Kate's cord stump fell off Monday night! She's all grown up now ...LOL! I'm going to give her her first bath soon. Yeah, I haven't gotten around to it just yet, but it's hard when you have a toddler too. We have given a sponge bath, but not the real thing yet.
The head midwife at our birth center called today and left a message on my phone. She wanted to thank me for posting about my experience on my work blog ...and also for spreading the word to my friends in my Mom's group. She said she thinks it will do great things to promote the center!! So cool!! If there was ever a good cause to promote, I certainly feel like natural childbirth and the birth center is one!!
Honestly, after going throug NCB, it really amazes me how little women today know about purely natural birth. So many say to me "I could never do that; I have a low pain tolerance." Well ...I do too! With the right support, most women can do it, ya know? Personally, I know that I couldn't have done it in a hosptial, even though many women can. I needed to be in a different setting with a midwife who was willing to tell me I can do it and push me through. Looking back, I wouldn't do it any differently. I LOVED Kate's birth. It kind of does make me sad that some women count it out due to fear of pain ...pain that they have only heard of but never personally experienced. I hope that doesn't offend anyone. It's just a thought I have been having after doing the NCB thing, and then seeing the reaction of many folks IRL.
I also talked to my Mom more about her birth experiences. With my sister, I told y'all she was stapped to her back. She said they gave her demerol, and it only made her dizzy, but it did not stop the pain. She was tied down ....terrible. With my birth, her appendix ruptured, he placenta was coming off the wall, and I was in distress. She never dilated pasted 6cm. She had an epidural, but she went unconscience in the night. My Dad was with her, and he went out in the hall to grab a doctor b/c no one checked on them for hours. The doctor saw what happened, and took her for an emergency section immediately ...thinking he probalby couldn't save either one of us. She had really bad experiences.
The intersting thing though ...is that when she tells people about Kate she also makes a point to mention that Kate was born in the water without medication. I can tell it makes her happy that I had a positive experience. I think she was worried beforehand, but she is super happy that it turned out well. That makes me feel good.
Pretty soon Kate will get her drivers' license...
You know, I think maybe your birth was healing for your mom. It sounds to me like your positive experience has been a gift to her too.
No more nipple pain!!! WhooHoo!!!
She only nurses about every 3 hours, but I guess that is okay b/c she pees and poops a ton!
She's a really good/easy baby. I'm loving it! She sleeps/eats/everything so well. She rarely cries ...if something is bugging her she squeeks, which is so cute!
I'm doing well physcially too. I started working out lightly yesterday. My bottom is still healing. I had a small tear ...no stitches, so I hope it's healing okay. It's hard for me to tell. The midwife said it was at my 7-10 day post partum appointment ....she also said it would never look exactly the same again, whatever that means. Should I be concerned about that?? I dunno ....I'm still bleeding, so I know my body is still healing.
I've lost 25 pounds!! WhooHoo! I still have 15 to go to be pre-pregnancy with Kate weight ...25 to do to be pre-pregnancy before David weight. I'd LOVE to get into my pre-David jeans again one day ...even a year from now ...but I'm not sure if that will ever happen. I feel like maybe my hips have spread some? We'll see. I feel pretty good about myself so far though. I keep thinking that even though my body looks different, it's amazing that I carried/delivered/fed two kids with just this body!!! God's plan is pretty neat!
bumpin' before the pruner gets it ....
....I'm gonna work on copy/pasting into microsoft word so I can keep this this week, then the old pruner can take it on.
Julya, just so ya know, there is no pruner now, and apparently there hasn't been one since the changeover last summer. I found this out when I discovered that posts I made last summer can still be brought up through the search feature.
What a great update! David and Kate look so cute in your siggy.
I'm sure you will be ok down there. Yes, things look different, but it's not like you need to spend a lot of time looking, kwim? As long as it feels ok and everything works fine, you will be ok.
Hurray for your weight loss and working out!
I'm glad to hear that Kate is an "easy" baby and that everything is working well with your family.
Jennie - I'm all healed and doing good now. My weight loss has come to a huge halt though, but I talked to the LC at my BC and she recommended the book "Eat Well, Loose Weight While Breastfeeding." I ordered it on Amazon.com and it's on it's way! I can't wait!!
Oh, I also just ordered "The Birth House" b/c of all y'alls reviews. AND I got the Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears, and another kids book for my school weather talks. I'm so excited about getting these in the mail! I'm a book-a-holic! LOL!
What a great update. I love hearing how positive this experience can be. It really helps to enforce my positive thoughts about how my birth can go. It is so cool about you Mom to. It is terrible what they used to do to women, even worse than now, which is appauling sometimes.