Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sighs of Relief

I think my sweet husband put it best when he said, "It's so good to have YOU back."

After a drama-filled, worrisome, painful, stressful pregnancy, I finally feel like I can breath many, many sighs of relief.


My beautiful BGV was born healthy and as close to perfect as any parent has the right to dream.  Yes, she's tiny, but she's also mighty!  While she/we did endure a stay in the NICU, medical intervention was minimal ... it was really all about monitoring her ... and giving her the chance to figure out suck-swallow-breath ... and being in awe of this tiny 36 week-er who proved that gestational age is just a number ;)


After dreading an induction, I can honestly say it was the best labor experience I can imagine.  I have a great relationship with my OB, and she cleared her entire schedule to be with me at the hospital all day.  She graciously took into account my feelings about natural labor and helped me to manage my pain (and motivate my cervix) without Pitocin or an epidural.  In addition to the best doctor in the world, I also had an amazing nurse who made sure I was comfortable and empowered.  And I fell in love - all over again - with my husband who coached me and kept me focused on the prize :) 

With a dose of "steel-melting" gel on my cervix-o-steel, my uterus stayed true to its grumpy disposition and contracted like a champ. I was able to trust my body to do what it already knows how to do, and I had that all-important "control" over the situation.


My post-partum recovery has been a piece of cake in comparison to the physical demands of a contraction-filled pregnancy.  Physically, I feel great; I've all but forgotten that I even have a uterus!  Birthing such a tiny baby had the advantage of no tearing in the nether-regions.  And with around-the-clock pumping, engorgement (the worst part when I had NHV) wasn't even that bad.  Don't get me wrong, I am exhausted, and I am definitely feeling the hormone surges and dips.  But overall, I am in a much better place physically! 

Of course, the twice-a-week doctor's appointments continue ... but no more non-stress tests or ultrasounds ... just weigh-ins for CJV!



Deann said...

Yea! So glad to hear your continued reports of good tidings! Hopefully we'll be as fortunate in the perfect child/birthing/recovery story! You have the cervix of steel ... I seem to have the baby of steel, he's tough and doesn't want to be moved :-)

Erin said...

Congratulations, and so glad everyone is doing well!

Tyler said...

so no perineum song? :(

Congrats on the healthy baby girl, can't wait to meet her (this spring?).

Oliver'sMom said...

Now, let the games begin!!! LOL. So happy for you all! Glad to hear that your body is bouncing back and lil miss is gaining like she should. Can't wait to meet her (of course, when she's ready...NO GERMS!!!).


Epiphius said...

Glad you're breathing a little easier! You looked so deliriously happy Tuesday!

Shell said...

What a sigh of relief!

Margaret said...

Congrats. She is so precious.

Chi-town momma said...

I'm glad to hear you are getting back to YOU! What a sweet observation by CPV...although I am sure he is breathing his own sigh of relief to have you back! ;)
Enjoy all the moments of sweet newborn bliss and innocent sibling love!

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