You've probably noticed already how no one can say WORD ONE about a childbirth experience without LOTS of other people chiming in. There's a certain "flock of chickens" charm to it. I notice it most often with a new mother who is trying to tell her childbirth story, and she gets to say only about half a sentence at a time because all the other mothers keep jumping in to say how that half a sentence is or is not the same as how their labors went. It's automatic and unpreventable, and it MATTERS NOT if you have heard these stories MANY TIMES BEFORE: you will hear them again anyway.
I was thinking about this yesterday when I saw Jonniker's Twitter update about how she was off to Labor & Delivery because her water had broken with a weird pop first thing that morning---and I was irresistibly compelled to EMAIL HER to tell her that OMG, that's how MY first labor started over ten years ago WE ARE PRACTICALLY SISTERS!!! Now I'm picturing that weird little email sitting in her inbox while she's, you know, GIVING BIRTH, and unaware as yet of this AMAZING COINCIDENCE. Maybe I should see if I can find out the number of her hospital? Or I could just contact the local news.
Well. Anyway. Here is the question I have for you today: If YOU have ever gone into labor, how did it start? What was the FIRST THING? Feeling funny? A contraction? Water breaking? Did it wake you in the middle of the night, or was it first thing in the morning, or were you going about your day, or were you at a doctor appointment? Did you know right away that it was labor, or did you look back afterward and say, "AH yes! That WAS labor!"
If you've never gone into labor but are eager to join in the discussion (I myself feel a little sad if there's a question and I'm not eligible to answer it), you could also write about what was the first thing that happened in your mother's labor with YOU, or the first thing that happened in a friend or relative's labor. Everyone can play!
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