and a lot of them actually
Remember that 10 hours of labor? At 10:00 pm, Eli's heart rate had started to drop pretty low with contractions. My doctor came in to put an internal monitor on his head to get some more details and then said, "um, Amanda. I'm almost positive that is not his head. Nurse, can you please bring in the sonogram machine." And there little Eli was, flipped over and breech. I was taken within like 3 minutes to surgery, given more drugs, and Eli was born at 10:39.
Dr. Victor Vines (the one holding Eli above) and Dr. Hyslop (the one on the left), a whole team of nurses and a really nice anestheisiologist. I LOVE Dr. Vines. Every part of my pregnancy experience was made so much better because of him! He's awesome!
***If you want to play along with this meme, just cut and paste the questions into your own blog and leave a comment so we can all read about your laborious day(s).