Checking in, mamas.
I'm 8/9 days postpartum.
Baby LL took a long time to poop (5 days with only the lightest staining of meconium). By day 5 we were pretty stressed so we did end up going to the pediatrician. Of course LL pooped an hour before the appointment. I kept the appointment because, by then, I just wanted to get that out of the way. Turns out our ped is AWESOME! I take DC to her but you can't really tell what a ped is like for a newborn by how they are with a 9 year old, yk? Anyway, she's the most progressive doctor I've met in the last 9 years (and DC has been to 4 different pediatricians including a hippie Santa Cruz dude and a German homeopathic Dr.). I'm excited about that for sure.
LL is doing great - healthy, happy, mellow and eating well. She's even sleeping very well 4-5 hour stretches at night. I attribute some of that to this amazing product called the Woombie, which is like a little zip up coccoon. They're expensive but worth it, imo. Summer Infant also makes a similar product for less money. Of course at 8 days all of this could change.
I'm doing well. On day 5 or so I had Juliee on the mind. I was thinking of her skiing and thinking how different we are feeling. BUT, I think day 5 was the low for me and I'm feeling much, much better. By day 7 I was up, walking, vacuuming and stuff like that. Turns out that much of my back pain and stiffness was more from sitting on my bum in a bad position more than it was from the birth. For me there seems to be a delicate balance between taking it easy and "being a slouch". I need to keep that in mind for the next few days.
My vulva is a little sore as well. I did a sits bath with witch hazel, epsom salts and comfrey. That was nice. I also need to be better about getting some air happening. I think some of my irritation is more from being wet than the stitches. I did do one night of Vasaline as a moisture barrier and that was good - but I think more than one or two nights would do more harm than good.
DC#1 is being awesome! She's super helpful and just as happy to play/hold the baby as she is to get shoved off somewhere. My only complaint is when we have a big group her energy is a bit much for the room but that certainly isn't her fault and I just need to keep in mind that she's just excited. She says she feels like she's getting more attention from me now than before the baby was born, which is both sad and happy news.
I've got lots of support from my mom and SIL but I worry that they are getting kind of sick of each other. They were kind of bickering the last 2 days. Apparently sitting around for days on end waiting for your turn to hold the baby brings out the snark. I hope they decide to visit at different times for the next few days because I don't like my babymoon being sullied by their 'tudes.
Hormone wise I'm not sure what I'm in for. I haven't had much of an emotional thing yet (other than the first few days). I do have a headache, which I expect is from the hormones.