Sunday, January 18, 2009

Just Coming Up For Air

I am no good at recovering from pregnancy and delivery. After giving birth to La Luz I couldn't sit upright for weeks and had raging headaches and counted my pain medication in a panic, worried that I might not have enough. The experience this time is not altogether different. Okay, I am not counting pain pills this time. There are plenty left and I am actually getting by with a double dose of Tylenol every few hours. But, I do have plenty of pain, this time in a totally different place. I am a bit disappointed that childbirth damaged me in two places. It would have been nice to select one location, but I suppose that's how life goes, and it is, of course, such a small price to pay.

Right now my days and nights are spent much in the same way, holding the baby, feeding the baby, changing the baby's clothes and diapers. I am living in p.j.s or stretchy athletic pants and am limited in the amount of trips I can take up and down the stairs. I have watched plenty of terrible t.v. and I promise that when I return to work I will no longer complain that I would like a day off of work to do nothing but lounge on the sofa watching t.v. I have been fortunate to have a ton of extra help and I honestly don't know how I would manage without all of the love and support of family and friends.

James is quickly adapting to the world outside. He doesn't flinch when Loki barks, never minds when La Luz covers him with kisses and continues to enjoy being swaddled and cuddled, two things La Luz never allowed as a newborn. I don't really mind the sleepless nights this time. I remember how fast the time goes by and how very little of it is easy to recall once the time has passed. Every single minute of it is a blessing.

Here is another picture from the day he was born. I have plenty more but can't download them until the IT person (Christian) clears some space off of the computer. As I start to feel better I imagine I will have more energy to post. Until then, please excuse the inconsistent posts. I am, after all, on maternity leave.

The happy and very surprised family...Who would've thought you could have a child on its due date and that it could take place in an hour and a half.

7 comments:

Kitty Brown said...

Welcome back(ish). Hope you continue to feel better.

Scarlet said...

That's the one thing that was cool about Maddie's birth - she came about 1.5 hours after we checked into the hospital! Love you to pieces and am sending you all good thoughts and prayers!

NOLAcathie said...

Julie, I love that your big smile captures the joy of that moment, despite all that was going on with you on the other side of the blue curtain!

Mary Cox said...

i have got to meet the little bundle of love! i am so jealous that katie got to meet him first, but no worries he will love me more! glad you seem to be on your way to recovery.

NolaMom said...

Love the post-sounds like you are doing great.

Robincita said...

I agree....your smile speaks volumes! Hang in there and take care of yourself! Can't wait to see more pics.

Nola said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!!