Turns out, with Rose, I had no choice. I made it to the hospital less than an hour before delivery. (Story later for you strong-stomached peeps.) Good news is, this time I actually prepared. I read a book. And practiced natural birthing techniques.
I wanted three things from a natural childbirth.
- Pain-free recovery
- "Runner's high"
- Bragging rights
And here's the thing, friends. Didn't happen. Here's what happened instead:
I had just birthed beautiful Rose, and I held her on my tummy while adrenaline gifted me with the shakes (which had lasted all through labor and for about an hour after), and all I could think was: "I'm gonna drop her" (I didn't), and "Why the devil do women choose to do this without drugs?"
So, dear readers, what's the secret? What did I miss?