It was cold, rainy and still dark out when I felt the contractions start. Hell, I don't get out of bed that early when it's warm, sunny and light out. I could hear the Birth Gods laughing as I stumbled around trying to find clothes in the dark and wake up my sperm donor. We get outside to the car and I froze. I was NOT going in my snazzy new red sports car and take a chance on getting any type of birth juice on the fine leather seats that cost me a small fortune. I quickly rerouted to the sperm donor's car, he grumbled and moaned but by that time I was firmly planted into the passenger seat and one look at my face told him it would be in his best interest to just get in and drive. We had to stop and get gas. What?! I have been nine months pregnant for the last 17 months and you don't have gas in your car?! I calmed down some when the smell of fine cuisine coming from the gas station dining area wafted across my nose. A sausage and egg biscuit was just what I needed. The sperm donor informed me I wasn't suppose to eat anything. I informed him he was an idiot who had contributed very little to this whole ordeal and that I would have cheese with my biscuit too. Finally we were gassed up, sausaged up and ready to roll.
We went in through the emergency room because even hospitals don't have all their doors unlocked at that ungodly hour. I brushed the crumbs off my face and informed them I was in labor. The triage nurse looked at me and ask: "Are you due yet?" Fighting the urge to rip her face off I
Upstairs they felt the need to ask more questions and wanted me to fill out paperwork, I felt the need to do neither and asked for drugs. It's was a standoff. One of the idiots told me they couldn't deliver the baby if didn't fill out their paperwork. Really? We shall see. They finally caved, as if they had any other choice and took me to my room. I called my best friend, I needed someone there who felt and thought like I did, I needed someone not to terribly attached to this child yet. I wanted someone that could sneak in the nursery if it was ugly and swap it for a cute one. I had not held out much hope since seeing the sonograms pictures. Plus she had flask of wine and snacks in her purse. Did I mention I love this girl? Several trips to the "bathroom" with my best friend later and I felt as if I could birth a small elephant while applying make up and planning a vacation. Then they told me I was too far into labor for an epidural. Now for most that would have been devastating news, not so much for me, I was prepared for this situation. I had wine!
The baby decided he wasn't too sure about coming out since by now he was pretty sure his mother was a wino and his Auntie was a nut case so he refused to budge. He could not be convinced, coaxed or bribed, to come out and held his ground. I could visualize his tiny hands, both clutching the placenta for dear life and screaming "NO! Let me stay, please just let me stay in here, these people are crazy!" Not in my womb boy, you are officially evicted, not get your shit and get out! He refused. I asked for my doctor and informed him that one of us was taking that baby out of there and it was his decision as to whether he did the C-Section or I did it, but it was getting done. Wine gives you a wonderful sense of bravado. He thought it might be better if he did it and off we go.
An epidural? An hour ago they tell me I am too far into labor for an epidural and now they wanted to give me one? If it wasn't going to work the hour before, I had no faith it would work then either. No thanks, I wanted them to put me to sleep. After 5 minutes of listening to my drunken whining they agreed and happily knocked me out with the warning: "You realize you won' t see your baby right away, don't you?" Uh...yeah...they don't age that quick, can you push that medicine in a little faster?
Out of recovery and back in my room they came in to remind me I had not signed any papers before delivery and it was important that I signed them right that minute. I asked them exactly what the papers were for and they told me it was to give them permission to deliver my baby. I swear it was like manna from heaven for a sarcastic bitch like me! I asked her what would happen if I refused to sign those papers considering they had already split my stomach open with a rusty chainsaw and delivered said baby. She spit and sputtered and then said: "Well, you HAVE to sign them now", I replied: "Hmmm....no right now I feel a little hungover and something doesn't "feel right", I need to sleep", at which time I rolled over and went to sleep. I didn't sign those papers for the next 3 days, I did however receive excellent ass kissing care for the entire time of my hospital stay.
On the second day they came in and ask if I wanted a set of newborn photo's made of my baby for the low, low amount of $150.00. The hospital photographer was entirely too chipper for me. I was in pain and still in the throws of a hangover having finished the rest of the wine sometime after midnight the night before to relieve the original hangover symptoms. Wine-it's a viscous cycle. I let him go through his whole sales pitch, looked at all his pictures and then informed him that since this baby didn't look all that much different than the other 3 had at birth that we had decided just to recycle one of their newborn photos, that people usually just commented on "that massive glob of long, thick black hair" and from the distance those photo's were taken they all looked like baby chimpanzee's anyway (I swear my kids all looked like they skipped a few links in the evolution chain at birth) so we didn't think anyone would notice the difference. Poor guy didn't even know how to answer me. I didn't bother to tell him my husband had already bought 2 of those photo packages earlier that morning. So if any of you readers are designing brochures for a local zoo and you don't need close-ups we have plenty of left over pictures you can use.
My sister came a few minutes after the photographer left and my next assault was a nurse wanting information for the birth certificate. More manna from heaven! She wanted to know the parents full names. I turned to my sister and asked which one of the men at the party she thought the baby looked the most like and we would just go with that one. I did in the end give her my husband's name but her looks of pity every time she saw him after that were enough to
The third day was fairly uneventful. By now most of the nurses had learned to stay out of my room unless I asked them to enter. They knew it was only going to frustrate them and I was not going to sign those papers until I was good and ready and the legal department came to suck up some more. The only time it was safe to enter and not be harassed in some form was when it was time to dispense the pain medication. I am also fairly certain their libral use of the pain medication was their vain attempt at keeping me pleasant.
On the fourth day, and much to the relief of staff, we were discharged. I did finally sign those papers that morning before leaving, after all I wasn't going to be there to watch them squirm, which was my only reason for not signing up until then. I did however appreciate the balls one of the nurses showed when she told me that if I ever got pregnant again that the rival hospital across town had an excellent OB department.
Sidenote-I am reasonably certain that my friend did not have to switch my baby for a cuter one. We never speak directly of this. There have been a few times over his years with us that have given me pause for concern. Based on the actions of my others, he did exhibit foreign behaviors that made you wonder if he could possibly have been the love child of Martha Stewart and Mr. Clean. I don't care how many times someone tells you it is OK, you have to worry about a kic that cleans his room.