Thanks, @auroradawn. I did heal again quickly. The first phase of healing took forever, but then I seem to have caught up with myself. I was all well again and fully healed down there to be ready to graduate from my midwife’s care at 6 weeks all the same. I’ve been feeling great again and actually able to care for all three kids finally.
@PrincessShannon, congrats on your babies. They are gorgeous!
@jky86, [name_f]Meara[/name_f] is cute however you wind up spelling it. Did you wind up getting induced yet? You had said they’d rescheduled about a week ago. Looking forward to hearing from you and @morgantaylore.
The time is just flying by! I finally got my first Pfizer dose today so I’m taking it easy and actually have some time to myself for the first time, essentially. Good time to check in.
Polka [name_f]Dot[/name_f] is 7 weeks this afternoon. She is over 12.5 lbs now (born at just under 8, so she is really packing it on, AND I’ve pumped over 500oz for A. It all makes me inordinately happy after all the struggles I’ve had previously with breastfeeding). We’re basically just down to the one night waking now so I’m actually doing so well comparatively (with my first two, night pumping kept me up at all hours so it was months before I got a solid stretch even when my kiddos managed it). I actually feel sane for the first time during the 4th trimester. Her brothers dote on her all day, which is adorable. Now that I’m fully back with the family all day every day things are super busy, but they don’t feel so chaotic. [name_f]My[/name_f] husband is really enjoying his leave. It will be hard on everyone when he goes back to work next month, but it has been so good to just really revel in being our new family of 5. Seriously… things are just so easy this time compared to each of the previous. I wish this postpartum bliss on everyone. 3 four and under (with 2 under 2) with nobody in preschool or daycare and no family nearby… it is no joke, but I know this will be worth it down the line and I’m just so happy things are going the way they have been so far. The three of them are already so close.
[name_f]My[/name_f] body is healed, thankfully, after the setbacks. I’m back to regular exercise (also helping me feel sane), and able to carry A again, although he is now finally walking (would have been such a help at the end of my pregnancy, but oh well, all in his own time and he had both parents and big brother with him to see his first steps)! We also just finally got our photos back from that shoot we did back at the end of [name_u]June[/name_u] and oh my goodness, I’m so glad we did that. Of course they already feel incomplete now that we have our sweet P and we can’t exactly afford another shoot anytime soon, but I will cherish them forever.
For your question about more kids, @jenileigh, I know I’ve mentioned before that we are done done. I’m more at peace with that choice than ever before, though. I turn 30 in 5 months, and my husband turns 40 at the very end of 2022. He’ll be getting a vasectomy this time next year. I’ve had two beautiful pregnancies and births, have three beautiful children and I’ve been so fortunate. We will adopt a teen in 10-15 years. It all just feels right for us right now. I am enjoying seeing the relationships between the children blossom so much already in such a short time. And I think we are at our capacity in terms of managing our individual relationships one-on-one with each child at this point. We have so much to look forward to, and so much of that will be made easier from this point by being done. We were just talking about how fun water parks will be in a few short years. Since they’re all pretty close in age, there will be so many activities like that where it won’t be so hard to do things all together in the future because there’s only 4 years between H and P. Since we have done EC (Elimination Communication) with each of our 3 and it’s just going SO well with P so far, we will be done done with diapers in a year, year and a half, I’m sure. I’m really looking forward to that milestone for us all. I love babies and have enjoyed them each in different ways, but right now, I’m not sad about saying goodbye to the fully-hands-on elements of parenting the tiniest people. I’m just looking forward to all that we will do together.