You spend the best part of nine months waiting for the first moment you see your baby. Nine months of excitement and terror in equal measure. You spend the last few weeks begging them to come out NOW. Then you abruptly change your mind after the labour starts and decide they can stay put. You expect an out pour of emotion, a rush of love, tears. But in reality, whether your baby was pushed out, pulled out, or meditated out, after the unique experience of labour, your first thoughts after giving birth might not be what you expect them to be.
We didn’t find out the gender of either of our children, so I expected my first thoughts after giving birth to be centred around whether it was a pink or a blue one. The reality was those thoughts were way down the list!
My first thoughts after giving birth…
With my first son I was in theatre for an emergency forceps delivery. I felt relief after hearing him cry. He was handed to my husband, where he continued to cry. As I lay on the bed shivering with blankets being piled on top of me, I looked over at my husband cradling our new born son with tears streaming down his face, my honest thoughts were “Man that baby is loud. How do you make him stop!” Of course when he was finally placed in my arms I got the rush of love.
With my second son things happened some what quickly and I just remember being shell shocked and wondering what the hell just happened. The midwife asked if we knew what we had had and the husband and I nodded our heads and said “A baby”. After telling us our baby was in fact a boy, my first coherent thoughts were that he was tiny and I loved him. I then had such a rush of feeling so empowered and incredible. Then the midwife started the stitches and my son weed on me and I was back to earth!
What everyone else thought…
I reached out to some fellow bloggers to find out what their first thoughts after giving birth were. They contained a lot of WTF’s, OMG’S and vaginas! Take a read for yourself…
1 Wow. This is new.
2 Oh my God there’s an actual baby!
3 I just hoped they were ok. My twins were born 6 weeks early so it was mainly worry.
5 “That wasn’t so bad. WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU WANT TO STITCH UP MY VAGINA??”
Followed about an hour later by “you want to put paracetamol WHERE?”
6 I love you.
7 I had a c-section and then they took her over to be weighed and I wrenched my shoulder trying to see her so it was something like “Shit where is my baby, ow, that hurts”.
8 What a shame you’ll be an only child because I’m never doing that again. (But of course I did!)
9 What the hell am I supposed to do?
10 After over 40 hours in labour “you’re finally here!” quickly followed by “he weighs how much?!” (10lb 3oz!)
11 Thank god you arrived in a hospital and not in the lay-by!
12 “Will he be ok?” as he was born in an emergency situation and was taken away to help him get breathing (he was fine in the end!)
13 How bad is the damage? How big is he?
14 ‘Where are you going?!?’ as my husband had to leave fairly sharpish afterwards as per the hospital rules. There’s nothing more terrifying than being left in sole charge of a tiny new life when your body is screaming for sleep.
16 She made it.
17 “It’s a girl!” Then, to my husband: “is it? Or are they balls?” (They weren’t balls. It was a girl)
18 What the hell just happened?! Where is my baby?
19 You are my baby. I love you.
20 “I can’t believe I just had a baby, it doesn’t feel real.” followed by confused looks at my cone-headed, purple tinged child and lots of out of body feelings!
21 Four years on I still remember exactly how he felt as he was born, and he looked long and thin, and not unlike a skinned rabbit.
22 Number one: “You’re finally here!” I had a traumatic miscarriage before my daughter was born and I was so anxious during pregnancy. I found it hard to let myself believe there would actually be a baby in case there wasn’t.
Number two: also “you’re finally here” but because it was a 65 hour labour (compared to 28 hours for number one – don’t believe people who day second labours are always quicker).
Number three: “I’ll never get to birth a baby again, sob.” (He’s our last.)
24 What the hell – it’s an actual real baby! (5 minutes later…) oh yeah, what gender is it!?
25 My first thought was “after that I can do absolutely anything” I felt so empowered.
26 Is my fanny ok?!! Lol…seriously! I had a 3rd degree tear and was pretty aware something wasn’t quite right, bit shell shocked
27 Wow-he’s here! I can finally cuddle him
28 Mine was the standard OMG! how many fingers does she have, wow that’s a lot of blood, OMG! my wife’s gone pale. *starts crying with emotion. Just me then.
29 After my first it was “wow, you’re here!” after my second I actually said to my husband “snip snip” and I can’t blame it on drugs as I delivered without pain relief.
