It’s generally pretty quiet around the blogosphere on holidays, especially on ones in which we’re all glued to the TV, thinking hopeful thoughts for our neighbors on the Gulf Coast

Just for fun, I thought I’d pull out this meme I found.  In honor of Labor Day, it’s about…well, labor.  And not the kind you get a day off for, either.

How long were your labors? 

Kid #1, 12 hours. 
Kid #2, 13 hours
Kid #3, 5 hours.
Kid #4, 10 hours. 

Clearly, Kid #3 was a speed racer.  Still is.

How did you know you were in labor? 

Kid #1, water breaking. 
Kid #2, water breaking.
Kid #3, mind-numbing contraction that came out of nowhere and sent me to my knees.
Kid #4, water breaking. 

Clearly, Kid #3 liked to make an entrance.  Still does.

Where did you deliver?

With all of them, at a hospital.  Where the drugs are.


See above.  Oh my stars, YES.  Actually, I recall an especially precious moment during my first labor in which I grabbed my husband’s shirt, pulled him in toward my face, and growled "I WANT AN EPIDURAL IF YOU HAVE TO GIVE IT TO ME."


Nope, though Kid #3 almost was.  He was breech until the doctor did a successful "external cephalic version" at the last minute.  That was an especially delightful procedure in which my sweet husband stood watch over my shoulder, holding my hand, and then he leaned in to whisper, "Sweetheart, right now your belly looks like something out of the movie Alien."

Who delivered?

Doctors, and really great ones.  I’ve been so thankful for them to them for helping my little ones get to me safely.  And also, for bringing the drugs

Kid #2 was born in a teaching hospital in a Chicago.  After all the pushing and the breathing and the glowing over my new boy, I looked down to find my doctor, joined by ELEVEN doctors and nurses in training, all, um, observing.  Goodbye, modesty.

And after a slow labor initially, Kid #4 made a sudden, dramatic appearance, beating the doctor.   The nurses did the job.  (Though the doctor, interestingly, still got paid all the same…)

If you want to play along with this meme, just cut and paste the questions into your own blog, and leave your link below. 

And you Gulf Coasters stay safe.  We’re praying for you.

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5. We are THAT family
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7. Heather G
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17. Georgetta
18. Finding Normal
19. Dawn
20. Angela-Adoption Labor
21. Carrie K.
22. Noochymama
23. Joy @ When Does Daddy Come Home?
24. Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt
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28. Elizabeth
29. mzzterry
30. Tracy
31. Princess in Boyland
32. Jennifer @ Extreme House Wifeing
33. Kim @ Beanish & Other Languages I\’m Learning
34. Daiquiri @ Call Her Blessed
35. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates
36. Stephanie
37. KimC (mom of 9)
38. Amber @ BGH
39. aubree at tHe SoUtHeRn FaMiLY
40. Cibbit
41. Karen@candiddiversions
42. Suzanne B. (Beautiful Sisters)
43. Dana
44. Reformed Grits
45. Summer @ Wired For Noise
46. Jenny
47. Kisha @ Proud SAHM
48. Tiffany Flamm
49. Elizabeth
50. Chrissi
51. Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk
52. Monica @ Daily Dwelling
53. Melly K
54. LeeAnn
55. Stonefox (Heidi)
56. Anne
57. Kim @ Whims
58. Mandi @ Doodles Place
59. Kim (big babies)
60. Troye (Labor Days)
61. Cassie
62. Sandy@The DailyPoop =)
63. Erica
64. Mandy
65. canadacole
66. calina (Please don\’t send hate messages!)
67. Sarah Mae
68. Erin @ School Teacher, Superhero
69. Sandra @ Today\’s Housewife
70. Lynne @ Our Happy Home71. Simply Shannon
72. Shannon (Muzbee Crazy)
73. Wife and Mommy
74. Renee @ rightfootforward
75. Brittany@Baby Butterflies
76. Shelley
77. Mom To Seven Sweeties & Mothering In Grace
78. Summer\’s Nook
79. Kari @ Just Another Day in Paradise
80. Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side
81. Tara (4 kids)
82. Sheri
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95. Steff
96. Mandi
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125. ET @ Titus2:3-5
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127. Linda (My Trendy Tykes)
128. Lindsey
129. kris
130. Mommy, the Human Napkin
131. EmilyV @ Random Ramblings
132. Shauna@Shaunarumbling
133. PsychMamma
134. Christa @ No End in Site
135. April B
136. Emma
137. Martha
138. KnappKnotes (2 homebirths)
139. He Gives Me Grace(Nicole
140. Jamie in Rose Cottage
141. Crafty Pumpkin (2 plus twins!)
142. Angela @ Breastfeeding 1-2-3
143. Erica
144. Karlene (Inksplasher)
145. Centimental One
146. Jill
147. Beth
148. Hannah
149. Whitney @ Baby Tunnel Exodus
150. Marin @ Frugonomics 101
151. Dana @ School For Us
152. Bree
153. Christa — homebirth / waterbirth / preemie
154. Trina@FrugalDrMom
155. Crystal (pioneer birth)
156. Jennie C. (Far Beyond Pearls)
157. Lindsay
158. Susan(GermanBirth)
159. Military Wife
160. Kim
161. Sherri
162. Kathy
163. Jacy
164. Joan
165. Stephanie F
166. Christine @ Live to Learn
167. Shannonannon
168. Heidi (Gestational Diabetes)
169. Dawn\’s Daily Life
170. Mamikaze
171. Missy
172. Letisha
173. Angie @ Many Little Blessings
174. He & Me 3
175. FrugalFelicia @ The Savy Shopper
176. mamatutwo
177. Christi@BlahBlahBlog
178. Jennifer
179. Kathy
180. GaPeachInCO
181. Susan (ByGrace)
182. Room for Grace-1,296 hour labor
183. Therese
184. Cindy @ The Happy Ones
185. Keri @ christianfrog
186. Michelle B. (Our Full House)
187. Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous
188. Erin
189. Jenny @ A Latte Talk
190. cara
191. Half Pint Pixie
192. Marijke
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194. Lorri @ The Mac and Cheese Chronicles
195. Tami @ Muddlin Thru Motherhood (watermelon stains, help??)
196. Half Step from Crazy (baby mixup!)
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198. Ritsumei
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202. Q
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214. Stephanie
215. ML
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126 thoughts on “Laborious

