Even though this is my third time in the labor rodeo, it was really helpful to read this. My last labor was so intense - 4 hours from start to finish, much like most of our earlybirds here - that I've been afraid of doing labor that intense again. But what you said it absolutely true - there were breaks of laughing and talking and while I had to intensely focus during the contractions themselves, they were bearable. Definitely uncomfortable, but bearable.
8/31/13 at 4:28pm