I've clearly been busy with the little one and all the family stuff because I haven't gotten back to this thread in what seems like ages! I am shocked to see so many "my baby is a week old" posts when I know those babies were born after Eliana! That means she's even more than a week old and it hardly seems possible!
In reality, she is now 11 days and almost 5 hours old. I want to bottle each day and be able to go back and experience it again. I am looking forward to all of the new things and new experiences and watching her grow... but I don't want to lose a moment of it!
I am right there with so many of your posts...
Lopsided - YES! My left side is always bigger than the right (at this stage). And it leaks more, so I have to double-up on pads, which means especially if she's nursed on the right more recently that it's *obviously* different even fully clothed! The extra curviness definitely does help with overall figure, though! And DH is happy with the look even if I have no interest in his doing anything beyond looking. :lol
Itchiness - My breasts seem itchy but I think it's just the stretching of the skin. I hope yours isn't anything like thrush!
Siblings - Another 3 yo here, another one having a difficult time. He LOVES his sister. He was dancing and singing that very thing earlier today, in fact. :love I was asking him what makes him happy (in an attempt to find things he is/would be thankful for for a Thanksgiving project) and he first pointed to me, then to his sister. I've asked him if he's happy or sad to have a sister and he's always been very positive about being happy about her. I know it's a stress on him, though. I got to lay down with him for his nap today and he fell asleep on my lap two other times - all very good as he has been my glued-to-me boy all of his 3 years until little one came. Not that he couldn't go elsewhere and DH would help him sleep an awful lot, but most of the time we'd snuggle all night long. I miss that, too! And he just seems SO different, which makes me sad. I'm not sure if he'll go back to his old self or not. :( I know the first couple of weeks are the hardest and we're getting to the end of that timeframe. He's definitely gotten better but we're still dealing with daily challenges.
More babies - My labor was so unbelievably intense and difficult in the last 2 hours that I said, unequivocally, that we are DONE. DH has been saying that, well, forever :lol but I've said I wouldn't know for sure... I just couldn't imagine ever going through that horrendous experience again. (And I love birth - or I did! I hope not everyone's births are that difficult!) And, yeah, a day or two or three later... Now 11 days later... I know it was bad but this newborn thing is SO amazing. Not that recovery has been perfect. I spent several days going, "What on earth do men do to make up for all women go through?!" I do not love the first few days PP but a week beyond that, now, I'm feeling so much better and, again, it doesn't seem so bad... I'm just REALLY glad I likely have 2 years before I have to think about it!!
Lochia - I know it generally lasts 4-6 weeks or so. I was surprised to have it be almost gone a few days ago, then a couple of days ago it came back almost like a normal period. :/ I figured I'd done too much but then yesterday, I'm sure I overdid it... and today it's back to super light. I guess I won't complain about that part, at least! Makes it hard to plan, though.
Eliana is such an amazingly easy-going baby. I can hardly believe it. My 3yo was pretty laid back, too, but I am pretty sure she's the easiest yet. She has had one really hard night (we didn't sleep till 7 am and it was fuss-suckle-fuss-suckle-fuss the whole night, and eventually it was fingers and no longer nursing because I couldn't cope with it anymore!), but she hasn't done that again. She's having more wakeful periods and still sleeping a ton. She loves being with her brothers and is seeming to recognize us all more and more. Love it!
But this girl thing is still all new. I am still a bit timid in cleaning her bottom because it's all so different from boys! I have finally had DH change her, though, and he managed just fine. :lol She seems to have some amount of discharge, too. No bleeding, which I know is totally normal but would still be surprising to see. I totally feel like I need a "how to care for baby girls 101" handbook. :o
Nic, so sorry about the clavicle! :( I hope it'll heal up smoothly. Do you think she had a dystocia? I wasn't clear from your birth story if that's what happened.
kitty, I have been wanting to get started exercising, too. I typically do feel that way at this period and I really want to capitalize on it this time! I don't remember who said they're craving sweets but I have been, too - and then I'll be sick of sweets and carbs and want nothing but protein and veggies. I'm actually now about 25lbs below pre-pg weight (which happens to have been about the same as at-birth weight) and it never ends up staying off. I'm sure the cravings and indulgences don't help, and if I don't get exercising, it won't ever happen! I'm figuring I should be able to do at least low-key walking/elliptical stuff pretty soon here. I would think anything that's not too strenuous would be fine, really.
I've been nursing along a bad tooth since the Spring... and just managed to break part of the filling (which had shifted already and moves around but is caught between the teeth - weird) off. I'm a little worried now with Thanksgiving that the whole thing will start hurting again. It's been fine or mostly fine for quite a while. I know I need to get it dealt with eventually but am not so thrilled to do it with a newborn, either! I also can hardly leave it be 'cause it feels weird. Ugh.
Must go to sleep and be around to help with Thanksgiving!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your babies, mamas! :love