Today’s Telling Stories is from Michelle, the brilliant mama behind the blog, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom. Michelle is a Stay-at-Home Mom to two boys, Noah, 3, and Isaac, 6 months. She is happily married to her husband Brian and they live in north Georgia. When she isn’t stuffing cloth diapers or playing race cars she loves to write her blog! She loves to write about her boys and things like cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and babywearing, and she also has some fun reviews and giveaways!

No Two Births are Alike
I’ve always heard that no two pregnancies are alike but this is true for childbirth also. Yes, they all have certain similarities but there are also very different attributes to the birth of each baby. I found this to be true with the birth of my two sons.

When I gave birth to Noah it took 22 hours of long and miserable induced labor. My blood pressure had begun to rise a little more each week starting at about 36 weeks. At my 38 week checkup they decided to do a 24-hour urine catch to test for preeclampsia. That was a Monday. They said if the results were positive I’d be induced Thursday. Well Tuesday I called the doctor because I had a headache that would not go away with Tylenol. They told me to come in to check my blood pressure and it was sky high! They sent me straight to the hospital to be induced! After a long 22 hours, on April 22, 2009, with an epidural that barely worked (I could feel the doctor stitching me up!) and no sleep for over 30 hours, Noah was born weighing 6lbs 4oz. I was so exhausted and sick through the whole experience that I barely could enjoy my sweet baby once he was born. It was a beautiful birth, just very long and exhausting.

With my second baby boy, Isaac, I was so worried the birth experience would be the same. Through the entire pregnancy I worried about getting preeclampsia even though my doctors told me it was unlikely. I wanted so desperately to go into labor on my own and any time my doctor brought up induction I told him no and changed the subject. I prayed and hoped I would just go into labor naturally and have an easy labor. Well all my prayers were heard because on November 17, 2011 my water broke! We went in to the hospital around 6pm that night. I had contractions that day but after my water broke they started to really get painful. At around 11pm I asked for an epidural (that worked so well!) and was able to get a little bit of sleep (more like rest). At about 2:45 am the nurse came in to check me and I was almost at 10cm! So everything was set up and I pushed for about 20 minutes and my sweet Isaac was born at 3:21am on November 18, 2011 weighing 6lbs 14oz! It was SO much easier than Noah’s birth and I was so happy!

Both of my birth experiences were beautiful and special in their own way. Both of my babies are amazing! But I have learned through firsthand experience that no two births are completely alike, but yet still have the most wonderful result! And my life is so complete now with my two sweet and silly boys!

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Bert Anderson is a blogger and social media manager mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She’s the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or 19, there’s a first time for everything. She’s a lover of coffee, conversations, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.

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