Even though I have a 3 year old, it's been a WHOLE five years since I've had a newborn. It's amazing what erases from your memory in five years. Lately I've noticed so many things about having a newborn that I had somehow forgotten. Let me share these things with you...
*Warning - The items listed may be graphic, blunt and very fact of the matter. If you choose not to learn more about me and my bodily functions or would rather be surprised as you experience these things on your own with your own birth, then stop reading now. (this disclaimer is for you Keith)
1. Smelling like sour milk - Like Janae said, whether you choose to use your boobies or not, all after birth boobies are milk boobies. On Tuesday I decided to wrap mine up and stop using them but that doesn't mean my boobs are listening to me. They continue to leak milk which dries up leaving me smelling like sour milk 24/7. It's my new perfume.
2. After birth contractions - How could I forget that even days, sometimes weeks after you give birth, you continue to contract as if you were laboring all over again. Although these contractions are sometimes painful and uncomfortable, I kinda like them. They make me feel tough and like I'm losing weight.
3. Poop pains - The first bowel movement after giving birth is quite a difficult one to handle. Especially if it's been 7 full days since you've had a bowel movement. It feels like you're pushing another baby out except you have to do it carefully so you don't burst your stitches. Oh, and you don't get an epidural for this one.
4. Oh so tired - How in the WORLD did I forget this one? I'm so dead tired...all the time. I try to sleep when he sleeps but being a mom of 4 kids now I have about 500 millions things running through my head during the day to try and make sure my older kids are taken care of. At night, when I CAN sleep, Isaak decides he wants to stay up and party with me. We've become big fans of all the late nite infomercials. He's a big fan of the Zorbeez towels. I on the other hand am really likin the looks of Dr. Rey's Shapewear.
5. Empty bellies - I know I complained and complained about my belly being so big and all that. I don't want it back by all means, but I do kinda miss it. For those of you who've had kids you know how sad your belly looks after birth. It's so mushy and empty and hollow. You feel useless and just blah. All the skin that was used to hold that sweet baby is now droopy and hanging all over the place, rubbing up against each other and just being gross now.
6. Car Seats - I hate them. I hate that big huge bucket car seat you have to lug around everywhere you go. I had to go to CVS to pick up a prescription the other day and I went around to the drive through only to see about 4 other cars in line. When I drove past them all to find a parking spot since I wouldn't be waiting in the line, EVERY SINGLE ONE of them were filled with old men or women who are just too dang lazy to park their stinkin car and WALK IN. Drive thrus should be for people with children ONLY (or handicapped ppl). I had to carry that big ole honkin seat all the way in CVS just to grab my prescription...UGH.
7. Boys and their parts - This one is interesting. If you have a baby boy, be prepared for not only wet diapers at each changing, but wet clothes and wet blankets. EVERY TIME he wakes up he's soaked. I didn't have this issue with Kora, but I did with Jake and had just forgotten it. I try to point his dingas in a better direction each time I change his diaper but it never fails that he finds some way to shoot the pee OUT of the diaper and up his back or down his leg.
8. So much laundry - I am amazed at how much extra laundry this little man is causing me to do. Especially with his pee issues it seems like everything is pee'd on, spit on or dirty after just 10 minutes of using it.
9. Being crowded - Seriously, how many "things" does this child really need? If we didn't feel crowded before having Isaak up here in this room, we do now! He has his bassinet, his boppy, his rocking chair with ottoman, his car seat, his bouncy seat, his pack n play and all the little items including clothes, wipes, diapers, formula, distilled water, burp rags, towels, pacifiers, medicines, etc etc. The list continues... It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for that fact that you feel you need everything within reach and at every changing. My goodness!
10. All the special things we love - I saved the best for last. I had forgotten about kissable gums, yummy formula tasting lips, baby breath, those smiles he makes when he sleeps, all the tiny noises and grunts, tiny toes and fingers, all the extra soft skin on his elbows and knees, baby bums, delicate ears, the way he calms down from crying simply by my voice or my touch, the time he spends awake with wandering eyes in deep thought, his soft cheeks and a neck you just wanna bite, the warmth you feel when he's the first thing you see when you wake up, wrinkly foreheads and even tiny cries. I love them all and they make numbers 1-9, worth it.
Coming up tomorrow...the birth story because I know you're dying to hear it (yeah right). I thought it would be fitting for his one week birthday. I also have a MILLION pictures but it's hard to choose which to post because I don't wanna bore everyone. I know I love every one of them, but I'm the mom and like I said...they DO tend to all look the same. I'll do my best to stay fresh and exciting, I don't wanna lose my viewers (or bore Janae...she speaks so highly of me).
Also...I can't WAIT to start exercising. I'm totally craving it if you can believe that. Anyone know when it's okay to start light jogging?