Wow!!! Congrats! Sounds like your experience was similar to mine. Dh laughs when I say birthing isn't really painful, just intense. But I know that's not my mind playing tricks on me because I remember thinking that while IN labor. At one point I thought, "I can see why some people might want drugs right now..." but that passed. The only part that I do remember as painful was crowning (YOWCHA) but that served to make the first few days of bfeeding seem like nothing.