Rocks In My Dryer Laborious Meme

How long were your labors?

Kid #1, 8 hours.
Kid #2, 4ish hours
Kid #3, 4 or 5 hours — this experience was a blur; I can’t really recall. I remember Leno came on just as things were getting tough and Noah was born before it was over.
Kid #4, 6ish hours.

How did you know you were in labor?

Kid #1, regular contractions
Kid #2, regular contractions (woke me from sleep)
Kid #3, strange feelings while I was cooking dinner. I wasn’t having contractions, but I could tell something was happening. Karl took me to the hospital, but my doctors’ policy is that they don’t allow anyone who’s dilated 5 cm to go home. So even though I was dilated halfway, I wasn’t in “active labor.” We sealed the deal with a pitocin drip.
Kid #4, regular contractions

Where did you deliver?

With all of them, at a hospital.


Kid #1, none
Kid #2, none
Kid #3, I attempted an epidural this time because I had read horrible stories involving pain and pitocin (plus the pain from Kid #2 was still a fresh memory). It just wasn’t meant to be — the tiny tube came out of my back. The nurse remarked, “Oh, no wonder you felt everything! The tube came out! The medicine is all over your back.” So, NONE!
Kid #4, none

No C-Sections.

Who delivered?

Doctors. Real MDs. Kid #2 was almost delivered by the nurse, though.

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7 Comments on “Rocks In My Dryer Laborious Meme

  1. Four babies, no drugs. You are a baby making MACHINE!! That is awesome. I am super impressed!


  2. Here’s mine:In labour with #1- 16 hours. Emergency c-sectionNumbers 2,3,and 4….all scheduled c-sections.Numbers 5 and 6- Adopted. Process was worse than labour. LOL!


  3. Yo — I wish raising them was as easy as birthing them!Janet — I followed your adoption posts and I have to agree.


  4. Wow! And all inside of 4 years if remember correctly???Mine were all c-sections. I have no choice in the matter – however I am very thankful for an OB who has encouraged me to not let having to have ceasarians determine how many children I can have. He’s done 8 (!!!!) on one woman.


  5. Oh, yeah, Melanie. Kid #1, 1999. Kid #2, 2000. Kid #3, 2001. Kid #4, 2003.


  6. I chose no drugs with #1, begged for drugs with #2 but did not have time and had a halfway successful epidural with #3.If God chooses to give a #4 I want acupuncture!


  7. I can just hear a nurse telling you that the medicine is all over your back… I’m so glad I found this Labor Day event hosted by Rocks in My Dryer! I am due in exactly 4 weeks, so I’m glad to read all these labor stories! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!


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