My blog is so focused on my kids (as it should be because this is after all, a mommy/baby blog). But, I'm here too. *hi*
Not that many people talk about what it's like after you give birth, both physically and emotionally. And because I already wrote a post on the truths of pregnancy, might as well talk about postpartum stuff well, right?
As women, we have the beautiful privilege to grow & carry a baby for 9 months, and then give birth to that amazing little human. It really is such a gift and I'm so grateful to have that opportunity.
But with this incredibly awesome experience - there are definitely a lot of "side effects" if you will.
I'm just gonna be real here.
As far as my physical recovery goes, I'm pretty much back to "normal". But there are lots of lingering post-baby nuisances, so let's talk about 'em shall we?
>>My stitches are gone I think (they dissolve after a little while). I had one tear that needed stitches and a couple small ones that didn't. The majority of the stinging is gone now. Yay! Thank goodness for witch hazel, it really did help a ton.
>>The night sweats are pretty much over. Mama's, you know what I'm talkin' about right? After giving birth, your body is all over the place and it usually has a bit of water weight to get rid of. And for some reason it chooses to do this in the middle of the night. Nice right? Luckily, the days of waking up in clothes drenched with sweat are pretty much over! Usually only lasts 1-2 weeks, at least for me.
>>Soreness. The pelvis shifts and rotates when you birth a baby. I mean, a little human being has to squeeze and stretch through the birthing canal so some stiffness and soreness is to be expected afterward. And dang... it's no joke. Thankfully it's about gone! I'm still achy in my back, though. Hoping I can convince the hubs to give me a few good back rubs- maybe that'll do the trick!
>>Complexion. Gahhh! Like clockwork, a week after both of my babies, I immediately broke out all over my face! I think I remember the crazy complexion issues only lasting a month or two post-bennett... so hopefully that's the case this time as well. Darn you hormones!
|oh hi big fat zit in between my eyes! now get off my face! ;-)|
>>Weight. Booooooo! That's all I have to say about that. Okay I lied, I have more to say. I gained 30lbs with this pregnancy. I lost 22lbs almost immediately and these last 8lbs are clinging on for dear life. I realize that I'm only about 6 weeks postpartum and I shouldn't be too hard on myself but its still annoying. I want to wear my normal jeans and clothes without being self-conscious.
I am still wearing maternity jeans. Who knows how long I will be wearing these. At least they're kind of cute, right? And don't let this picture fool you, my tummy is still very flabby and my uterus hasn't quite gone all the way back to it's normal size... whatever that is this time around.
|okay baby weight... you can get off me, too. k?|
>>Stretch marks. I got stretch marks on my tummy with Bennett. Luckily they weren't too bad. But this time? I got a few more. It's a major bummer, but in the end I guess it's not that big of a deal considering I won't be wearing any belly shirts or anything. It's more of an annoyance than anything else, but since I know I can't get rid of them... I'm just accepting them. Andplusalso, I'm throwing away all of my two piece bathing suits, finally. I've held onto them up until now. But what I'm realizing is that even if I was super skinny again and wasn't a little self conscious about my stretch marks, I still would never wear a bikini again. I'm kind of over it. Don't get me wrong, I am totally all for those hot mama's who can still rock a bikini, but I'm all about the one piece suits these days. Classy and traditional. That's what I'm about.
>>Emotionally. I'm definitely overwhelmed from time to time. Okay, truth? I'm overwhelmed a lot. I have felt a little spread thin lately, I just can't do it all. I try, but I'm realizing that this is my new normal. Overall, though, I consider myself very blessed because I think for having a 2 year old and a newborn, I'm doing fairly well. Mainly, I just feel tired. Hoping I will get into the swing of things and develop a routine. I'm still figuring this whole "mom of two" thing out.
Alright, well that's how I've been doing the last 6 weeks. And of course, I always have to end on a positive note because life is too precious, and through it all, I appreciate all of these experiences.
So as I'm sure you expect I am going to say that it's all worth it. Yes, it is. After all, I get to snuggle this little man all day. If that doesn't make it all OK, than nothing will.