Anyone have any experiences that surprised them from their last walk down this path - birthing children?
I for one was surprised by the hormonal surges the second night I was in the hospital and the baby blues in the week after I was out. After my second night the nurse came in in the morning and asked how I was (I had had NO sleep - b/c baby was cluster feeding trying to get my milk in) and I just started crying! I had no reason to cry (other than being exhausted) and was baffled by it - and she reassuringly told me that it was normal and part of my milk coming in. Then during my subsequent public health nurse home and clinic visits I found that whenever they asked me how I was feeling etc all these tears would well up and I would get very emotional! It was the strangest thing. I never had PPD but the power of these hormones is quite something! There was even one night I was crying harder than DS - I think he had gas now that I look back and I thought he was hungry so I kept trying to stuff him even fuller!
Oh - I also had a preview to menopause at one point in the first 1-2 weeks post delivery - I had about 2-3 nights of relentless hot flashes and even had to change the bedding in the middle of the night! The doc said it was the hormones regulating.
And then there were the porno hard boobs with milk that could fire across the room and take out an eyeball! That was interesting. When my milk came in it came in strong - I was walking around the house with face cloths in my bra b/c the nursing pads were useless. Once DS would start feeding on one side the milk would just stream out of the other side!!! It was ridiculous! If I have this again this time I am going to start pumping sooner to build up a freezer supply for DH or my mom to help with some feedings once b/fing is established. (I think DH was looking forward to this part - until he realized that these were realy unlicensed weapons).
And of course b/fing - which we have talked about before. For me there was a lot of discomfort for up to 12 weeks (it got better every couple of weeks) which I really believe was mostly hormonal (although a bit of it would have been latch (but the discomfort came back when I became pregnant this time around and was still nursing DS at 21 months once before bed).
And if anyone has any problems with excess discomfort in their nether regions get it checked out. I am kind of stoic and hate being a burden on people so I likely would have suffered through but I ended up with complications from my stitches (nothing could be done about it except rest and time) and with fissures elsewhere (for which there was treatment that helped). So if you have any concerns do bring them up with your doc of mw!
Oh and the exhaustion....
But it truly IS all worth it in the end! These little people are just so incredible. And to think that their bodies come out dependent on you one moment and functioning on their own and that every moment thereafter they are just learning and developing.... incredible. And that they love and trust and need you so much.... wow.
Enjoy everyone!!!! Looking forward to hear everyone's take on their experiences.