With my first, I just kept saying, "oh my sweet baby!!" over and over and kissing his head and telling him, "I love you!" But I was also thinking, "oh, I can't go through this ever again!" LOL! (was induced month early due to dangerous complications, tore and an episiotomy, failed epidural, broken tailbone...)
But big surprise, next time around I had a midwife. We were in the hospital, but no staff was allowed in the room besides my midwife.
I had a shower until his head crowned, LOL, then the midwife was like, "c'mon out! I didn't bring a swimsuit!" LOL and my dh helped me out. The whole birth was so amazing, so beautiful and so DIFFERENT from the first! No meds, no drugs, no complications, no tearing (even though it was a fast 4 hours from the first faint contraction to birth!) and just AWESOME! I felt so powerful and energized! He was born and all I could say was, "Thank you God!!" and I told my husband and midwife I wanted to do it again!! LOL!!! She said after how the first birth, she was very happy to hear that!
Love your babies mamas! I love reading these posts!