30 “Thank god that’s over!” And I’m a midwife!
31 It’s a boy? Are you sure? Yup definitely a boy! What a funny shaped head he has.
32 Girl or boy??? My fiancé told me we’d had a boy. We didn’t – he was looking at the umbilical cord! I was so confused for a few seconds but over the moon either way! The midwives were wetting themselves.
33 I just remember feeling the most overwhelming feeling of relief – I’d got myself worked up that it was all going to end badly, but hearing that little baby cry felt like the most magical moment of all. And then I was desperately waiting for my husband to tell me if we had a son or daughter!
34 I thought “OMG! OMG!” I was so happy and overwhelmed, and glad it was over, but then finding out I still had to get the placenta out. That is not a pleasant experience, especially when you think you’re done!
Vag-anus: such bad tearing its all just one now
36 That will be the last time I do that. Literally turned to my husband and said “I’m sorry Neil but this will be our last baby”.
I changed my mind the next day of course!
37 “Book my husband in for a vasectomy please nurse”.
38 Has baby got all its fingers and toes? Oh and is a boy or girl?
39 “Does my vagina look like a ripped sofa?” I was pretty high at the time.
40 I had an emergency c – section with spinal block and my first thought was I can’t hear her cry, is she ok? Followed promptly by panic that I couldn’t feel any of my body!
41 When I had my first I just remember thinking she was so long as the midwife went to put her on my chest. I was just amazed that my body had just produced this baby. With my second, I was just in a daze and wasn’t thinking much at all – think I utterly tripped out on gas and air!
42 OMG! it’s a boy! Everyone was so convinced it was a girl, we thought so too!
43 WTF just happened? while lying on my living room floor with my baby after an unplanned home birth!
44 “SHIT he’s got red hair!”
45 I had a home water birth and the moment my son was born the midwife told me I needed to pick him up out of the water. I was so out of it after two hours of pushing my first words were…
46 “Oh my god she’s huge” after which the midwife and my husband proceeded to tell me she was tiny – 5lb 14oz. She felt huge to me after pushing her out I can tell you!
47 I said and thought “What a relief” (It really was, he was 10lb 9)
48 I just cried, which isn’t something I do! I was surprised by how big he was 8.6 but his head was a bit swollen so he looked even bigger. Then I threw up all over my hair and the pillow.!!
49 Initially relief following a complicated 47 hour labour. Then how apt it was my daughter arrived to the sound of the Salvation Army singing Good King Wenceslas outside the delivery suite. She was born on Christmas Day 2010.
50 I was spaced out on all the drugs and drama I just kept repeating “It’s a baby. A real baby”.
51 Wow my body suddenly feels so empty. Look at my little baby! Is that a willy?!
What were your first thoughts?
Thanks to these awesome contributors…
1 lesbemums 2 Five Little Doves 3 Twin Mummy & Daddy 4 All Things Spliced 5 Mama, Eden & Me 6 Scandi Mummy 7 Whinge Whine Wine 8 Business For Mums 9 Raising The Rings 10 Something About Baby 11 Dear Bear and Beany 12 Odd Hogg 13 White and Green Beans 14 Pass The Wine Please 15 Sophie’s Nursery 16 Katy Kicker 17 Mouse Moo & Me Too 18 Pink Pear Bear 19 Monkey and Mouse 20 Devon Mama 21 Babyfoote 22 Cardiff Mummy Says 23 The Incidental Parent 24 Muffin Top Mummy
25 Wonderful Chaos 26 Beautiful Things 27 Dillydrops 28 Corporate Dad 29 Pickle & Poppet 30 Mumsy Midwife 31 Mum Guilt 32 Confessions of a Working Mum 33 Little Pickle’s Mom 34 Whimsical Mumblings 35 Porridge & Parenting 36 Mummy to Dex 37 NELC3 38 Teddy Bears & Cardigans 39 Bespoke Buckley 40 Living Life Our Way 41 Edinburgh Life With kids 42 Sit Still Monkeys 43 A Slice Of My Life 44 Five Little Stars 45 Pushing The Moon 46 Somewhere After The Rainbow 47 Accidental Hipster Mum 48 Two Hearts One Roof 49 Pod Cast Dove 50 Life With Baby Kicks 51 Big Trouble In Little Nappies
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