Congrats Ariel! And glad she baked for so long at that size! My brother was 7lb2oz and 42 weeks - they just seem to know, don't they!
Skyler Dylan 22 April 1999
Reed Aslan 17 June 2007 ~ 8 September 2008
Ivy Rayne 3 May 2009
Leo Spencer 2 Sept 2010
Forrest Reed 15 Aug 2012
Just a quick little update: we are home! Got home yesterday around dinner time and my awesome ICAN ladies had set up a meal train, so we had dinner waiting on our porch. They've got it running for 9 days! I am so lucky to have those ladies and awesome friends. Baby girl is doing awesome! She nurses extremely well. I've been blessed with good nursers and I swear she is the best of all of them. DS and DD love her too. They keep asking if we can keep her lol.
Recovery is soooo much better than a c/s but totally different too. I did have a 2nd degree tear, and admittedly I am not very comfortable down there, but so happy to be able to get up and move as I please. And I got some major hemorroids! Ugh. But all worth it!
And on the down side, I was so extremely upset. DH dropped her last night on accident He was laying in bed with her on his chest and he passed out and she rolled off. Thank the heavens our mattress is a memory foam and sits directly on the floor so she didn't go far, but I was devestated. I yelled at him and started bawling. I feel bad for him too b/c I know he would never ever do anything to hurt one of our children, but I was beyond upset. It still makes me cry. She seems totally fine. I've been watching like a hawk. It was absolutely terrifying for me. I know it was a total accident but he's not allowed to hold her in bed any more! I think I've only handed her over once today.
Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006
Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13
So glad you're home! And that is wonderful that you're feeling better than after a section... I remember being uncomfortable in the whole birthing area for maybe a couple days, but after that it was pretty much over. Hopefully, it will be as quick for you too!
So sorry to hear about DH dropping her! That would have just been awful for everyone! I'm sure he feels horrible. I almost dropped DD once when I fell asleep nursing in the middle of the night- I was sitting up in bed... I learned to nurse side-lying after that!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I've never dropped one of my kids when co-sleeping, but today Weston was riding in one of those huge "car" grocery carts, and all of a sudden he leaned out -- just as I was passing a column in the middle of the aisle! I saw him lean over but it was too late to stop, I bonked his head pretty badly! Like bad enough to call the advice nurse from the grocery store. **** happens, that's why babies are so flexible & bounce back from things so quickly. Remind DH that if there's even a chance he might fall asleep, he needs to stay in the middle of the bed.
Glad you're home, hope you heal quickly!
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I'm so glad things are going so well other than the "oops"! I totally know how you feel, that would freak me out too, but I have heard more stories than I can say of babies I know falling or being dropped in much worse ways (concrete floors and bigger falls!) but they really are made to handle it. ((hugs)) I will never forget when DD was just shy of two months old, we were on a trip and I left DD with DH in the bedroom to go brush my teeth...came back and she was lying not six inches from his head on the bed screaming--and I mean SCREAMING her lungs out...while he snored. ?! As wonderful as daddies can be, they're just not wired like moms. I think the reminder about the middle of the bed is a good one, but try not to worry too much about it in the bigger picture...I'm sure he's probably going to be EXTRA careful with her after that!
Hope the healing goes quickly. I only had a 1+ tear, but I remember being surprised by how much the healing process hurt. Still better than surgery, though!!
Yay for coming home with a great nurser and wooooot for the meal train!! Tucks pads and numbing spray were my life for those first few weeks. I also felt quite uncomfortable if I sat upright for too long. Too much pressure on all the tender bits down there. Take it easy and try to recline when you can to keep the swelling down. Things heal remarkably fast down there!
How terrifying that DH dropped her! I'm glad she's OK. Its a good thing babies are so bouncy and squishy. T rolled out of bed once when DH wasn't home (so no human barrier on his side of the bed). She was quite a bit older than Bunni but it was no less guilt-inducing and terrifying. I bought magic bumpers for the bed soon after that. T has them on her big girl bed now as toddler rails. Leigh's right, men just aren't hard wired to be aware of infants to the degree that their mothers are. There were a few nights that I woke up because DH was about to roll onto Teagan. My spidey senses went off and I smacked him before he got too close. He was totally unaware but somehow I knew.
I'm so glad you're home and doing well! Congrats again Ariel!! DH keeps asking me how you're doing. lol. How awesome about the meals and nursing!! You deserve those luxuries for sure.
I'm sure the tear and hemorrhoids will get better soon, and at least you have the mobility. I agree with Erin that tucks pads and not sitting up/putting pressure down there too quickly can help a lot. How sweet about the kids asking to keep her. I think anyone would feel the way you do about Bunni being dropped. I agree with the pp about men not having the same instincts. Of course he never meant for it to happen, they just aren't wired like us.
Can't wait to hear the full birth story when things settle down for you.
Witch Hazel is good for the tear, as well as soaking in a epsom salt bath. I loved those! Made everything down there feel "normal" for a bit!
So jealous of the meal train. Amazing that they pulled it all together like that for you though
Sorry your DH dropped her. Accidents happen, and babies are resilient. I understand your emotions about it, especially right after birth hormones run high.
So glad to hear that she is bfing well and that you are recovering well. I agree with the tucks pads and numbing spray....they work wonders.
Sorry to hear about her fall. I am sure that DH feels just awful. It is a good thing that babies really are as resiliant as they are. *hugs*
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
Glad to hear breastfeeding is going well. Sorry you have a tear. I hope it heals quickly. Hemorrhoids suck too, if you have stool softeners don't be afraid to take them. I hope they go away relatively quickly. How is it adjusting to be a mom of 3? I will have that same transition from 2 to 3 children very soon.
Kristin - Mom to 3 little boys and one baby girl