Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's me, not you


So lest anyone think I have hard children, I should say the problem is not them - it's me. Seriously, do they look like trouble makers?
Really, thank heavens these babies have been so good so far. They eat, look around, and sleep, and only fuss for a few hours between about 10pm and 1am - which I expected since they were like that in the womb too. As I was starting to blow dry my hair today I was thinking how nice it is to have babies who actually sleep for a few hours at at time. With Cash I knew I had exactly a half hour to do anything before he was awake again. Anyhow, they are wonderful and the two of them together are easier than Cash was, although I realize they've only just reached when they would have been full term and they'll probably wake up and be fussier soon enough.
In the meantime, I don't know why I'm such a mess. It's probably not a good sign when the high point of your recovery was while you were still in the hospital. I am just not destined to have good recoveries. Let's just say by the end of this week I will have been to the chiropractor 3 times, an orthopedist, my OB (couldn't wait until the 6 week checkup), the pediatrician (for two week baby checkups), and will have had x-rays, an MRI and two different types of cultures performed on me. Ugh.
To stay positive, however, I did think of a few more things we did right. Like the fact that I started pumping after each feeding from the very beginning - I feel much more confident about my milk supply this time. (Plus I do it in front of the computer so I'm assured my coveted personal time at the computer! You all wonder how I have the time to blog :) Also, the week before I had the babies, I had ordered some new clothes from Old Navy - comfy clothes to wear around the house that would be flattering on the post-baby bod, but ones that were still cute if people showed up at the house. When I got home from the hospital, the package was waiting for me. It was so nice to have new clothes and not feel like I still had to be wearing my maternity clothes.

As for my experiment this time - I swear the reason why the actual popping out of the babies is pretty easy for me is because the phrase "child bearing hips" was coined for people just like me. I swear my hips open WIDE up to let those babies out. Therefore, pants I wear into the hospital 9 months pregnant can't even get over my hips on the way out. So I figure while my body is still going back to normal, I'll try wearing some serious hip-sucking spandex for a few hours a day and see if I can get back into my normal clothes anytime soon. I'll let you know how it goes.

9 comments:

Shannon said...

Oh My! Them are some dang cute boys. I am sorry you are having a horrible recovery. Wish I could be there to help you.

Jenilee said...

What a great idea to oreder clothes from Old Navy. I am going to remember that idea. As of last Sunday I was finally able to wear non-maternity clothes. I was so tired of them. Your boys are so cute. Their faces have already changed. We think of you guys often. Good luck.

The Mackays said...

After my next baby I am taking your clothes ordering idea. It is so frustrating to have a baby and come home to still wearing maternity clothes. Great idea! Your boys are adorable, I hope someday I can meet them in person.

Laurie Jones said...

Why are they doing an MRI on you? You got me a little worried when you started mentioning all the tests you are taking. I am glad the babies are doing well. Everytime I come to your blog to find a new picture with them together-it is followed by a big Awwww! They are adorable.

Lu Lu said...

Do you have a hands-free pumping kit? You must if you can type unless you've rigged up something else. When I first saw these I thought "how kinky", but now I have to say it was the best purchase I made that year! Medella makes them.

Jen I said...

They make a hands free pumping thing? Hmm, I'll have to check into it. I just have been getting creative.

Spar-Mar Girl said...

Hi! I hope things are getting better for you. The boys are too cute! hey, I finally started a blog for our family, so if you get an invite from Spar-Mar girl, it's me!
Mandy

Susie said...

After reading about the delivery I'm not surprised that the recovery is a challenge. Even though things went very well it's still a tremendous and remarkable thing you did! I'm so glad you're getting the help you need to take care of yourself. Even when everything else is great post partum, coping skills seldom are!
One who knows . . .

Jeremy and Karen said...

jen! congratulations, your boys are SO cute. i am amazed at you and brooke, 2 boys 2 years apart was crazy enough for me :o) keep up the good work!!!