I think the long length is due to the way the midwife measured her. She ran the tape along the back of her body. I measured her today by stretching her out from point to point, and it was about 23.5" I also measured her head and it was indeed 15" although both my husband and I think it looks smaller than Molly's. But Molly's was more misshapen. Molly was 9-5, 21.5"
I bought a bag of newborn diapers for the meconium until I start using the cloth, but they really don't fit well at all, so my husband bought some 8-14 lb size and they work much better.
My water broke at 5:22 am and Jessie was born at 12:55 pm. I pushed for less than an hour, but I wasn't paying attention to the time, so I'm not sure how long it took. I ripped pretty badly and needed about 10 stitches. It is mostly up inside the vagina and only a little bit down the perineum, according to my doula. I think there was some mild shoulder dystocia as well. I had to have a shot of pit and then a shot of methergine. Or at least the midwife felt better giving me that. I didn't think I was bleeding that badly, but my doula said I was bleeding a lot. I felt fine. It took a little while to get her latched on, but once she was on, she went to town. Then, boy, could I feel the uterus contracting.
I continue to have afterpains, but part of it feels a lot like gas. I just have a tremendous about moving around and I periodically am able to expel it, which helps. Sitting is difficult, which makes using the computer difficult. Right now I am leaning over some cushions on the floor. Not that I have time to use the computer--man, this girl has nursed all day long!
Her latch wasn't so great, but I was much more relaxed about nursing this time so it has seemed easier. I have been nursing lying down a lot. Unfortunately, since I haven't been paying as much attention to latch as I should, my nipples are really sore now. They feel bruised. I just don't want them to start cracking and bleeding because that is even worse. It's weird, because she just doesn't seem to get the idea of latching on right away. I really had to coax her, and then all of a sudden she gets it and sucks and then goes at it for quite a long time. She didn't nurse a whole lot yesterday, but she's made up for it today. She seems to latch on a lot more quickly this time. She was crying a lot yesterday and this morning, so I did the stuff from the Harvey Karp book (Happiest Baby on the Block) which is swaddling, side position, swinging, shhhing and sucking. I've had to use the shhhing and jiggling to get her to calm down enough to take the nipple, but now she seems to get it. I think part of it is that I have to get it in pretty far before she recognizes what it is.
Doggone, are the muscles in my shoulders and back sore. I did some work, I guess. It's all a bit fuzzy now.
Oh, I weighed myself while I was in labor, and then after I gave birth. I dropped 20 lbs! I've probably gained some of that back today, but I have been peeing non-stop. I swear, I'm peeing more now than I was before I gave birth!