Thursday, January 7, 2010

All about Mommy

In addition to all the amazing things I've discovered about Aysia in these past two weeks, I have also experienced some interesting things about myself - physically and emotionally....
  • The c-section was much easier than I thought, and my recovery has been great. In the hospital, I got up and walked around the maternity ward at least 2-3 times a day, and when I got home after 3 days, I could easily walk around, including the stairs. After one week, it was as if I didn't have surgery (almost!).
  • The doc says I can't exercise until my week 6 appointment, and it's killing me as I feel great. But I am listening, as I don't want to do any damage...
  • The scar is real low and looks like it will heal well. I opted for sutures, not staples, as I read they heal better.
  • I never had the dark line coming from my belly button as many pregnancy women get, but after the C, I had a dark line from my belly button almost up to between my breasts. Strange! And my belly button was partly black. Not as noticeable now that it's retreating back in, but still darker than before.
  • After one week, my stomach was almost flat, and after 2 weeks, I have lost all of my pregnancy weight and even a pound or two of the IVF weight!! Wow, that was incredibly easy! I will need to be careful when I stop breastfeeding, though, as I'm sure that's why the pounds are coming off, despite eating 3 full, home-cooked meals a day (thanks DH and mom!)
  • Breastfeeding - easier and more difficult than I thought. Latching - piece of cake. Milk production, not so much. I was a barely B before the pregnancy, and now, although I've bought C-cup bras, I'm really just a B plus. I was really hoping for some big boobies during the breastfeeding stage, but I guess not. :( Not to mention, I'm sure the size has something to do with the not-so-stellar milk production.
  • My nipples are soooooo sore!! Ouch! When she latches on, it's the worst pain ever. Then the sucking is not so bad. Usually when she's done, she lets the nipple go gently, but sometimes she maintains the suction and rips her head away. Ouch, ouch, ouch!!!! I put lanolin on constantly, and so far no infection or cracking, but by the end of each day, I'm ready to give it up! Except I like the closeness/bonding, convenience, and the great health benefits for Aysia. I'm hanging onto the hope that it will get better!
  • I found myself weepy the first few nights. Mostly about Aysia's weight loss and my lack of milk production, but I also think it was a touch of the baby blues. Luckily I could recognize it and talk to DH about it, so neither of us were freaked out or worried about post-partum depression.
  • Holding and caring for Aysia - really came so very naturally. I was worried that I'd be awkward, or not good at it, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily I figured it out. And honestly, I don't mind the diapers, even the big poo's, at all!
  • DH and I have gotten into a good groove - no fighting about who's turn it is, and we are both a little in awe of how good the other one is with her. He naturally takes the late night diaper changes and formula supplements, so I can sleep earlier, and I get up with her in the early morning, as I'm more naturally a morning person. An we each probably get 4-5 hours of sleep a night, with one 3-hour stretch. It's actually manageable. While I'm not working. Hopefully we'll get more sleep when I'm back at work!
  • I'm definite stir crazy. I think having a winter baby is really tough. With this weather, I can't take her out for a walk (low 30's and windy), and the doc advises against malls or stores until 8 weeks. I have a bunch of friend/relative visits setup for next week when DH goes back to work, but I'm also going to take her out to stores (in moderation). I've read other mothers talk about taking their babies out to stores right away, and just being very careful about keeping strangers away and not letting anyone breath on or touch them. I just need to get out with her, I can't stand staying inside all day!
  • Things stay on my to-do list way too long now! I can't plan on getting things done the way I used to. I'm just getting a website setup to show her pics, haven't done my thank you notes yet, and the list goes on and on. Between constant nursing and being tired, I have to accept not being nearly as efficient. But I am good at multi-tasking while I'm nursing - e.g. using the laptop while she's sucking away!

That's about it for now... it's really a great learning experience!!


  1. Wowee! Lucky you for 99% of it all! I am sure the quick recovery and weight loss are due to the fact that you exercised regularly all the way through the pregnancy. You are the poster child for staying fit, eating right and exercising while pregnant! So good for you!

    I've heard that the nipple soreness will get better after the first several weeks. That's just what I've heard - so I hope it will be true for you. I too was a "barely B" and now wear a C cup bra. I'm not huge though, so I'm worried too about milk production.

    I'm very impressed with both you and DH, new parents, learning and doing great, by all accounts! Lucky little Aysia!

  2. Sounds like things are going fantastic for you and I couldn't be happier for you!!

    So glad you made it through the c-section that well. My first was horrible, however the second (with my son) was amazing. I felt great afterwards and had a hard time "taking it easy".

    With my son, I had some of the same issues with breastfeeding. I found that cool tea bags were a HUGE help. Something with the tannic acid was very healing. They bled, he fed, spit up some of the blood, and I FREAKED. However, after a quick call to the doc, I learned the tea bag tip!!!!

    My son was born the end of November and I found myself going crazy being the house too. Oh how I am looking forward to this little one coming in May!!!! Winter babies are a struggle for moms!!!

    Hope everything is still continuing down the same, wonderful path!!! Can we get a little peek at Aysia?? I am sure she is gorgeous!

  3. I could have written so much of this myself! My C was, also, really easy, as was my recovery! I barely even took any pain meds and didn't take anything after leaving the hospital.

    It's really amazing how natural it all feels, isn't it?!!

    And, I'm right there with you on the stir crazy part. Babies should all be born in the spring and summer!