So how does one go about writing a birth story that doesn't contain TMI and yet contains enough info to appease those who love reading birth stories? I'll give it a whirl. Water broke at 3 pm, the birth center allowed me to stay home and go about my business and allow labor to start naturally. I made dinner, ate dinner with my family, relaxed and waited for contractions to start, which they did at about 6 pm. At 8 pm I watched Wipeout with my family and laughed my head off. Contractions at that point were 20 minutes apart and not too intense. By 10:30 they were 8 minutes apart and beginning to hurt, so we called the midwife and were out the door to the birthing center by 11:15. During the short 25 minute drive, contractions increased in intensity and frequency to about 3 minutes apart. Wingnut was beginning to sweat it, and so was I. I hadn't expected for things to be moving so fast. We arrived at 11:45, were checked in, and by midnight I was in the jacuzzi, 5 contractions and one "You're asking me how to spell that now? Are you kidding me? Don't you think we should have had that figured out before I went into labor?" later and Leo was born. We stayed for exactly 4 hours and then headed home to finish the night in our own bed. It was by far the quickest, easiest, most natural, and least stressful birth experience I've ever had. I still wouldn't say I'm ready to do it again anytime soon! LOL!
I'm sure you'll forgive me if I continue to slack in posting regularly. I tend to spoil my babies, and Leo will be no exception. We are all smitten and looking forward to showering him with love and attention.