My son was born on December 1st by VBAC and it was a better experience than I had anticipated. My daughter didn't fully descend as her head was turned and after 12 hours of labor, an epidural, lots of monitoring, my high blood pressure, etc I had a c-section. I was fine with the experience and happy to have her but the recovery was tough. I was "off" for days, had trouble with milk production, and didn't feel that I bonded to her immediately.
My doctor was happy to try a VBAC and I expected that my labor would go similarly to my daughter's, except that hopefully I wouldn't have a c-section. I was very wrong! My water broke at 12:45 am and my contractions immediately started very strong and close together. I called my doctor, a neighbor came to watch my daughter, and we headed to the hospital. My contractions were hard to talk through when I got to the hospital and when the doctor checked me I was 9.5 centimeters!
They got me into a room and almost immediately I felt the urge to push. I pushed about 4-5 times and out he came at 2:10 am - less than 90 minutes after my water broke. Everything happened so fast that at times I wasn't entirely sure what was going on, but it all went smoothly and was complication free.
I had certainly planned on getting some pain medicine (and wish I had) but it was a great experience. My recovery is 10 times easier! I'm just taking Tylenol for the pain (2nd degree tear) and it's much easier to move around. My milk is in and we're breastfeeding well. I feel much closer to my baby, I think because I was more alert and aware after he was born.
I wish you all a great VBAC experience!