Almost One Week Postpartum

The end of pregnancy is crazy because one day you’re pregnant and then one day you’re suddenly not. Or maybe it’s not so sudden. In my case the process certainly didn’t seem very quick.

In any case, I’m writing this at home, in my bed, as the mother of two daughters. A week ago I had one daughter and the possibility of another daughter, or maybe a son. Now it’s definite – I have two daughters. 

I also have nicely full boobs (my milk just came in yesterday), hospital bracelets on my wrists, a fresh c-section scar, a lot of prescriptions for pain meds, tape residue all over my arms and legs, swollen feet, mesh underwear… I mean, you get it, I’m looking and feeling quite glamorous in this one week postpartum state.

Every time I look at Isabelle I’m in awe that my body could make something so complex. And huge. I mean, this girl was almost 10 lbs at birth and for the life of me I cannot figure out how she fit in there (‘there’ meaning my uterus). Was my bump that big? Yes, I guess it was.

One Week Postpartum

The labor and delivery of Isabelle will go down as one of the toughest things I’ve ever done in my life, but also one of the most rewarding (and I mean the entire process, not just the result of a healthy baby). And I’m cherishing these first few days with her.

In the hospital I allowed myself to relax and cuddle Isabelle for the first 36 hours of her life, because I wasn’t able to do that with Clara (since she was in the NICU for those precious hours).

I’m still attempting to take it slow, although it’s easier said than done with an early-waking toddler.

I love these first few weeks when the cuddles are plentiful. I love the breastfeeding and the sleepy cries and the newborn noises and smells.

I’m finding it a bit hard to stay in the moment because I can barely sit up (labor complications) without a ton of pain, which is making me feel like a less-than-adequate mom. However, I know I have what Isabelle needs – boobs! – and that is enough for right this second.

Since I’ve done this once before, I very aware of how fleeting these moments are. And how much I’ll miss the newborn phase when it’s over in just a few short weeks.

Right now I’m feeling a bit sad (about my body) and a lot content and my heart is full of love for the two daughters I would never have predicted I’d have just a few short years ago.

I truly cannot believe that God has entrusted me with two little girls to nurture on this Earth. What a tough and awesome responsibility.

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14 Responses to Almost One Week Postpartum

  1. Neely says:

    She is gorgeous! Congrats again 🙂

  2. She’s beautiful, congratulations! Can’t wait to read more about her and the whole day of, happy to see it was more satisfying than last time (even though the outcome was equally rewarding each time)

    • Lisa says:

      Oh gosh, the labor and delivery post/story will be more like a novel. I have to finish processing it all myself before I can write about it!

  3. Rachel Emily says:

    Two baby girls! Luckiest girl in the world <3 So glad she decided not to stay in there forever 🙂 Congrats again!

  4. Jennifer Ciszewski says:

    Congratulations on welcoming your new daughter! Hoping the family adjusts quickly to its newest addition and a speedy recovery for you! Enjoy the newborn snuggles!

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks so much! I’m blessed that I feel better and better every single day! I’m very much enjoying the newborn snuggles I’ve been getting 🙂

  5. Suzanna Davies says:

    Congratulations again, friend. She’s absolutely perfect!

  6. Macy Volpe says:

    I’m so sorry about the difficult labor, but it is so nice to hear (see?) you say that it was all so rewarding in the end. Take it as easy as you can and love on those two little girls. Congrats, Mama!

    • Lisa says:

      I guess there’s no such thing as an easy labor… right?! (Just agree with me, if people say they had an easy labor I may cry at this point!) Thanks for the encouragement!

  7. How big was Clara, I can’t remember? I can’t even imagine giving birth to a 10 pound baby! Bensen wasn’t that big until he was a couple months old I think… or 3?? I guess though, your birth and my birth were different… if I’d done it your way, that wouldn’t sound quite as daunting for some reason, if you know what I mean.

    • Lisa says:

      Clara was ‘only’ 8 lbs 6 oz, which seemed huge to me at the time, but now I realize she was WAY smaller than Isabelle!

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