Call me crazy, but I truly loved pregnancy. And labor. And delivery. All of it. The hours of waiting, pacing, getting in the tub, out of the tub, sitting on the yoga ball … (Okay, I did NOT like going 24 hours without real food — I’ll admit that.) But perhaps the best part was knowing that in just a few hours, I was about to meet the person I’d created. A new human entering the world, with my DNA. Will they have my eyes? My stubbornness? Their dad’s sense of humor?
Famous or not, we all have these thoughts running through our heads in those moments leading up to birth. And Hollywood favorite Kristen Bell is no different. Bell recently honored her second daughter’s birthday bay sharing a few throwback photos of herself on Instagram, in the hours before meeting baby Delta for the first time. And once again, her candid and relatable take on motherhood gives us just one more reason to love her.
“Three years ago today,” the post reads. “47 lbs. heavier. Getting through painful contractions with back rubs and breathing. Occasionally swinging from the IV pole to try and feel sexy and open up my hips.”
Sounds about right. Her belly looks a lot like mine did, before I gave birth to my giant 9 lbs.+ babies. I can remember sitting on that yoga ball, too, munching on ice chips, my husband rubbing my back; but when he took out his camera, there was a smile on my face.
“After 36 hours of labor I met a girl I love more than all the molecules in all the world,” her post continues. “Happy Birthday, Delta. Love, Mom.”
And of course, because she’s Kristen Bell, she added a humorous hashtag we all recognize: #meshpanties.
Ah, yes. BEEN THERE. Thankfully, my first labor was the only one that was super long (24 hours) — but 36 gets you a gold star, KB! My other two were around 12 hours start to finish, as my body seemed to know the drill by then.
But yeah, those mesh panties. I had NO IDEA what a godsend those things are. To whomever invented these glorious gifts for postpartum mothers, I salute you. And I’d hug you if I could. Combined with the miraculous ice diaper my postpartum nurse introduced me to, my nether regions felt amazing (amazing being a relative term since I’d just pushed a watermelon out) during each of my hospital stays.
But the best part was meeting the new little humans I’d made — people I too love “more than all the molecules in the world.” A boy who “sneak-reads” in his bed after bedtime, a girl with the kindest heart I’ve ever known, and another boy who runs me ragged all day and gives the best snuggles at night. I look at pictures of those last few moments before I met my kids, and realize that each time, I had no idea how beautiful it was all going to be.
And that’s why the hours (or days) of labor, the contractions, the anger of watching our partners eat cheeseburgers while we only get ice chips, and seeing our bodies stretch, tear, and heal, are all worth it. Because for the rest of their lives, we can look back at those last few pictures and say, “See? There I am, with you in my belly. About to meet you. See that smile on my face? That’s joy in knowing you’d be in my arms soon.”
Thanks to Kristen Bell for this beautiful take on motherhood, and for the humorous hashtag usage as well.
#icediapers #sexy #epiduralfairy #momlifeisthebestlife