Looking back

My son is a year old today. It’s certainly true that time moves faster once you have children because the memories of the weekend he was born are still so fresh in my mind it just doesn’t seem possible that it was that long ago.

Pretty much anyone who has had a child has their own war stories to tell about the birth. It’s almost like a secret society: but you have to go through the initiation ceremony to gain access. Few people talk about the reality of giving birth to a baby for the simple reason that nobody wants to hear the truth about it and you only really understand once you’ve been through it yourself.

Our son was born at 7.31am on Sunday 20th December 2009, the culmination of a very long process that actually began on Thursday 17th. Along the way we (not that I personally had to endure this – how lucky we men are) took in a sweep, hormone gel, having the waters broken, a hormone drip, a botched epidural, an accelerated drip, another (successful) epidural, 12 hours of labour yielding nothing and then, finally, an emergency Caesarean. There were many other grisly details that I won’t go into here but when our son was pulled out and I heard his first cries I was a blubbering, shaking wreck. Mrs Sane, on the other hand, was out of her head on drugs and sleep deprivation. It was the most traumatic, worrying, bizarre, memorable and amazing weekend I have ever had and that was only the beginning of the hard work to come.

Fools that we are, we will have to put ourselves through the birth process again in April when our daughter is due. This time we know in advance that it will be by Caesarean so it should hopefully be much less traumatic.

But I remain astounded that something as commonplace as childbirth can be so complicated, dangerous and brutal. Surely it shouldn’t be this difficult?

All worth it of course.

Advertisements

Centrist. Atlanticist. Dry liberal. Anti-totalitarian. Post-ideological pragmatist. Child of The Enlightenment. Toucan.

Tagged with:
Posted in Uncategorized
5 comments on “Looking back
  1. ph says:

    Unlike yourself – the 16 years that have passed since the birth of child 1 (out of 3) have dragged ever so slowly.I am sure the 16 years prior to that just flew by!

  2. Citizen Sane says:

    16 years. Sweet lord.

  3. Sam says:

    Aw, congratulations! It seems like everyone is having babies these days. Very cute. Very creepy. Lovely all the same. 🙂 I wish both you and Mrs. Sane all the best.

  4. Citizen Sane says:

    Cheers Sam. Have a good Christmas. Or "Happy Holidays" as I believe you say Stateside.

  5. Sam says:

    Yeah, gotta be all politically correct over here innit. Happy Holidays y'all!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Citizen Sane
Citizen Sane
  • RT @NickCohen4: Corbyn: "I want to end austerity." Labour delegates: "But Brexit will make it worse." Corbyn: "Shut up, right now." 6 hours ago
  • @BDStanley Bring that ruckus. 14 hours ago
  • RT @DavidBowieReal: David Bowie’s "Heroes" single is forty years old today. Pull up a chair and read all about it here. It’s a long one: ht… 1 day ago
  • Ah, I see the credulous continue to seek nourishment from Jeremy Corbyn's flaccid teat. 1 day ago
  • @BDStanley That would be awful. Who would do such a thing? 1 day ago
Archives
Categories

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,305 other followers

%d bloggers like this: