1st baby....24 hours, head down, big tear (big ouch)
2nd baby...22 hours, breech then turned down at end, skid mark (still ouch)
3rd and 4th came together....
3rd baby...10 hours, bum first, no tear (over 8 pounds) THEN an hour and a half later....
4th baby...feet first, no tear (8 pounds 10 ounces), didn't breath for a while but with help of my wonderful, well-trained and instinctual midwife and friend, Alisa, he was fine.
so yeah, the third was totally different. labour was MUCh shorter, pushing was much longer and her cute little bum came out first. when she crowned (or rather bummed) she pee'd. It was really funny to look down and see a beautiful girl's bottom and this beautiful golden stream arcing out of me.
not sure that this helps...i agree that EVERY baby is a wildcard.