My labor stories from the boys are completely different. I was in labor with Matthew for 36 torturous hours, stuck in bed, strapped to a monitor with pitocin, nubane, more pitocin, more nubane and an epidural. The recovery was pretty easy, though.
Steven's labor was easier even though it was back labor. I could walk around, I progressed quickly and needed no drugs. After an hour and a half of pushing with no results, I had to have a c-section (lucky thing, too because the cord was around his neck and he was HUGE!).
The recovery from a c-section is much longer. I was in bed for 24 hours with an I.V., pulse oximeter, a catheter and a blood pressure cuff that turned on every 15 minutes. NOT very conducive to sleep.