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Your birth story, in 3 words. How about O.M.G?

All moms tell birth stories, but as fascinating as they might be to us, the blow-by-blow versions are usually more than most people want to hear. As a writer, I’m a big believer in the theory of “less is more.” Sometimes, you have to pare a story down to its bones to make the biggest impact. Take the famous, six-word story purportedly written by Ernest Hemmingway, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

In the tradition of Hemmingway’s frugality, or maybe a Zen-like tendency, I’d like to invite you to share your three-word birth story in the comments below. Let’s see how many different ways we can capture the birth experience in a mere three words.

To get you started, here are some that were penned by personal friends of mine:

Conceive. Breathe. Achieve. – Wendy Thomas, mother of six kids and a flock of hens, writer, author of the blog Lessons Learned from the Flock.

Again? Now? Really? – Jane Roper, mother of twins, author of the newly released book Eden Lake, and the baby squared blog on Babble.

Whoosh. Spasm. Transform. – Heather Rubesch, friend and colleague on the birth of her son, Jacob

So completely unexpected.Michele Linn, friend, colleague, and soon-to-be second-time mommy on the birth of her first daughter

Epidural? Too late! – Tracy Mayor, author of the fabulously funny book, Mommy Prayers , writer and editor at Brain, Child magazine

No turning back. – Yours truly

Pitocin. Panic. Perfection. - My dear friend, “Shangrila”

Panic, determination, joy. – Mutual friend of mine and Shangrila’s – LMN

Share your three-word birth story in the comments. Have fun!

This post comes to us from our friends at BabyCenter's Momformation blog. For more from Momformation, check out these posts:
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