I'm about 8 days postpartum and I'm *beginning* to feel normal.
Emotionally, it's up and down. Anything will set me off (a really sad episode of House last night reduced me to tears) and it doesn't help that DH's back is killing him so *he's* moody too. I keep having these horrible dreams that Alia isn't breathing anymore, or that DH has disappeared and that I can't find him. I think I'm a bit anxious
Physically, things are still a mess. Floppy belly, sore lower back, generally tired and weak. At least it doesn't sting when I pee anymore...yay, but I still have hemaroids...boo. I'm not bleeding a lot, even this soon after the birth, which seems weird. I'm way less sore down there, but um...TMI warning here, my, um, clit is VERY painful
I don't know why either. It started 2 days ago and whenever I cough or sneeze or just get up, it throbs painfully. I was told I tore near there so maybe that's why, but I don't know why the pain appeared later rather than sooner. Anyone else have this?
Breastfeeding is going ok, though my nipples still hurt when she latches on.
I've gotten better at reading her signals and I unlatch her whenever she shows signs of arching her back and wanting to pull off. I can't wait to be able to breastfeed while doing other things...right now, I'm so focused on latch, positioning, etc, that I can't do anything else but breastfeed 24/7
Alia has developped really bad gas in the past 2 days, and I don't know why. It just appeared all of a sudden and it hurts my heart to see her in pain. We have to stop to burp after every 10 minutes or so of feeding and sometimes, the pain from the gas makes her wake up with a pitiful cry. I wish I knew what to do for her...DH bought us some gripe water, so we'll see if that works. Today was a "diarrhea all over mommy" day, so maybe once that's out of her system, she'll feel better. Aside from that though, she's a wonderful baby. Almost never fusses, sleeps long stretches at a time, and loves being held by pretty much anyone. She falls asleep right away if I put her on my naked chest...It's such a wonderful feeling!
My biggest cat, Achilles, has taken to being her guardian and he won't leave his sight. We thought he would be a problem because he used to be the baby, but somehow the baby's arrival has made him grow up. The other two cats are petrified of the baby and won't even go hear her.
That's my long-winded update