Isnt this a beautiful picture? I am always so amazed when I see a pregnant woman, I just think it is truly one of Gods finest miracles. I remember when I was pregnant for the very first time, I couldnt imagine that my body was going to get so big and out of shape, but it did! I only weighed about 100 pounds when I got pregnant so it was hard to imagine anything being big. Then I used to look at my tummy and wonder how it will get out......will it hurt much? Will my tummy go down after its born?
I was in labor for 23 hours, those were the days when they let you labor. Actually I thought I was dieing....the pain just wracked my body for hours.....I kept telling my Mother to do something!!! lol. My husband sat over there like a bump on a log just watching me. I just thought the pain was never going to end. Finally they put a gas mask over my face and knocked me out.....I dont remember anything till the next morning when they brought my baby in....he weighed 8 pounds and 12 ounces and had the most beautiful head of black hair. I was overwhelmed when I looked at him....I knew all the pain was worth it. I felt like God had truly given me a precious gift.
I didnt get pregnant again for 6 years. The second pregnancy was much easier, I wasnt sick all the time. I really eased right through that pregnancy till it came time to have it...lol. Then I got scared!!! As soon as the pains started I remembered them! They kept coming in and checkiing me and they said 'this is going to be a big baby'....the nurses were all excited and I was scared to death! After 6 hours of intense labor they gave me a spinal.....I was gloriously numb! The baby came out and he was just as beautiful as the first one! All that black hair.....he was a doll! I was layiing on the delivery table and I coughed....but I could not feel myself coughing...I panicked.....I said..." oh no...you have paralyzed me.....I cant even feel myself breathing"....then I started hyperventilating......I said "give me some oxygen"...so there I was laying on the table getting sewed up....with oxygen on! I wish I had a movie of it because it was funny! ( Now that its over) And the second baby weighed in at 10 pounds! I seriously had doubts that I would ever walk again!
8 years later I got pregnant again! I was 35 years old. I thought if these babies keep getting bigger...what will this one weigh?????? 16 pounds?????? I was scared. My girlfriend was a nurse in OB, she talked me into going to natural childbirth classes.....she said she would be with me even if it was her day off.......and she was. My Mother was with me too, she wanted to see a baby be born, she had had 3 and never got to see a live birth. So her and I went to Lamaze classes together. My husband was always there, he just wasnt much help. ( Bump on a log) I went into the hospital early one morning b/c my water broke, so they induced me.....said it wouldnt take long. How right they were, didnt take long, but I didnt think I would live through it! Everytime the resident came in to check me I screamed for him to get out of the room and leave me alone.
My Mother tried to get me to do the breathing exercises but I said No....I just wanted to scream. Finally we were off to the delivery room......I thought I was going to deliver a tractor trailer......wouldnt have suprised me a bit! I guess I am just not good with pain. I thought ' this baby must weigh 30 pounds!'. When it was finally over and they handed me this beautiful little girl with black curly hair, I forgot all about anything but her. She was perfect! And she only weighed 8 pounds 6 ounces. I was completely in awe of her.
Having a baby is a lot of work, but it is the most worthwhile thing I have ever done. I was always scared. I was always a crybaby, but I always knew it was a miracle in progress. God entrusted me with these 3 precious babies. I was overwhelmed. It was the best time of my life. I guess if I was asked what I miss most about being young.....for all the crying and screaming I did when I was in labor, it would be having my babies.
And when I read about how these Mothers and Fathers leave their babies in a hot car or beat them to death, starve them to death, I wonder what is happening to this world. And it scares me.
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