Thursday, 19 May 2011

Now We Are Six

This time six years ago I was in pre labour. I walked over a kilometre to the supermarket to buy lemons to make Labouraid. I dropped into the DVD store to hire Sex and the City. I stood next to the rows of DVDs in a contraction and rode out that wave. I walked over a kilometre home, stopping intermittently as the intensity increased. I imagined that small babies head knock-knock-knocking on my cervix. I am the Queen of visualisation, thank you Marie Burrows.

I got home. I squeezed those lemons. I made the Labouraid. I spilt it all over the kitchen floor. Later it would explode over the floor of my sister's car on the ride to the birthing centre. Sorry about that, Choc.

I ate spaghetti bolognaise. I went to bed. I vomited up spaghetti bolognaise. I woke up later. I went into a darkened room. Matt turned the light on. I turned the light off. Matt turned the light on. I turned the light off. I laboured at home. The intensity turned up a notch or two. Matt turned on the light. I turned off the light and screeched "YOU BETTER START ANTICIPATING MY NEEDS!"

Matt called the midwife. The midwife told us to wait. I knew I couldn't wait any longer. Mother's instincts. My sister arrived. We three drove like the clappers at 5am down the highway, to the birthing centre, behind a garbage truck, in half light, into the tunnel, we drove. Every bump I felt as I continued riding those contractions.

We arrived and I tore off my clothes. It was all I could do. I got into that delicious bath. I laboured. We waited. Matt went to sleep. Matt woke up. I got too relaxed and my contractions stopped. I had to get out of the bath. I pushed. Two hours of pushing. I got tired. I screamed "COME ON!" like Lleyton Hewitt. And then I held that wee baby, I held that warm, beautiful, loved baby against my chest. That warmth.

I'd do it all again in a heartbeat for my beautiful soon-to-be six year old. My delightful, talkative, bright six year old.

17 comments:

Kat - TeamKitten said...

awwww so lovely! i love hearing birth stories - they never get old. And i always get so nostalgic and teary too. wonderful story - congrats on having a big six year old! xox

Vic said...

What a lovely birth story Lexi - thanks for sharing!

Which birth centre did you go to? I had Punk at the RPA birth centre & it was lovely. Painful as all hell, but lovely too. ;)

Mama Mogantosh said...

Beautiful birth story Lexi. And happy birthday, little guy!

deux chiens et un garcon said...

These stories always being a tear to my eyes.

Happy birthday young man.

jill

Mon Alisa Design said...

Happy birthday sweet boy :)

Shelley Trbuhovich said...

oh sweetheart - crying! well done mama, happy bday dr. x

Megan.K. said...

Oh Lexi, what a beautifully told birth story. And look how tiny and absolutely perfect he is in that photo.
Happy birthday Doc. Six - Wow!
xo

Adriana said...

So nice.
I love hearing birth stories.
I guess all mothers do...

Happy Birthday to the little man!

Michelle said...

So beautiful Lexi, I"m a little teary now. What a sweet tiny baby he was.

Happy Birthday to the Dr, hope you have a lovely day celebrating.

xx

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

yay! What a lovely story. I got to relaxed in the bath too!

toni said...

Happy Birthday Doctor!

Such a wonderful story.
Make sure you and Matt share a moment today. You both got your beautiful son to No.6. Deserves a wine, a kiss and a chocolate.
xxx

sophie said...

So beautiful Lexi - loved it. It's amazing how we can forget everything but those birth memories remain crystal clear.

fast times in m√ľnchen. said...

Aw Lexi, thanks for sharing. Wow, this sounds very similiar to Oli's birth story. The long (LONG!) labouring at home, the pushing for 2 hours, the gift of a beautiful boy at the end for all our hard work. Except our vid of choice was The Beach...i think.

Happy 6 years to the little man and happy 6 years to you mama.

xxx

Ps I can almost catch a whiff of that sweet new bub up there.

Hazel said...

happy birthday Dr!

patchworkoncentralpark said...

Your blog always makes me smile Lexi. Happy Birthday to your little one. Eat a lot of cake!

Little Pinwheel said...

happy number six! Makes me cry..... those beautiful memories. He had a whole lot of hair! Enjoy your weekend x

mama bear said...

I love that story Lex. And baby boy, he's so sweet and teeny. Happy sixth little Man. xx