Newborn Bliss

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It’s been a week since the birth of our second son, and this time has just been so incredibly blissful!  Last Sunday morning was supposed to be a day of quiet and yet anxious anticipation – our scheduled C-section was for the next morning, and we needed to be at the hospital at 5:30am.  Sunday was going to be a relaxed day – a day where I could take care of the last minute details like sweeping the floor, or getting our 4-year-old to pick up the toys in his game room that I’d been letting him leave out for days now.

Instead, I was woken up by cramping uterine contractions, first randomly intervallic at 10 minutes to an hour apart… I called my mom just in case they really were the real deal, but I felt certain they were just a false alarm – I told her not to worry, maybe I just was constipated!  I was going to send my husband to go buy some prune juice.  Fast forward 4 hours, we decided to go to the hospital, but I wanted to make a  quick (psycho) stop at a local Wal-mart trying to find a purple shampoo for my hair, and prune juice (I still didn’t believe they were the real thing) all while I was having contractions steadily 5 minutes apart (and had been for 2 hours straight).  We get to the hospital, contractions were then at 2-3 minutes apart and extremely painful.  The dr. confirmed the baby needed to be born today – unless I wanted to try for an unplanned VBAC (Vaginal birth after c-setion) – haha… no! 

After watching my contractions on a computer screen that measured their duration and intensity, she decided the baby needed to come out ASAP!

It’s hilarious how in denial I was – I didn’t want to have the baby that day, I still needed to sweep the floor (oh wow).  My husband took charge and got us there in time for it to still be a C-section, thank God I can depend on his judgment – otherwise we would’ve been on the news as the couple who had a baby at Wal-mart because the wife couldn’t decide which shampoo to buy!

The experience at the hospital, from the C-section to being discharged, was so wonderful.

Now we are in full swing of caring for our newborn, and relaxing in the concept of being a family of 4.  Family of 4 sounds so beautiful.  Words just can’t describe how thankful I am for a healthy baby (no issues at all), for how long he waited to come out (instead of being premature), and for a normal hospital experience (no Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  Our first son’s birth was so dramatic, but that would be a different post.

Now for pictures!

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The nursery widow looks out into the back of the yard where the trampoline is - perfect for being able to keep an eye on the big brother!

The nursery widow looks out into the back of the yard where the trampoline is – perfect for being able to keep an eye on the big brother!

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And last, a post-partum pic!  I love this part of after-birth… having the weight literally seem to melt off of you!  Already have lost 17 pounds since his birth last week… only 7 more pounds to lose until I get back to the pre-pregnancy weight.  It is very empowering to know that my body is capable of such an amazing thing such as pregnancy… and to be able to bounce back so fast – it surprised me with my first, but is still surprising with this little one also.

Giving birth and immediately feeling the weight and hugeness of pregnancy (that uncomfortable roundness) disappear is just wonderful.  It makes me proud of my body… proud of my health & fitness level… and more respect for my body in knowing exactly what it can do.  🙂

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11 thoughts on “Newborn Bliss

  1. Congratulations on the birth of your second son, he is very cute and the picture of him and your first son is precious.

    I am happy that depsite your son’s disicion to come a day early, that you are both healthy and well. My Sister-in-Law had a similiar with her first birth, my niece was breech and was scheduled to be delivered the following moring, but came the night before after my SIL worked a full shift at her job. I am happy to hear the hospital experiace went well too.

    I hope and pray that you and your family of 4 continued in good health, blessings and joy as you continue to adjust to being a family of 4. You will all continue to be in my prayers for health, happiness, blessings and safety/protection over your family (especially for protection for your husband as he protects and serves our city).

    I hope this finds you in good health and spirits,
    Andrea

  2. He’s a pretty baby and his brother looks fascinated with him. Be sure to let him help with caring for him where he wants even if the care is a little less than perfect so he can bond with him and be a nurturing brother.

    You really bounced back well, nothing like the right genes and a healthy lifestyle. It looks like I should have a look at your Health and Foodie posts too. Some women aren’t so fortunate and struggle to loss post-partum weight for months which can only add to post-partum depression if they suffer from it.

    I like the shared nursing experience image at the top of the post. It’s not a very guy thing to say, but it looked “sweet and gentle.” Been there, done that.

  3. Thank you! Your site is wonderful – so full of much needed information for marriages! And yes, you’re right about letting him help (it was harder for me at first than I thought it would be), but you are totally right.

    My first pregnancy took me a year to lose all the weight afterwards… and I actually DID have postpartum (for different reasons), but it took so long to lose the weight honestly because I gained more than this time (about 20 pounds more). Here is a post I wrote last night talking about the workouts I do that are great for getting any woman’s body in shape https://girlwithadragonflytattoo.com/2015/02/17/post-pregnancy-body-working-out/

    And side note… my mom had the most horrible time losing weight from her pregnancies. She told me though, that it was mostly because she gained too much (they just didn’t counsel women back then to only gain “25-30 lbs” … so she gained probably around 100 or so. It is EXTREMELY hard to “bounce back” from that… and she never did. :/ So for me, I think I had the added motivation of watching her struggle with weight issues all my life, and the effect it had on my parents’ marriage.

    Also… my husband is AMAZING … with the first pregnancy, he actually worked out WITH me to Jillian Michaels dvds and at the gym (he was like my personal trainer). So if men could help their wives in that way, I think maybe more women would have the support and motivation to keep going to lose the weight.

  4. Thank you for the compliment on my site. I put a lot of hard work into it, much more than I would have thought when I started a little over a year ago. I have just now started going through yours and like your writing style and the use of photos. That can be the most difficult part at times, finding suitable images you can reasonably accredit.

  5. So he’s just a couple of months past his first birthday now. I just thought I’d drop by with birthday wishes. I’m sorry I’m a little late but December was a bad month for me and it’s only marginally better now. Still dealing with issues from then.

    How’s his big brother doing with the adjustment now that the new has worn off? Tell hubby he needs to shoot you an x chromosome the next time around.

  6. Yes he is! Thanks for his birthday wishes Dan! I hope you’re doing well and your wife & family 🙂

    Our oldest is doing well with the family adjustment, he’s such a sweet, caring big brother, with him it’s more just pushing boundaries with me in the evenings because my husband usually works during that time. So he misses him, and acts up a little.

    And yes! We really want a girl, but we’ll see… somehow I could see us having all boys :O lol

  7. “I like the shared nursing experience image at the top of the post. It’s not a very guy thing to say, but it looked “sweet and gentle.” Been there, done that.”

    I LOVE that image. It brings me back as well. 🙂
    First time I’ve seen this thread. Beautiful children, Dragonfly. And you look great in that photo.
    How big was your little guy?

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