If you've heard one birth story, you've heard them all, right? Wrong. One, because every birth story is wildly different from the next. And two, you clearly haven't read a renowned comedian's take on childbirth. This is why Iliza Shlesinger's latest Instagram post is a must-read.
Shlesinger, an actress and comedian, welcomed her first child on Jan. 13 with her husband, Noah Galuten. Their baby girl's name is Sierra Mae, and she and her mom are doing just fine following the delivery.
Now onto the really good stuff. Iliza Shlesinger shared the happy news on her Instagram account this week, alongside a photo of her as she wolfs down a sandwich and while wearing the famous mesh underwear every birthing person in America is intimately familiar with (and grateful for).
"I gave birth late at night (because that’s when I work) and there was no food available at 1:30am," she writes in the caption, explaining the sandwich situation. "Noah went to a vending machine and came back with chips and cookies, basically prison commissary food. I think he paid for them in cigarettes. So this is me finally getting to eat a Bay Cities Godmother at noon the next day."
First things first—if you've given birth, you know all about the ravaging hunger that accompanies the delivery of a baby. Because no matter how that baby came into the world, it took A LOT of work. And once the baby is safely earthside, all you want to do (after hugging and kissing and crying over said baby) is eat your face off.
Many hospitals are starting to allow birthing people to eat snacks during the labor process, but a lot of hospitals still don't permit eating. This is, in my opinion, unspeakably unfair given the fact that no one would expect an Olympic athlete to starve before a competition. Birth requires strength. Allowing someone in labor a CLIF bar or two is the least they could do.
I digress. Back to Iliza Shlesinger.
"I was unaware this photo was being taken but I’m glad it was," she continues. "Vaginal delivery mothers knows why I’m eating sitting side-saddle wearing exclusive Mesh Underwear for SS22."
Oh, we all know. And some of us even ask for extra pairs to take home with us.
She also jokes that she decided to go with an induction so she could have enough time "to heal before my February shows." LOL. Let's hope this is a joke, though in America, when it comes to paid leave, who can say for sure?
Shlesinger labored for 27 hours and pushed for 75 minutes before little Sierra Mae entered the world. Then she goes on to describe that precise moment in the most relatable, emotional, realistic way.
"I became a mother the moment at 10cm dilated, around minute 60 of pushing when I realized I could feel my body breaking and I didn’t care because I was doing it for her," she writes. "I had been dreaming of the moment they would pull her out and put her on my chest and I could look at her little face. I got what I came for. That perfect moment."
Whew. Is it dusty in here? What a gut-punch—in the best way.
"I’m in awe of this experience: mothers who do this without epidurals, single mothers, mothers without support and just what a woman is capable of physically and mentally," she says.
Shlesinger also shares that she doesn't plan on sharing photos of her daughter's face, which is certainly comendable. Many celebrities choose to keep their kids out of the global spotlight because, well, they didn't choose to be famous. Protecting a child's autonomy and privacy (and therefore mental health) is so crucially important in this digital age, and Shlesinger puts it perfectly.
"She is gorgeous but her face is hers to share, not mine," she concludes. "So while I won’t show her, I will share us. I will be processing this comedically, artistically and spiritually for the rest of my life and I can’t wait."
Congratulations Iliza, and thank you for sharing the best birth recap of all time.
At Team Motherly, we've been there—meaning enjoying those blissful post-delivery bites of food and enjoying the comfort of mesh undies. That's also how we knew exactly what to include in a grab-and-go hospital bag.
The actress and comedian, 38, and husband Noah Galuten welcomed their first child together, daughter Sierra Mae, on Thursday, Jan. 13, PEOPLE can exclusively announce. Baby Sierra was born in Los Angeles at 11:26 p.m., weighing 7 lbs., 9 oz. and measuring 20 inches at birth.
"We live in Hollywood and she is the first person I've been excited to meet," Shlesinger tells PEOPLE. "Mother and baby are doing beautifully. Dad's back hurts, unrelated to pregnancy."
As for their baby girl's moniker, the Good on Paper star says she "wanted a unique name evocative of nature."
"My husband wanted an easy name — our compromise was a unique name with an uncomplicated spelling," adds the comedian, whose new book All Things Aside will be out next fall.