Monday, October 23, 2006

You'll laugh about it later...

My method of pain management during labor is relaxation. It is extremely difficult towards the end of labor, as contractions get longer and stronger, but definitely doable. This isn't to say the contractions ever stop hurting, but they are manageable if you can get your body to relax.

Lately, Emma is really into princess music. We listen to our assortment of Disney princess songs at least 3 times a day, so some of the songs really stick in my head. My current favorite is the "Belle" song, from Beauty and the Beast.

I tend to have one of those brains that can't concentrate on only one thing at a time. If I am on the phone too long, my mind sometimes wanders; or during boring ward council meetings I find myself thinking about lots of other things. So you can imagine my surprise when during a particularly strong contraction, I suddenly found the "Belle" song going through my head. It completely wrecked my concentration... Instead of thinking about relaxing my limbs, I was trying to get this ridiculous song out of my head.

Luckily, that was only for one contraction... After that I was back on track... Until...

4 comments:

Leslie said...

until what? the next contraction? is there another installment? what song, "there's something sweet, and almost kind . . ." oh man! :)

Carla said...

Just reading about contractions makes me tense up! I'm glad it went 'well' for you this time around. I'm glad I wasn't there. I can't stand the thought of you girls in pain. ouch!

Judy said...

doh.

Jenny said...

I love hearing about birth stories. It seems like things that happen while you're in labor get engraved in your mind. I can't watch Friends without thinking how annoying it was to watch without sound while I was trying to concentrate on Maxwell's contractions. I'm glad your labor and delivery went well. I hope wel'l get to hear more about it. :)