December 3, 2006

22 Days Post-Partum

It's hard to believe that little Kathryn is now just over three weeks old. It's even harder to figure out where all my time goes during the day. I realize that I'm not doing a very good job of keeping up to date with anyone. E-mails, phone calls and blog updates get bypassed for showers, naps and tending to baby girl.

So here's the scoop on what's been going on...

We're actually on our own again, since just after Kathryn was born. My mom spent ten days with us and my in-laws spent nine. It was wonderful to have family here, especially for Thanksgiving. It's been a long time (since 1999) that we spent Turkey Day with anyone other than friends. It was great too to have the extra hands around here to help with meals, housework and holding Kathryn while I took a shower. Kathryn and I will be on our own during the day, until my sister gets here on Friday. So there's a good chance that we'll both still be in our jammies when C gets home from work tomorrow!

Physically I'm doing really well -- minus the sleep deprivation. My incision has healed really, really nicely. I still have numbness around the site but am told that will last quite a while until the nerves heal (if they ever do completely). I really forget that I had major surgery 3 weeks ago and find myself quite often doing more than I should be. I'm also surprised that I'm down at least 15 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. I haven't done anything at all to lose any weight. If anything, I eat junk way too often because it's the easiest thing to grab out of the cabinet. But the weight keeps dropping and I'm fitting nicely into jeans that I used to have to squeeze myself into. My blood pressure has come down too so I'm weaning off of the medication.

Kathryn is doing really well too. She's still a really great baby and fusses very little. Although I will say that when she does get cranky, watch out because she's a real bear! I think that we've both gotten the hang of nursing. One pitfall is that she's still slightly below her birthweight so her doctor is recommending that I feed her every two hours during the day. By the time you wake her up, nurse off of one side, burp her, change her diaper, nurse off the other side, burp her and change her again, then get her settled back down, it's taken 60-90 minutes. So we're looking at only 30 minutes sometimes until the process starts ALL over again. Thankfully though, when she goes down around 11pm she sleeps a good 5-6 hours straight so C and I can get a solid chunk of sleep to start the night off with.

It's amazing how much she's changed in three weeks already and how much I see she's grown. Even if the scale isn't showing a tremendous increase in her weight. We very much enjoy our naptimes together mid-afternoon

and I absolutely love watching her with her dad. The two of them melt my heart.

After all the heartache, headaches and struggles we went through to get to this point, it makes me appreciate her all that much more.


Anonymous said...

simply divine! she's gorgeous. My c-section scar got feeling back w/in a year I think. It's been a few, so I don't remember exactly when. The keloid went away too, but the flabby skin still hangs over the top of the scar, that's not likely to ever change for me I think.

Glad to hear you're doing so well. Isn't it amazing to watch the weight fall off so quickly? Be careful not to let it come back, trust me, it doesn't leave so easily the 2nd time around!! LOL

Anonymous said...

So glad that everything is going better for you. They definitely change your whole perspective on life. Enjoy the time you have with her...they grow so fast. It's unbelievable how much love you can have for someone you've only known for a short time.

Pictures are really cute. Keep 'em coming!

Kristen said...

She just takes my breath away. Looking at that face has to make all of the pain that you have endured just melt away. She is perfect!