Monday, January 14, 2013

Birth Story: Lisa Ng from Expandng

Today we are excited to have our first birth story guest post from our faithful reader, Lisa! I'll let her introduce herself and share her amazing story:

 My name is Lisa, and I blog at expandng.com. I've known Eva for many years, probably since middle school, because we went to the same church as "kids". As that church expanded, Zi started attending, and I've known her since collage. Wow, time flies huh? Now that we're all "grown up", it's been wonderful seeing their business and blog grow, even as we live so many miles apart now. Thanks to Eva and Zi for letting me share my birth story on their blog today. The birth of our son was about 2.5 years ago. I won't share all of the details originally posted here. I remember that labor was looooooong, and by "labor", I mean from the time contractions first started (10pm) to the time I saw my son (6am, two days later). After a full night's sleep, I woke up thinking/hoping that today would be the day. Contractions became more regular in the afternoon. I remember falling asleep during show about the Autobon on TV. Did you know that European cars don't have as many cup holders as American cars? Anyways, I woke up and decided we should probably have dinner. During an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, the contractions start coming more frequently, and we get the "ok" from our OB to head to the hospital. I think Alan and I might have had a small fight in the car on the way to the hospital. Haha. Of all the times, right? I am finally in a labor & delivery room around 10pm. The events between water breaking and seeing my baby boy were pretty blurry, you know, with the pain and all. I had a beautifully perfect, epidural-free labor planned out, and it went out the window when our sunny side up baby was not moving down the birth canal after three hours of scary pushing. I nearly gave-up when the OB said it was time for a C-section. I was angry at myself for not being able to delivery our son the way I wanted, but I also really wanted him to be out. At 6:34am, our little baby boy was born at 7 lbs, 2 oz. I was quite emotional after having an unplanned C-section, but after 2.5 years watching our dear boy grow up, those feelings are in the past. If I had to do it all again, I would have truly prepared myself for the real possibility of a C-section. I wouldn't have let birth classes have me believing that a vaginal birth was the only way to have a child. Thanks again for letting me guest post, Eva and Zi, and thank YOU for reading! Feel free to stop by expandng.com!

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    1. We are so happy to have you guest post!

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  2. Dang....Little J was stubborn from the get go! :) Two days in labor is quite long. At least you got to eat. I know when you are labor the doctors only allow ice chips, which is NOT filling whatsoever. LOL I'm scared with delivering a baby. I can't believe you had plan a epidural-free labor. Where you not scared? I would be super scared of the pain. I'm glad everything worked out, even thought your plan went out the door.

    Great story, Lisa!

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    1. LOL stubborn from the get go, haha. Most first babies take a long time to make their appearance. I wasn't scared not having an epidural because (1) I thought I had a high threshold for pain and (2) I had no idea how much childbirth actually hurt. Looking back, I wonder if I had had an epidural, if I would have been able to give birth vaginally. But I don't like to play "what ifs" anymore b/c our son is out and growing and thriving and it doesn't matter anymore. Thanks for reading, Jen!

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  3. Lisa, I didn't realize you knew Eva and Zi for so long. That is awesome! It's completely normal to feel upset or disappointed after not being about to deliver your baby the way you "planned." I don't think I know one mom, personally, that was able to do so. Thanks for sharing your story. You have an awesome little boy, for sure!

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    1. Hi Mandi, yea, it's amazing how long we've known one another. Thanks for the reminder that not all plans go as planned.

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