Still here! Still waddling around at a tempo called molto largo. I was able to finish off work and now this week has been all about concentrating on the impending birth. I’ve packed the hospital bag/s, wrote a birth plan (I can hear God laughing at that from here) and pimped myself up with a haircut and a manicure.
Well as you know, every birth is SO different and there is no way of telling when it will start or how long it will take. With every twitch I feel, I think I am going into labour, poor TSH, he gets a lot of ‘I think this is it’ phone calls!
Because this is my second baby, I’ve been told it should be a quicker and easier experience, although no one will pin down exactly what they mean by that. They also say the second baby can be bigger than the first. This is not good news to me considering our first baby was a whopper with a coconut head and the whole experience nearly killed me – she was clinging to my ribs and just wouldn’t come out.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the birth itself and the following are some snippets of what I want to include in my birth story when I call my sister in Sydney and tell her The Big News:
BIRTH STORY – In my dreams at night:
- Nup, I didn’t even need any drugs, it was a truly beautiful and natural experience.
- Well you know how it is with a second baby and all, I coughed three times and it just flew out…
- My Swedish isn’t top top, but I clearly heard the nurses using the words; ‘champion’, ‘goddess’ and ‘an inspiration to all’.
- The nurses said it was the quickest and cleanest delivery they had ever seen.
- Yep, the newspaper wants a picture of me, something about Non-Swedish Swedish Mother of the Year…
- The nurses all agreed, they said it was the most beautiful baby they had ever seen!
BIRTH STORY – In the harsh reality of daylight:
- They had to put me under a general anesthetic…no, no, not for medical reasons, just to shut me up
- If you thought Bubba’s head looked big, you should see this one’s nugget.
- I’ll have to call you back, I’ve been in labour for a week and it’s still not out…
- The nurses union said they are going to sue us.
- And then someone had to duck out to pick up more epidural, apparently I’d used up the hospitals whole supply…
- No don’t worry, they said I’ll be able walk again in the next 1 to 5 years.
- The nurses all agreed, they said it was the biggest baby they had ever seen!