Friday, April 18, 2008

Let the adventure begin

I should be sleeping. But I'm not all that tired. Weird? Yes. Bad? Probably. Oh well.

In case you haven't been keeping up with Clark's blog, I'm a mommy! And not only that, I'm a mommy to the most beautiful girl in the world! Ok, I might be a little biased, but she really is quite cute, and I love to just watch her.

What I really wanted to say, though, was that Clark is a real champ. He helped me with all the labor and delivery stuff, and I didn't even have to worry about him passing out or anything! And he has taken such good care of me in recovery. I ask for it, and he does it. No complaining. And best of all, he is an awesome daddy. He knows how to calm Julia down and keep her calm. I guess he's had plenty of practice being my husband. He keeps his emotional girls in check. He's asleep right now. So is Julia. Julia has been asleep for 5.5 hours, actually, I keep waiting for her to wake up, but she seems to be content where she is. Don't worry, I have gotten some sleep. But I've been awake for the last couple of hours, kind of waiting for Julia to wake up so I can feed her, kind of resting, maybe dozing off for a few minutes here and there. Oh, and writing in my journal. I feel like I should probably document everything that's happened.

We plan on going home this afternoon. The OB mentioned that he might have me do a chest X-ray before we leave, just to make sure everything is ok. But I feel great. Really great, considering I gave birth yesterday. Things are sore, but they feel improved this morning. And this is coming from the wimp. I wanted to kill myself when I was feeling those contractions, and they weren't even that hard, nor did I feel them for hours on end. But I will say, all the other procedures have been a lot better than I anticipated. The epidural was no big deal, just a small needle stick. The catheder wasn't a big deal either, in fact I preferred to have it in, especially with the lasics (aka diuretics) they put me on after delivery. There was a lot of urine coming out of me. Everything seems to be healing quite nicely. Breastfeeding is still somewhat of a chore, but I feel confident that we'll get the hang of it in time. I was so concerned about all of these things, and they were all fine. The one thing I wasn't concerned about was contractions, because I thought to myself, "I'll just get the epidural." And those were not fine. Funny how life works.

Ok, time to rest again. I'll try to post more once we're home.


Steph and Greg said...

Congrats! We are so excited for you guys. We are so relieved that everyone is healthy and happy. We are in Salt Lake until Saturday but I will call you when we get home.

carsonjmd said...

Yay! I get to be the first one to make a comment! Congratulations Mommy! You really did to great! Julia is beautiful! Hey I thought we agreed on Kate for a middle name? What's up with that? Just kiddin'! Oh and I could totally see that beautiful red hair in one of the pictures on Clark's blog! Lucky you! We have a little girl in our ward that has the EXACT same color of red as you! Amazing....natural blond highlights and all! I am so happy for you both and tell Clark I said Congratulations. With any luck we will be headed down to Utah sometime in June or July. Maybe we can meet up! Love you LOTS!

Justin, Nadine, and Brener said...

cant wait to meet her!

Em said...

Don't say you're a wimp! Those cytotec induced contractions, the ones that aren't supposed to be very big, the ones that don't do anything very fast, hurt like hades!

I had no pain relievers when I was in labor with Hadley, but it... all of it including the "hard contractions" was a piece of cake compared to those other wretched contractions. GOOD WORK! BE PROUD! YOU'RE TOUGH!

Glad things are going well!

Karen said...

Yay..home again! Enjoy this time of resting/nursing/changing diapers/ repeat. :) I really do love this part! Just let the house and everything go and sleep! If you do, it'll all work out ok. :)

Janet said...

Hi Shannon
Congratulations! Grandma Joy told me your good news. Yeah-the adventure begins, a lifetime one. Good luck to all of you!
Janet P.

Janet said...

Hi Shannon- Grandma Joy told me the good news-congratulations!