Well, he’s finally here! On November 10, 2014, I gave birth to my baby boy. In the comic, we’re going to call him “Sam”. Sam wasn’t born without a few difficulties. In fact, I’m currently updating this from the hospital; almost a week after Sam’s birth. Poor guy is in the NICU, but we believe things are improving and he’ll be home soon (fingers crossed!) I’ll give a bigger explanation about the birthing adventures of Sam, as soon as I collect my thoughts and put together his birth story.
I will say nothing really went as planned. I was hoping for a natural childbirth, but….the pain. Oh, the pain! I tapped out at 8 cm dilated and got the dreaded epidural. Again, the details of this are for another day, but for now I’ll say this: Having a baby hurts like hell.
If you’re a new reader of the comic, I typically try to do strips that are not necessarily specific to my experience, but obviously this one is about my personal experience in labor. Plenty of women have natural childbirths. I don’t know how they do it (Witchcraft?) but I’ve been told that it can, in fact, be accomplished.
Also, The Ricki Lake thing is a reference to her movie, The Business of Being Born. My husband didn’t get the joke, but I figured those of you who have ever tried for a natural childbirth know about it.