Hopefully you have already read Part 1 on what I experienced while being pregnant. I hope I didn't scare anyone with my experiences, but honestly these are all the things you could read about in the, What to expect while you are expecting, book or really any other pregnancy book.
What did I experience Post pregnancy??
1. Exhaustion-again!!: It's something you just can't ever prepare for! My 1st baby actually was and still is a great sleeper but all nursing mama's understand that even if you can sleep when the baby sleeps- nursing, pumping, engorgement, other children, hunger, and life sometimes gets in the way of that rest. Not to mention the time (and worry) you spend checking in on baby just to make sure they are breathing and everything is ok.
2. Episiotomy during delivery- need I say more!! Just look it up. The healing process was no fun at all.
3. Engorgement/nursing- when your milk 1st comes in OMG the agony! lol You go to bed one way and then you wake up looking like Dolly Parton! I had ice packs, heat packs, everything for the pain. I had no real problem nursing 1st child, from the start she latched on great so outside some normal initial soreness things were good. Second baby however had difficulty latching and lets just say I had anxiety the 1st month+ whenever it was time to nurse her b/c the pain was so unbearable. I consulted a lactation specialists a few times and eventually things got much much better but I had to nurse through the pain for over a month.
4. fun water squirt bottles for your bum, big most dangerous granny panties, topical anesthetic sprays and mega sized pads - I won't go into more details here.
I could go on but I want to end with the WHY.
For it was you who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Psalms 139: 13-14
I don't know how anyone can go through pregnancy and not be a believer in God. There is no way to explain the intricate details of what happens as you grow a life, outside of Christ in my opinion. It is beautiful how our bodies can change/adjust to protect and nurture a baby. No matter how sick I was, I was also in awe of the miracle growing inside of me.
I adore my kids and even when Im exhausted at the end of the day and just can't wait for their bedtime, I actually miss them when they are sleep. I love how my two year old (Malachi) is a mini version of myself. She cracks me up daily by the things she says and does. My little "bossy boots" who tells me to be careful and slow down while I'm driving. Who asks me if I'm ok if I cough or bump into something. She tells Wes his music is too loud and to please turn it down-something I say all the time haha. Micah gives endless hugs and greets daddy at the door after a long day at work with the excitement of a puppy. Its the cutest thing EVER! Malachi makes up songs in the car and when the Curious George cartoon's intro song comes on Micah dances like she is at a party. Where did she get those moves?!?!
They melt my heart with the love they have for each other as sisters. Malachi rubs her sisters back and Micah gives Malachi hugs and kisses. They run after each other giggling, ride on the same bike together all the time, and Malachi climbs into the pack and play just to play with her sister and keep her company when Im trying to cook. Everyday I feel blessed to have both girls and it does make me regret the daily threats to Wes while pregnant, that I wasn't having another child after the 1st ;). I know that all the pain and exhaustion I experienced while pregnant and the post pregnancy craziness was completely worth it to enjoy life with these sweet girls. I would never trade all the snuggles, kisses, and hugs I get for anything in the world.