I now have experienced another natural birth and man it’s so much easier than having a C-Section! With my first two children I had to have emergency C-Sections and the recovery time was long and painful for me. Being in a constant state of weakness was just a horrible feeling. With my third child I wanted to have a natural birth. Due to his illnesses that laid before him I wanted to give him every chance in the world and by having a natural birth this was one thing I could actually do to help him since he had one lung. It was stressful but yet the most amazing feeling ever pushing him out! With my daughter I wanted to feel this again and my doctor had no problem with me doing so. My epidural had to be turned off due to an allergic reaction that I experienced hours before delivery so I was able to feel the birthing process and I must admit it wasn’t as bad as my mind had told me it was going to be, it was amazing to feel everything and not scary at all. I was probably a little bit braver during labor too since my three children were there with me haha. Once again recovery time was incredibly fast and I was back up on my feet in no time. I’m not saying I wasn’t in pain, I did need stitches from taring and my belly hurt from all of the pushing the nurse and doctor had to do after delivery due to me hemorrhaging but overall it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle!
I have had a difficult time with breastfeeding my daughter. This being the first child for me to breastfeed. I just can’t seem to keep up with her appetite and she is so hungry all of the time. The doctor is having me supplement due to her weight loss and that has seemed to of make it even harder for me to produce enough milk for her. I am trying to hang in there but man it is getting hard! I love the bonding time and the experience of this wonderful natural moment with my daughter! I just hope that I can hang in there for her and me! It’s definitely a lot harder than I thought it was going to be! You think “Oh it’s gonna be a cinch, it’s such a natural thing for a mom to breastfeed their child!” and then you actually do it and it smacks you right in the face….The difficult time my daughter had to latch on, the pain and broken skin, all the devices I have used, all of the soothing products out there, and not to mention all of the TIME haha oh all of the time….and yes I will say it again all of the TIME haha. I never before realized how much work it was for something so natural and not only the work but the hard work haha. God Bless all of my breastfeeding momma’s out there you are wonderful and doing a wonderful job!! Just like Cassie has told me and from one momma to the next… words of encouragement like these really do make you feel better!! Thank you for those thoughtful words Cassie!
|My four beautiful kids|
I feel that she is already growing up so fast and it has only been 4 weeks haha! I look to my other children and I see how mature and grown up they have become and I think to myself, “Dear God where has the time gone and man I’m really getting old!” I can whole heartily say that my older children have been a blessing and have helped their poor dear mother out so much! Not just during my pregnancy but they were there for me before, during, and after my labor and delivery! Of course not actually in the room while I pushed but they were right outside waiting for their precious sister to arrive. Since we have been home their help has continued and I just can’t praise them enough for how loved they make me feel.
I also have to thank my brothers and their beautiful wives (my sisters) for all of the support and help! And Rachel my dear sister I can’t thank you enough for the advice and tips for my breastfeeding dilemmas haha. Jessica, Margie, Debbie, Lori, Gayle thank you for always showing me love and kindness and making me feel like your true sister! I am blessed with such a wonderful family!