All Grown Up

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All Grown Up.”

My son was born in a small hospital in a tiny town in eastern Colorado. My husband taught at the high school.

When my labor pains first began, I called the school so they could alert my husband because we lived way out of town. When I first went to the hospital I can truthfully say that my labor pains weren’t that bad. In fact, I was put in the same room as a woman who had just had gallbladder surgery. (They didn’t have a labor room). She kept telling me that she would rather have a baby than gallbladder surgery.

By that evening my pains were excruciating and the woman in the next bed had changed her mind and decided she would rather have gallbladder surgery than have a baby.

Back then there wasn’t spinal blocks for pain. They said they gave me pain medicine but I honestly couldn’t tell they had. For two more days I was in excruciating pain and hard, difficult labor. After three days of labor, my husband told the doctor that if our baby wasn’t born within two hours he demanded the doctor do a C- Section. The doctor had told us that he didn’t do C-Sections because the first baby was always the hardest and after the mother delivers the first baby, the following babies would be easier. (Actually, I think he was a quack).

After another hour and a half the doctor wheeled me to the delivery room and delivered him with forceps.

There are no words to describe the feeling you have the moment you have no more of that incredible pain. (angels softly singing) ~Heavenly~

There is one thing for sure, after that ordeal, I felt like a grown-up. A very, very exhausted grown-up, and that was only the beginning…

22 thoughts on “All Grown Up

  1. Wow – I don’t think anyone should be in the hospital in labor for 3 days! Craziness! I was fortunate to have short labor/delivery times, but like you – no medicine allowed at the time – natural childbirth. Excruciating pain until the beautiful baby is placed in your arms and you fall in love so hard you forget the pain – – – until the next labor/delivery session! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yes, I can understand how you could easily forget the pain. You were lucky your labor wasn’t long. It isn’t so easy after 2 1/2 days of hard labor. I started having panic/anxiety attacks after that. It was horrible… barbaric! On my second baby I did it all natural (I was afraid the stupid pain meds they had given me for my son was the reason I was in labor so long). I was in hard labor about 12 hours with her, so it was easier but I still would rather have had the C-Section with Brandon.

    • Because the doctor was a quack. Probably wasn’t trained to do C-Sections. I started having panic/anxiety attacks after that delivery. I’m happy to know the doctors are not like that now.


  2. the pain of childbirth definitely makes you a grown up! And prepares you for the heart pain of children. Not in a bad way, just a fact. Once you have that wonderful baby, its like your heart is constantly walking outside your body ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry about all the pain you endured, was your 2nd one easier like the Quack Dr said ? Or did you only have one, if you don’t mind me asking that is.

    • LOL! I was waiting for this question from someone and I am SO HAPPY it was from you! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, I did have another 3 years later. I delivered my second baby all natural because I felt (if they did give me pain medicine with my son it was probably only aspirin. Haha!) that maybe it was the pain meds that delayed my labor progress. I was in hard labor with her for 12 hours. So, yes she was much easier but still not easy. I can say this for sure I felt a hellofalot better after she was born than I did with my son. Yes, when you see your babies you “almost” forget about the pain (until you have to wake up 2-4 times in the night for about 5 more months!) But, there were no more after her.

  3. That kind of suffering breaks my heart. My mom (who had 8) told me that a woman cannot possibly retain the pain of childbirth. Or she would never have more than one child. I tend to agree.

    • I have always heard that – that women forget about the pain of their childbirth once they see the child. That is a little difficult for me to do with my first baby and a little easier to do with my second. I was only in hard labor with her for 12 hours. I’m not saying that my son wasn’t worth it because he certainly is. It is just impossible to forget.

  4. Thank goodness that medical procedures have evolved. I’m not surprised that you can clearly recall being in constant pain for three days, Joy. You’re brave for having another child after your son! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • LOL! I WAS brave! But, we had moved to a much larger community with much better medical care. I was pretty sure my doctors with my daughter would not let me stay in labor for 3 days. I was “only” in HARD labor with her for 12 hours.

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