A couple of days ago, C said to me, "Mom, you are a veteran mom." I agreed that I was on my sixth kid so I guess that makes me a veteran. He cleared it up, though, by saying that I was veteran because I'd been a mom for 14+ years (If you count pregnancy, 15+). Either way, I guess I fit that description.
It was brought home to me a little yesterday when I had a resident doctor at my OB appointment. I had never seen her before. She was asking me questions to prepare for the impending birth of our little guy. As she talked to me, these are some things I realized.....I have given birth in a LOT of different ways.
One question: Did your water break with your other children?
A: One it broke and gushed, Two it broke and trickled, One I went into the hospital with close contractions and they broke it there.
Another question: Do you use medication or not?
A: One I had a full epidural, one I had a half epidural, one I had some IV drugs, and one I had 100% "natural" or without any drugs.
Question: How long to you like to stay in the hospital?
A: AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE!!! But, I have stayed anywhere from about 18 hours to about 50, depending on everything else going on.
Question: Do you like midwives or MD's?
A: Three I have used midwives and loved them. One I used an MD and enjoyed that too. I guess I am pretty easy to please.
Question: Do you already have boys or girls?
A: Counting my step daughter, I have two boys and three girls, and this little guy will even it out.
Crazy. It seems like each birth is different and each situation is different. I guess when you list it all like that, I am indeed a veteran mom!
One thing that has been relatively consistent: I have gone between 6-12 days early with each of my deliveries. I don't know if he will follow suit. Kind of hoping he doesn't. The kids have sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much going on in February that closer to due date would work out well, but whoever said delivering a baby is convenient?!?