One Week Postpartum Update

Filed under: doctor,thoughts,tmi — by Lauren on October 27th, 2006 @ 10:11 am

Today (Thursday) is Anya’s one week birthday. It’s really hard to believe that she’s already been here a whole week!

Everyone says having a baby is the most wonderful feeling in the world, but they’re wrong, because wonderful is not a strong enough word. I cannot believe how much I love this little person – someone who I had never even met a week ago. Sometimes I just stare at her and feel so overwhelmed by happiness that I have to remind myself to breathe. She is beautiful, amazing, awesome, incredible – words cannot describe her enough.

Anya had her first appointment with the pediatrician yesterday, and it went very well. She gained about 2 ounces since coming home from the hospital, and the rash she was born with is almost gone. We’re both getting much better at nursing, and she’s starting to get into a more predictable schedule. Last night she slept for three consecutive hours twice! Her mommy and daddy REALLY hope this was not a one time performance.

Speaking of mommy, I am doing pretty well, physcially. My stomach is still sore, and I have a big poochy stomach that makes me look about 5 months pregnant, but it’s getting smaller every day. I’m down to about 10 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight already, and you have to factor in (CAUTION, we are entering TMI territory) my newly gargantuan breasts into that weight. It’s too bad it’s late October; I’d look smashing in a bikini, at least from the ribs up.

I had the staples removed from my incision today, and though I was very nervous about it – they actually use a tool called a staple remover! -it turned out not to be a big deal. My mom came to hold my hand while Anya stayed with her Daddy.

Something many women look forward to as a bonus to pregnancy is not having their periods for almost a year. However, no one ever really tells you that you will later pay for this reprieve by having what seems to be a never-ending period once the baby is here. The bleeding can last for weeks (I read on someone else’s site that she bled for 10!) and since you’re not allowed to wear tampons, even with a c-section, you end up developing a diaper rash of your own from all of the pads you wear. I hope this phase of recovery ends sooner rather than later (This CONCLUDES our TMI section for this post).

Something else no one had ever really put into words accurately for me is the thrill of nursing the baby. Yes, it definitely hurts and it can be a very frustrating process in the beginning (it still is for me at times), but wow! My limited skills as a writer make it difficult for me to clearly express how it feels to have your child gaze into your eyes and stroke your side with her tiny hand as you provide the sole nourishment she receives. It makes me feel like for the first time in my life, I am actually doing something that qualifies as important.

One more thing – I am becoming an expert at typing with one hand.

Anya’s birth story should be written and posted by the end of the weekend.

2 Responses to “One Week Postpartum Update”

  1. kareem Says:

    It makes me feel like for the first time in my life, I am actually doing something that qualifies as important.

    That’s beautiful 🙂

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