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August 18th, 2012, 09:49 AM
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How do you remember the births of each of your children? Do you remember clear as day? Is it a bit fuzzy? Do you think there were any factors to affect this (meds, speed of labor, etc)?
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August 18th, 2012, 10:03 AM
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There are huge chunks of my labor that I don't remember. In fact, all of it is pretty fuzzy. The memories I do have are good ones and I remember it as a wonderful experience overall. I attribute it to Hypnobabies doing it's job and being in la la labor land in general

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August 18th, 2012, 01:19 PM
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I remember Vi's the most - you don't forget 3 hours of pushing Grant's was fast (just over 4.5 hours) and even though it was just 3 months ago, I don't remember a lot. Lily's is fuzzy to me as well, but hers was 4 years ago. Once we got to the hospital, it just went really quickly.

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August 18th, 2012, 01:43 PM
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I remember them both pretty clealy. I think I forgot a lot of the details of after Kennedy was born once the midwife told us about her having Down syndrome. I was scared to death and everything was a blur.

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August 19th, 2012, 08:51 AM
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I remember both of mine really clearly. I don't know why. They were both pretty decent length labors, with easy "milestones" that helped me keep time. So maybe that helped me remember? It made writing a birth story pretty easy!
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August 19th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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I remember both of my children's births clearly. I also made it a point to write a birth story as quickly as possible after they were born.

Both kids I had easy time milestones to remember. With DD1, we have a picture of the clock when we started pitocin. I started having strong contractions at lunch time (because I couldn't eat my broth, ice pop, and jello), etc. DD2, I just remember waking once an hour from 12-3am and unable to fall back asleep. I looked on my phone log and contraction app to kind of figure out times afterwords. I'm a detail person and I like to document all of the small things...LOL!
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August 19th, 2012, 12:02 PM
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I remember every detail of Daniel's, but not for good reasons. I can't even say the classic "it was all worth it when I got to hold him in my arms at the end of it", because I didn't, I didn't even know if he had made it for three hours, and didn't get to hold him for a further 2 days. I have tried working through it with various different types of fear release exercises, meditations, etc during this pregnancy, but the whole thing broke my heart and I don't think I will ever forget.

I just hope against hope this one will be better.

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August 20th, 2012, 02:09 PM
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I remember bits and pieces clear as day but there are a few hours of mine that I have no clue what happened. I ask DF all the time, what happened here or what happened there lol? Crazy how you can forget that much. DF says all the time that I'm crazy for going through something that my body creates a hormone/chemical for to make me forget how painful it was lol. Whatever, the parts I remember were amazing but challenging at the same time. I will never forget transition though. I remember every little detail of that part. It was intense and painful to me (the pressure was insane) and being forced to hold him in for 45 minutes, never again will I do that. When my body says to push, I will push. I hate that I can't remember everything. It all happened so fast and labor came on so strong so soon that I became very inward immediately. I don't remember speaking a whole sentence for 11 hours. My mom was so pissed at me cause we never updated during labor. I texted her when my water broke and that was it. I remember at times hearing my phone go off and I remember telling Dave to throw it out the window lol.
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August 20th, 2012, 08:10 PM
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I remember them both clear as day. ds2's though took awhile because I was on such a birth high that it felt like it was a dream. But now that it's been 2 years I remember it clear as day.
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