Joining the thread.. so far recovery has been going well. Thanks to my husband I've been able to essentially stay in bed with the baby, and I know that's gone a long way. The sleep deprivation is starting to kick in a bit- today was the first day I felt short of patience and a bit resentful of his getting more sleep than I am. We're going to have to work something out where I really make sure to nap enough, but the truth is I really love the late-night nursing sessions with the baby. I could stare at her forever if I didn't have to wake her up to feed. :)
Re: clots-- I'm so glad this site exists because there is just nowhere else I could talk about the fist-sized clot I had this morning, and I so want to talk about it, lol. I retained some membranes and had been given the heads-up to be on the lookout for them in the first day or so. Hadn't seen anything so I thought maybe I'd missed it on a trip to the bathroom. But no- this morning, I went to the bathroom and out came the membranes, except they didn't just fall out. They were attached to.. something.. and I couldn't figure out what it was, or bring myself to forcefully remove it without knowing. Called mw, who was not worried but willing to come out when I said I was nervous to do it myself, and we settled on waiting a few hours. Anyway, long story short.. yeah, gigantic clot, which was just incredible to begin with.. and I took a picture and sent it to my midwife.. and had my husband put it in the freezer.. and I just feel like I've passed into some secret world where that's all normal. I'm so very impressed with my husband for taking the trip with me- he's seen so much hardcore stuff in the last few days and hasn't even flinched. Incredible.
Okay, so obviously that's all about more than a clot.. I'm still in major processing mode. The birth was one of the most powerful things I've ever experienced, hands down. Can't stop thinking about it. What an amazing thing, and how lucky I feel to have had things go well (even more so after having a few moments late pregnancy where it looked like I might not even be able to try at home) and to have gone through it with the people I did. Wow, wow, wow.
I'm totally high on hormones, aren't I.