Monday, June 3, 2013

Postpartum Days

Wow... I'm a great blogger.

I got an e-mail from our Bradley instructor asking for our birth story, so I will be working on that soon.  And I guess I am feeling brave enough to share it.  I gave the reader's digest version to one of our friends from the Bradley class last week and realized just how not super pleasant the whole experience was.  It's ok though.  Everything turned out fine.

But I do think the experience has caused my postpartum days to be a little different than what is typical.  I honestly wonder what would have been easier, this recovery or recovery from a c-section.  And I hate to complain because I know what an absolute gift it is to be pregnant and give birth to a healthy baby.  So don't think of this as complaining.  I will just say that I think one method of preventing teenage pregnancy might be to have teenage girls come spend time with some postpartum women.

So far, we are adjusting fairly well to the new little man in our lives.  We honestly had a few rough days when we first got home.  One of my not-so-normal postpartum gifts was a full body rash.  Apparently it is a hormonal thing that just takes 7 to 10 days to go away and there is really nothing you can do to make it better.  I found myself using bags of ice to just take away as much of the overwhelming desire to itch.

The rash made everything SO MUCH more dramatic.  It wasn't just that my milk wasn't coming.  My milk wasn't coming it AND I HAD AN AWFUL RASH.  It wasn't just that Henry was super fussy from being starving.  He was super fussy AND I WANTED TO RIPE MY OWN SKIN OFF.

I think it made my Baby Blues so much worse than maybe they would have been otherwise.  But thankfully I have had Phil and my parents keeping tabs on me.  I think I am doing better now.  I still have some random crying.  Like this afternoon when I cried at the ending of Con-Air.  Have you ever seen Con-Air?  The awful acting is what should have made me cry, not the story line.  Phil laughed at me when I started crying because it was so ridiculous.  Can't blame him on that one.

Henry is now 11 days old and the rash is FINALLY subsiding.  My Baby Blues are getting better.  And we are starting to figure out feeding (I think I will do a separate post on that) and parts of our little man's personality.  It helps that he is SO STINKIN' CUTE!!

{Cotton LOVES Henry.  Maybe a little too much.}

{Blurry but cute}

I will work on being a better blogger.  Maybe now that the rash is almost gone.  :)


  1. so sorry it's been a little rougher than you were anticipating. here's hoping that things are on their way up! and henry is super cute by the way! :)

  2. oh no, that's terrible about the rash... i can relate to itchy skin issues, it makes me SO cranky and i'm not even taking care of a baby! i'm glad it's starting to subside for you. and, henry is SO cute!

  3. I had "the itch" in the hospital after the first and the third. They were c-sections, so it was most likely from the narcotics. I LITERALLY wanted to claw my skin off, so I know how that feels and it ain't even a little bit fun. Glad it's on its way out!

  4. Congratulations on your little peanut! I'm sorry it's been so rough. Adjusting to everything is hard on everyone. I hope things get better soon.

  5. Congratulations!! He is precious!
    I had that rash after my first, it was rough, no fun at all. I hope it clears up soon! C-section recovery was definitely worse than my non-section births, I hope you're getting rest!

  6. Aww, such a freaking adorable baby! Congrats again, I'm glad everything is getting better!

  7. Please do a post on feeding! I feel like I'm the only person in the world who has had trouble with breast feeding, and I'd like to hear someone else's experience.

    I really hope your recovery has gotten smoother and that things are getting better for you!

    1. Please don't feel that way! A lot of people I talked to after having my son said it was really hard for them. I think it is easy for some - but for most there are bumps in the road.

  8. I absolutely adore the picture of Cotton with Henry <3 Best buds foreva! I have a feeling Henry is going to one little heart breaker, that smile, already.

  9. Oh my goodness Natalie! He is so sweet & precious!! Congratulations friend!

  10. He is so so SO cute! Sorry about the rash - that would be awful. I'm glad feeding is getting better...I'd say the first 4-5 months were just really really hard for us but after that I loved it. Oh, and I cried about everything and cried every day for a while after having B. Sometimes I was sad, sometimes overwhelmed, sometimes just watching the's cathartic!

  11. He is soooo handsome!!! Like seriously, what a good looking newborn!
    That stinks about the rash though. Hopefully that's news of the past now!

  12. By my own admission I'm not the most broody of females but omigosh he's adorable!


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