Motherhood

Postpartum ~ Week Twelve

It’s been six weeks since I gave a real update, so here’s how things are going for me at twelve weeks postpartum with baby number four. :) I apologize in advance if I sound like I’m complaining – I haven’t been feeling the greatest physically for a week or so. :/

The Incision

The scar is looking about the same as six weeks ago. When I see it, it reminds me of my sweet Elizabeth and her entrance into the world, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

Abdomen

Earlier this week, I was doing Just Dance on the Wii with Maggie and I began having startling pain in my belly. It wasn’t my abdominal muscles, I don’t think; it felt more like my uterus, honestly. It stopped after a little while of sitting but it definitely scared me into not doing those particular dances for awhile!

When I’m sitting with Elizabeth on the couch, and I have her facing me, she likes to stand on my thighs or tummy and look at me, but now it aches when she stands there (on my tummy). :( This just started, so I think it’s due to the dancing. I’ve noticed, too, that when I walk around holding her my belly seems uncomfortable.

Back

My poor back. It had been doing really well but now….it aches and feels sore almost all the time. I don’t know, but I’m guessing it’s because I carry Elizabeth around a lot. The thing is, I can’t “wear” her because of my neck and shoulders, so I have to carry her. And she’s not light, lol. Also, we are still co-sleeping and she rules the dang bed! She rolls and scoots over to me and then I’m forced into the weirdest positions – I’ve tried to tell her, I am not a contortionist! So my back hurts when I get up in the morning just as bad as it did the night before. :'(

To solve this, I may have move her to her crib and let Maggie carry her more. She offers to hold her but I just love holding my little chunk! She said she would love to get a carrier and wear her, so I may buy one for her. We do have a backpack carrier, but I think Elizabeth is still too small for it.

Today, I wore my abdominal binder all morning and my back actually feels okay right now, so I may wear it daily for a while!

Sex

We were first intimate at eight weeks postpartum. It wasn’t terribly painful, but my cervix was definitely sore. And my belly, on the left side, felt so strange. It’s like, feeling is returning to the nerves, but hasn’t all the way yet. It feels like this on the outside and the inside, even down in my vagina. Weird

Each time we’ve had intercourse has been more comfortable than the last, so that’s a good thing! I think next time (if/when we have our last baby), we might should just wait until twelve weeks because now there is no discomfort!

Hunger

Hmm, some days I’m hungrier than others, but overall I eat only a little bit more than I did while pregnant. I’ve noticed that salads packed with protein are high on the list of craved foods lately. I had a fantastic one from Chick-fil-A a few nights ago!

Leg Cramps

Darn leg cramps have returned! Well, I take that back – leg achiness has. It must be because I’m (once again) not as hydrated as I should be. I’m so dumb not to up my water Every. Single. Day. Come on, Valerie!

Breastfeeding

We’ve still got oversupply/fast letdown going on, but she doesn’t choke every time now, at least. She’s a very happy nursling and it’s the sweetest thing seeing how much she enjoys it. ♥

Emotions

I’m feeling better. I’ve been stressed out recently but it’s just because I put so much pressure on myself. I HAVE LIMITATIONS yet far too often I am unforgiving of myself for not doing everything.

Weight Loss/Body Image

I’m about the same as I was six weeks ago. As much as I’d like to be firming up my tummy and working on strengthening my legs and back, I just can’t right now. My body gets very tired and very sore easily, so I have to be gentle on it. I’m sort of on modified “bedrest,” for lack of a better word. I’m definitely not lying down, or even sitting down all the time, but I’m intentionally not bending unless I have to, not carrying heavy things, etc. I’m hoping in another month or so that I’ll be feeling better physically.

Here we are, twelve weeks into Elizabeth’s life.

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