So airskull.com aka IrishMum, had a post a while back about how her Hubby handled the birth of their four boys.
Bless his heart. Having said that, women with “special” husbands really shouldn’t judge.
Though my husband took to childbirth in a much less squeamish manner, it was no less amusing in retrospect. (at the time, I probably wasn’t as amused by his antics as I am now.)
With our first child, our lovely daughter, it was a fairly standard delivery. Sure there were small hiccups but certainly nothing unusual. (the cord was wrapped around her little neck, which was uncomfortable for ME, and then I tore in ways we aren’t supposed to tear- the wrong direction, I had what they term a clitoral tear because I tore upwards instead of downwards. 3 shots of local and 45 min of stitching. Yeah, so not fun.)
The whole time he was rather sweet (he apologised profusely saying he had no idea how much pain child birth could inflict-and I had it relatively easy), although he was also rather giggly on account of him sucking on the gas. He ate my meal. But he rubbed my back and fed me ice chips and helped me in and out of the bath.
After six hours our daughter was born and I pretty much didn’t see him after that for about 2 hours as he took hold of his girl and wouldn’t let her out of his sight.
With our second child, he was born quite fast. Although we spent the night in the hospital. I knew it was time, but I was only 4cm dilated. I was in no pain, I was having regular contractions (they just didn’t hurt very much) and I knew I was having this baby very soon. The nurse humoured me and gave me a sleeping tablet as she thought I was hours away. The man curled up on a bean bag in the birthing suite that might have had about four beans in it and I curled up on the bed. I woke up two hours later when my water broke and our second child was born 75 minutes later. I had some minor tears this time (none requiring stitches thankfully) and you can colour me unimpressed as the man had decided to capture this one on video. (I still haven’t watched it. Mostly because we no longer own a video player)
So far so good right.
Then I got pregnant with Doodle Bug.
The man decided he’d seen enough childbirth by now to believe he could deliver this child on his own. He even asked my doctor who said sure, I see no reason why not. (I could see LOTS of reason why not but who listens to a pregnant woman, we’re insane right?)
Throughout my whole pregnancy there was a Sanitarium ad on tv where people would shout “Kick it to me” and some one would kick a ball to them…so he would say kick it to me to my growing belly and as the Bug boy got bigger he would start kicking me whenever he heard his Daddy say “Kick it to me”. (Really frustrating when I am trying to sleep.)
I was 42 and a half weeks pregnant and I was hooked up to a monitor while they placed the gel to induce me.
The monitor went crazy. Contractions galore but I didn’t feel a single one of them. Zilch. Nada. Four hours later the Doctor comes back to check my progress and I am unchanged. I am 9cm dilated. But still not feeling the contractions. (they felt more like braxton hicks, just a tightening) So the Doctor suggests we try breaking my waters. I was a little hesitant. I think what made my prior births so simple was that they were wet births, my waters break about on hour or two before I give birth, so I was reluctant to force my waters to break in case it took hours for my body to catch up. But I ended up agreeing.
Well, when the Doc pulled out the hook he was going to use to break my waters, apparently my eyes did a kind of cartoon bugging out thing that sent my husband into hysterics. He was laughing so hard he fell off his chair and the midwife, who had seen my eyes and my husbands reaction started kicking him and hissing at him to shut up. I stopped caring what he was doing when I felt the pop. I had never been hit by such an instantaneous wall of pain. It was the most horrendous thing I have ever felt. I may not feel my catractions before the second stage of birth but I sure as hell felt them now.
The Doctor walked out assuming I would take a few hours now that my waters had been ruptured. So the man “takes over”.
I had a midwife holding my hand and talking to me in soft encouraging murmurs. The other midwife was down the other end trying to do her job whilst keeping a tight reign on my husband who was rubbing his hands together and screeching “Kick it to me” at my crotch. I could hear the midwife slapping him and trying not to laugh. But he was there to catch the Buglet and cut the cord and the doctor waltzed in 20 minutes after the birth. (He was gone for just over an hour and a half) So as far as the man is concerned, he delivered The Buglet.
I will never forget those two lovely midwives and I know they will never forget us. I chose to stay my full five days in hospital with this one. He slept on my chest, was permanently attached to me in some ways from the moment his Daddy placed him in my arms until he turned 6 months old. I loved those first five days of just him and me, chest to chest . I missed that with our daughter, she was permanently chest to chest with her Daddy, and my oldest boy, he was constantly in and out of hospital due to a congenital eye abnormality that required close monitoring (and a nasty case of RSV he contracted at 2months) so I was constantly fighting for cuddles with smitten nurses!
So that us. The harvesting of our crotch fruits. The mans evolution from apologetic support to comic relief. He’s just lucky he’s so darn cute and a really great Dad.