If you're anything like me, you might've heard labor and delivery stories and either gasped in horror or thought, "That can't be real" because, let's face it: all of it is horrific and, simultaneously, sounds totally unbelievable. Even the seasoned mother has different experiences with each baby. I can attest, having birthed two myself, there was so manythings I wasn't prepared for when I went into labor. I mean, it's one thing to hear about some of this stuff but to go through it? I'm still traumatized, to be honest.
As a first-time mother, I had no idea the way things would play out. I thought I did, but no. I'd already been on bedrest and labeled "high risk" because of hypertension so I tried to be prepared for anything. The thing is, that's really hard to do if you've heard the gamut of possibilities and still aren't sure how your body will react. My first instincts were to flee and/or sob, honestly. Though, it was a long process because after being sent home a couple of times first (practice, I guess), I'd finally be induced on a pre-planned day. This took all the flurry of excitement out of it, sure, but it also gave me more time to plan.
There's no real way to be prepared for bringing new life into the world. It's surreal and out-of-body and literally everything dreams (and nightmares) are made of. And I'm sure from the opposite end, my partner would agree. Sorry, honey.