XP on September 2012:
On my due date - September 23rd - I started having sharp abdominal
pains around 10:30 AM. They weren't like regular contractions, so I
really wasn't sure what to do. Once it was pretty much like constant
pain we headed to the hospital (around 2 PM). I was only 2 cm dilated,
but baby's heart rate was elevated and all of a sudden I started
throwing up so they admitted me.
Things sped up after they
broke my water and I got an epidural around 7:30 PM. I went from 5 cm to
10 cm in a couple hours and pushed for 5 minutes. For all 5 of those
minutes I thought that everything down there was going to bust open and I
ordered DH not to look because I didn't want to see his face when it
happened! Aurelia Ellen was born at 11:01 PM, weighing in at 7 lbs 3.3
oz and 20 in. Somehow I didn't tear at all.
After having an induction due to a slow leak with DD that led to 4 hours
of pushing and a rough recovery, I can't believe how different it was
this time around. No tearing, and I've only had minimal
bleeding, soreness, and cramping. If all future deliveries could be like this I think I'd have 6 kids lol...
Ridiculous confession: after finding out I didn't tear, no joke I said, "VAGINA OF STEEL!" ::shakes head at self:: I think the epi made me a tad bit loopy.