As far as the birth story goes, you got pretty much the whole thing last post. It was pretty quick and straightforward, but here are some other fun little details, just for kicks:
The reason we got the spicy Indian food the night before was because I remembered that our friend Meg went into labor with her second child after eating some spicy Indian food. (I re-read the blog post on the event when we got home from dinner and was hopeful that ours would also be born within two hours of admission, which he was, almost exactly.)
Simon was sick the day before and not sleeping well that night. He woke up about the time my labor started and wanted to be with us the whole time. It wasn’t ideal, but we managed to handle the contractions and the sick, strangely cuddly child for the 3+hours of labor before we went to the hospital.
The driver of the car that picked us up kept turning the radio up whenever I had to breathe through a contraction. It made me laugh.
In the elevator on the way up to Labor and Delivery one of the other passengers looked at me and said, “Could’ve guessed you were going there. We can feel that one [the contraction] all the way over here.” That also made me laugh.
I pushed for 15-20 minutes, much improved from my last time of 2+ hours, and, thankfully, only Micah, my midwife, and my nurse were there for the delivery. One of things that I disliked about Simon’s birth was that it seemed like there were so many people in the room at the end and it was distracting and difficult for me.
As we left the L and D, all of the nurses/doctors/techs were saying things like, “Well, thanks for stopping by.” “Nice of you to drop in for a moment.” “See you in 18 months.” My nurse couldn’t say enough about how much she prefers the 2 hour labors to the 12 hour labors. I was glad I could do them all a favor by not clogging up their delivery room for too long.
Oliver weighed exactly the same amount as Simon when he was born, despite being two weeks later and an inch longer.
Overall, it is hard to compare this labor to Simon’s because Simon’s was so unexpected and I had so much time to anticipate Oliver’s. Micah says I did just as well the second time, but I kind of felt that Oliver’s was harder if only because of the anticipation. And maybe because my water was broken through the whole thing, instead of breaking at the very end like it did with Simon. And also because of the pressure to match Meg’s time of 2 hours from admission to delivery. Just kidding. Sort of.
And finally, Simon just put some popcorn way up his nose. He has never done anything like that before.