Get Me Home

We had to leave immediately.

The pain was crushing; blinding.

I screamed out for help from the bedroom, the urgency in my voice echoing off of the walls, begging for relief. The walk to the car a blur, we drove through red lights, around slower vehicles, and ignored speed limits.

The throbbing stabs ripped through my ribs.

I just wanted to be home.

We were met at the door by a nurse with a wheel chair, her soothing demeanour meant to relax her patients, her confidence reassuring.  Apprehension washed over me as nurses surrounded me. Tubes and monitors were attached, charts read, and needles inserted. All the while the pain increased.

Did I make a mistake? Should I have stayed at home?

I squeezed the hands that were offered and breathed. I Concentrated.

And then.

The pain disappeared.

I opened my eyes and in front of me laid my daughter. Her beautiful pink body sprawled out on my stomach, eyes open, and hand in mine.

My heart filled with a love I never could have imagined.

And then I realized we were already home.


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42 Responses to Get Me Home
  1. TheMHalf
    August 19, 2011 | 7:19 am

    Nicely done! Welcome to your daughter. Visiting from Red Writing Hood.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:58 am

      Thank you!
      16 months has flown by. It feels like just yesterday

  2. Lady Estrogen
    August 19, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    You and your easy child birth!!! Haha.

    Very nice. Lovely.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:58 am

      I can not compare to you.
      I don’t know how you do/did it friend.

  3. Kimberly
    August 19, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    Beautiful friend. Home is where your heart is…always

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:57 am

      Thank you Kimberly!
      You’ve got it!

  4. My Pajama Days
    August 19, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    Loved it! I can totally relate because both of my girls were early. The first one was almost 9 weeks early and the second was 4 weeks early (6 weeks of bed rest though). When they were ready to come, it was with lightening speed.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:57 am

      It happened fast once she was ready.
      I have no bad memories from that day!

  5. Roxanne
    August 19, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    That was so sweet.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:56 am

      Thank you Roxanne!

  6. Runnermom-jen
    August 19, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    Yes!! This is beautiful! I felt the same way 🙂 Beautiful post!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:54 am

      Thank you Jen.
      Its a changing moment isn’t it.

  7. Rach (DonutsMama)
    August 19, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    Oh, childbirth. It truly is the agony and the ecstasy.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:51 am

      You know it Rach.. and that’s only the tip of the ice berg.

  8. Sarcasm Goddess
    August 19, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    So beautiful! Great story and well written!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:51 am

      Thank you so much, I’m flattered.

  9. Bits of Bee
    August 19, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Beautifully written!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:51 am

      THANK YOU!!
      so glad you came by!

  10. angela
    August 19, 2011 | 7:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, so well written. Was it really as quick as it seems here? Because if yes, I am a little jealous 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:47 am

      Thank you so much Angela!
      Yes it was quick (my labour was 8 hrs but the active labour was 15 minutes)

  11. Leigh Ann
    August 19, 2011 | 7:45 pm

    Fast paced yet beautiful.
    I kinda hoped it was going to be your gallbladder that they laid on your chest.
    just kidding! Well done!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:46 am

      you are so gross.
      Imagine if they did that while I was unconscious.

  12. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    August 19, 2011 | 8:46 pm

    I had a totally different labour (actually, I had no labour, but anyway…) but I know just what you mean. This is fabulous.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:46 am

      I was lucky and have nothing bad to say about mine. Okay yes I do.
      But that’s another blog.

  13. Natalie @ Mama Track
    August 19, 2011 | 9:09 pm

    This is so beautiful. I love that you used the post for your birth story. What a great idea!

    And your imagery is so vivid. Well done!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 20, 2011 | 8:43 am

      THANK you so Muck Natalie!! That means a lot!!

  14. Kelley
    August 20, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Awww!! Isn’t this the sweetest thing ever?? Loved your post. 🙂

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 21, 2011 | 10:50 am

      Thanks Kelley!! you doll

  15. Theresa
    August 20, 2011 | 11:30 am

    The more I read about other people’s labour, the more I am happy about my c-sections. Both my kids were breech. Yay! Sorry for all the pain you ladies had…

  16. Karen @ Time Crafted
    August 20, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    What a fantastic way to capture the urgency, relief, and love of a birth story! :>

  17. Cheryl @ Mommypants
    August 20, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Aw…nothing like a baby to remind you what home really is.

    of course, I had my last two babies at home, so we were literally already home. 😉

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 21, 2011 | 10:48 am

      You are a strong woman!!
      I needed the drugs!!

  18. CDG @ Move Over Mary Poppins!
    August 20, 2011 | 6:22 pm

    This prompt inspired so many birth stories. I love it. And I’m glad for you that it turned out so (relatively) simply!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 21, 2011 | 10:47 am

      There was really nothing I can complain about.
      And the food was good too!

  19. Lindsay
    August 21, 2011 | 8:15 am

    That rush of emotions is overwhelming isn’t it?
    Excitement, fear, helplessness, joy…
    such a beautiful time.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 21, 2011 | 10:45 am

      There’s nothing like it.
      And nothing can prepare you!

  20. Kir
    August 21, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Wow! So good and the descriptions and the surprise ending all worked to make this so good. I was hooked from the beginning , the choice of words just roping me in. Great job!!!

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 21, 2011 | 10:45 am

      Thanks Kir.
      I’m so flattered you liked it.

  21. Alexandra
    August 21, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    You captured that first time perfectly.

    The excitement, the fear, the joy, the apprehension:

    I am so lucky to have had that in my life.

  22. Elaine
    August 21, 2011 | 11:02 pm

    I like the sense of urgency that you give right off the bat.

    I really like the way you took the prompt. So relatable, so real.

  23. Julie @ mamamash
    August 22, 2011 | 7:43 pm

    There are so many ways to become a mother, but I wonder if we all feel that same rush when we see our babies for the first time.

    I like how you put it into words. I never could.

    • multitaskingmumma
      August 26, 2011 | 10:15 pm

      I have so many different ways that I want to put it into words. There are hundreds of different stories in my head because I felt hundreds of different feelings.

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