I have a tie for first place for The Longest Minute Of My Life:
1) I was almost 6 months pregnant with my second child. My husband had just left 3 days earlier for a field exercise and would not be back for about 5 1/2 weeks and my two year old locks me in his bedroom (we were in Germany -- we had those big skeleton keys for every door in the apartment). I am wearing nothing but a nightgown in a third floor apartment and there is no phone in this room. Not only does my life flash before my eyes, but so do the lives of my two kids: I have visions of my husband returning home in 5 1/2 weeks to find his dead pregnant wife and dead toddler. Keeping the panic out of my voice, I coax my 2 year old into kindly unlocking the door. That was The Longest Minute Of My Life.
2) Three months later, I am giving birth to his brother. It is Monday at lunchtime and I have been in labor since Saturday night. So, after all this time, when 3rd stage labor starts, the baby is suddenly in a Big Hurry: The second I announced the need to push, they RAN me down the hall and I still crowned his head in the hallway. We arrive in the delivery room and the doctor is still getting into his surgical gown and saying "STOP pushing so we can give you an episiotomy." My first baby was 8 1/2 pounds at birth and I cussed the doctor out for giving me a completely unnecessary episiotomy. But I could feel that this baby was too big (9 1/2 pounds and with a Pumpkin Head). Somehow, I managed to stop pushing long enough for him to get his gown on and perform the procedure. I still don't know how I managed it. That was the other Longest Minute Of My Life.
What was The Longest Minute of Your Life?