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

June 24, 2011 at 3:50 PM ET

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!

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