I thought I would do one more Weekly Update as to life after to pregnancy, similar to the weekly updates I posted throughout - (and birth story is in the process of being written, as well as I'll post her name and more pics soon).
Clothes? Since the birth, I've lived in yoga pants and nursing tank tops. Grateful to have everything (from my maternity wardrobe at least) fitting with a bit more room. Since my milk has come in, we are going to have to reassess bras and shirts as the volume of the girls has grown!
Weight Gain? All in all I gained 41 pounds. Far more than I had planned, but in the end I just don't feel like there was a whole lot differently I could have done about it. 1 week post birth I have lost 18 pounds.
Marks? None at all which still amazes me. I have a slight linea nigra, but very light.
Sleep? Last night was the first night that I can say that I felt sleep deprived. During this past week I think thanks to adrenaline I am sure, I have just soaked up every minute of this time and haven't minded in the least bit that I am barely sleeping. I am just now starting to be better about trying to sleep when she does.
Moment of the Week? Her birth, her smell, her soft head, her squeaks, the visitors, her newborn photo session, the weight of her as she sleeps on my chest, watching DH melt in her presence, the overwhelming outpouring of joy from our friends and family, the influx of "pink" pouring into our house. Everything.
Movement? I had a few phantom "kicks" in the first 24 hours, where it felt like it used to feel when she was in me.
Food Cravings? Oh,joy of joys! food is no longer my foe. It tastes good again, really good. Doesn't give me heartburn. So grateful.
Gender? All girl! I was shocked- I think I had prepared mentally for a boy.
i miss? Oh, this is hard to answer. My first gut response? Nothing, I miss nothing about being pregnant. I will never ever take for granted my pregnancy and don't want to sound ungrateful. I would do it 100 times over to get to this place. It just really wasn't easy at all for me. I felt sick or in pain for almost the whole 40 weeks. The relief I felt (and still feel), both physcially, and emotionally, about no longer being pregnant was so instantaneouns when she was born.
I hoped my wedding rings would fit by now- they still don't. :( I miss wearing them.
Symptoms: Pregnancy symptoms G-O-N-E. Completely.
forward to: Everything. Every second of the day. Right now we are hunkering down and staying at home at least until Monday (1st midwife appointment post-partum). But i am starting to get excited about going out in public for the first time with her.
Weekly Wisdom: "Now to him
who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us..." Ephesians 3.20
Milestones: I am a mom. Enough said.
Emotions: Pure Joy. Pure Contentness. And surprisingly feeling more confident about my mom role than I thought I would feel.