A Tale of Two Birth Stories + a Mother’s Day Giveaway!

A Tale of Two Birth Stories + a Mother’s Day Giveaway!

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I can’t believe how fast the time has gone already since having our little guy. Why does time go SO fast?! I think I mentioned it before, but truly, whoever said that the days are long and the years are short, couldn’t have been more correct. I can’t believe my soulmate and I have been married for three years, can’t believe my daughter is two and our son is here…I can’t believe just how much has happened, and how blessed I am for what I’ve got in my life.

All of the mushiness aside, I wanted to share both of my birth stories, because I was really surprised at how different each birth was for me. And not even labor and delivery, but the actual pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the most drastic difference of all, my recoveries. If you think you have an easy or hard first pregnancy/labor/delivery/recovery, and that the next baby will be the same, THINK AGAIN! So here’s my own personal experience, if you’d like to read it!

(and scroll to the bottom for a Mother’s Day Giveaway for all of you awesome mamas!)

Pregnancy #1, My Daughter:

Pregnancy: I was nauseous ALLLL the time, up until about 15 weeks. Even after that, I never felt super great. When I hit the second trimester I was supposed to love so much, I got a respiratory cold that lasted SO long, and just kept wanting to come back! By the time it was gone, I was into my third trimester and felt like a whale! I was SO tired, everything hurt, and I just couldn’t understand why women enjoyed being pregnant!

Labor: My water broke at 10:30pm on a Monday night. I was SO surprised, because apparently the actual change of your water breaking isn’t super high. My contractions didn’t start until I was just about ready to get my epidural, so my labor and delivery were about as painless as possible. My epidural did start wearing off, but it was because they only gave me enough for someone of “average” height (which apparently is 5’6″, which I am NOT….I’m 5’9″). The anesthesiologist came back to increase my dose, and we were all good then!

Delivery: I pushed for 30 minutes and my daughter was born, almost exactly 12 hours from when my water first broke. I needed 2 or 3 stitches, but that was it. We did skin-to-skin, extended cord clamping, and it was the most amazing experience. We didn’t know her gender, so it was just all around incredible, finding out we had a daughter, having her put on my chest…it was such a life changing moment!

Postpartum Recovery: AWFUL. I remember barely being able to walk; everything hurt, and even though the moments after I had my daughter were amazing (truly it all was, really…), my recovery was long and painful. I used the squirt bottle for about 2-3 weeks afterwards. Additionally, I had a HUGE emotional crash while the hormones left my body (is this what they’re actually doing? I don’t know. All I know is that I was a psychotic mess for about a month).

Pregnancy #2, My Son:

Pregnancy: SO much better than my first! I’m not sure if it’s true what they say about boy vs girl pregnancies, but mine were textbook “boy” vs “girl” descriptions. I was nauseous only 2 days the entire pregnancy, never actually threw up, and felt pretty much amazing the whole time, minus the third trimester of feeling like a whale (that part was definitely a repeat of the first!), and having a hard time sleeping. The only “worse” thing was that the second time around, I definitely peed myself a lot. Let’s be real, pregnancy isn’t always the most glamorous thing ever!

Labor: I was totally expecting my water to break again. It didn’t! My contractions started around 9pm on a Wednesday night, and I couldn’t tell if they were real or not because I didn’t really “have” them with my first pregnancy. I quick downloaded an app on my phone to track them, and then decided to go to the hospital when they were 4-5 minutes apart. By the time we got there, they were 2-3 minutes apart and I was SO paranoid I wasn’t going to make it in time for my epidural! Luckily, I did!! The contractions were painful for the minute that they lasted, but outside of that, it wasn’t super bad (although yes, involuntary tears did fall out of my eyes as they contractions were happening. It’s not a picnic).

Delivery: I pushed 4 times. No joke, he was out in a couple minutes. My calves started cramping up, and the nurses were rubbing my calves while I laughed in awkward cramping weirdness, and heard the doctor say “well he’s basically just coming out on his own”. So essentially I just laughed this baby out of me. His delivery was SO fast, and crazy perfect!

Postpartum Recovery: Incredible. A complete 180 from last time. ZERO emotional roller-coaster crash afterwards; I used the squirt bottle for only a few days, and felt almost zero pain down under, even though I did get 2 stitches for this delivery as well (for a scratch, not a tear, so even that was better than the first time).

It’s all amazing, no matter what!

I seriously can’t believe how different both experiences were, and I thought my daughter’s delivery was super perfect. Now after my son’s delivery experience, I think his arrival definitely rivals hers! Anyway, if you’re pregnant for the first time, or considering getting pregnant for the second time, always remember that each experience can be totally different!!! Either way, it’s all an amazing miracle no matter what. Whether you have a  natural birth, C-section, surrogacy, adoption…there is and never will be anything like the arrival of your child, and that first moment you lay your eyes on them. I will always cherish the memories I have of both of my children’s arrivals, and honestly I replay these memories a lot in my mind. I never want to forget the amazing experience each of their arrivals were!

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2 Comments

  1. Alison
    April 24, 2018 / 8:28 PM

    I loved your stories, seems like yesterday that I had the very same sentiments of the miracle, the joy, the love….of giving birth to you – the beauty of the circle of life, of family, love is never ending. The gift you and Mike have given me of being a Grandmother is a new joy I cherish!

    • Meredith
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      May 2, 2018 / 7:55 PM

      Love you!! I’m so glad you read my blog mom 🙂 xoxox can’t wait to see you tomorrow!