With this passing week, the post-partum period is technically over. I’m still not healed all the way from my 2nd degree tear, and mentally I am still in this blurry and delirious state of adjustment to caring for a newborn. I wonder who decided that post-partum is a 6 week deal… I’m sure some people are back to normal physically and mentally much sooner, and other take longer.
Right now I am walking around the house with the baby in the Bjorn carrier. She doesn’t always like it, but when it works, it works. I used it this morning to make my coffee and breakfast, and now to do some writing. Lifesaver. My arms can only take so much.
I went shopping with the baby this week for some jeans in between maternity and my old size. I was waiting for a long time to get into the accessible fitting room, and it turned out someone from my hypnobirthing class was using it as a nursing room. I wanted to ask her if she wanted to grab a coffee sometime and talk about new mom stuff, but I wussed out. Anyway, I got jeans that fit and they make me feel so much better about myself.
I also tried to go to my first meeting on campus with the baby. My old advisor was giving a presentation. Unfortunately Avery came down with the worst bout of gassiness she has ever had right when the presentation started. I left my diaper bag in the room while I tried to soothe her in the hallway, but she didn’t soothe. She just got more and more upset. Finally someone brought my bag into the hall for me, and I left. I hadn’t been unable to soothe her before then and it was torture. It took hours and every hold/position I could figure out to finally get her to settle, and by then she was overtired and she fussed about that.
Then the following evening we started into The Witching Hour, with inconsolable evening crankies. Thank you to all the bloggers who reached out and gave me tips and assurances. It helps so much to know that other babies do this too.
Here are a couple of pictures from our one month fall photo shoot.