  1. Lora Lynn says:

    Since I’m on bed rest for pre-term labor, I’m gonna pass on this one. I’m trying NOT to think about labor right now. But I laughed out loud at your meme and some of the others. So much fun!

  2. Cibbit says:

    Fun! Labor is a rite of passage. I used to avoid these “war” stories before I had my son. They scared me to death. Now I relish telling about my red badge of courage.

  3. Adventures In Babywearing says:

    Oh, you know this is all that’s on my mind lately- due within a couple weeks! And also the gulf coast… half of my family has already evacuated and I just heard that the other half doesn’t want to budge. Praying for them as they are right there in Louisiana where it’s headed.

  4. Ginger says:

    Great meme. I guess I can’t participate since I don’t have a URL, but I wanted to say that my first was a c-section and then I had three successful VBACS. I hear that not many doctors out there will let you try that nowadays, but I just wanted to let everyone know that it is possible in many circumstances. If it matters to you, as it did to me, you can fight for that right.

  5. Mandi says:

    Oh I loved this!! I LOVE talking about my labors and I love reading about others experiences! I want to be a midwife so it’s all fascinating and miraculous to me 🙂

  6. gillie says:

    What a fun meme for Labor Day! I myself have experienced many labors from the perspective of the baby nurse, but none of my own. My son was born to his birthmother (who is my hero!) and my husband and I were driving as fast as we safely could in order to meet him. Apparently she tried to raise herself up to see his head and he plopped out. Lots of rushing around followed and the doc finally showed up after he was out. At any rate, every birth and child is a miracle. I’m so lucky to be my son’s mom- and to know his birthmom.

  7. momto3cubs says:

    LOL I recently found and started enjoying your blog, and passed an award for you.
    We’re heading to the beach for the afternoon, but to answer your questions…
    Boy #1, water broke, labor induced the next day, born 21 hours after water broke, no drugs.
    Boy #2, in labor for 18 hours, water didn’t break until delivery, no drugs.
    Boy #3, in labor for 22 hours, water didn’t break until delivery, no drugs.
    All born at hospital by doctor. No midwife available then, but there is now.
    Fun times 😉

  8. Tami says:

    Sorry about the first time. Didn’t know my works for me wednesday post comment was still there. Anyway, it is fun to read other people’s labor stuff.

  9. Cathy < Mommy Motivation says:

    I really enjoyed that! I rarely think back to this as it isn’t my fondest memory. I never thought of looking at it from hind’s site and all the crazy things I did and said! I had fun with this. And I also now know – No more for me! Ever! 🙂

  10. Sandra says:

    Thanks for the fun. People are always surprised when I tell them that one of my children was born in the car on the way to the hospital. He will be turning 17 on Sept. 15. So, I survived it!!! lol 🙂

  11. Helene says:

    I saw this on Stonefox’s (Heidi’s) blog and thought it looked fun! What a great idea for Labor Day! Wow, Baby #3 was in a hurry to get into this world….5 hours!!
    I’m gonna play along too….just have to wait until my kids are in bed!!

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