Man, what an ordeal having a baby is on the body! It sure is a wonderfully amazing and beautiful process, but the aftermath is ROUGH. You quickly go from being very pregnant, having gotten used to not seeing your toes, & peeing every 4 1/2 minutes, to being able to bend over, sleeping only on your sides, & having to take twice the time to climb stairs, to so many other things. Then, you push a little baby out and then it starts a whole new slew of things to recover from. Beginning of course with the 'downstairs' going back to normal (being uncomfortable for 8 days afterwards), the ability to lay on your stomach again (even though it feels like you are doing wrong since you haven't been able to for so long), your ankles and legs finally deflate and you can see bones again, the stomach still cramps a bit on occasion as your cervix continues to contract, hormones are swinging up and down constantly, & don't even get me started on the feeling of engorgement (boobs are like rocks & FULL to the gushing milk point). Ha. Did I really say above that this was a beautiful and amazing process???? :-P
God really did do some amazing stuff when He created us women. Our bodies are a marvel that I will never be able to fully understand in their entirety. Luckily, all of the 'beauties' of pregnancy really do eventually return to 'normal' and soon, I will feel completely human again, with no more soreness and the ability to do so many things that I haven't been able to do for several months now. I'm quite surprised that I still haven't had a glass of champagne or a margarita (though doing either of those is still quite tricky with pumping & finding time for it). What I really want is a hot tub...in the backyard I don't currently have. That would be great.
Well, things are good here because every day that passes is another day closer to being back to normal. Chad goes back to work this coming Monday so next week should be quite an interesting transition. I don't doubt my abilities, I just know how wonderful it has been to be able to double-team this thing thus far. Pray that we can both get some good sleep and some good stuff done while daddy isn't here. Then, in a couple of weeks, we are headed down to Orlando for a couple of days, including Christmas day, then we fly over to Texas to see my family for about a week, & then we are expected to be in place in Alabama by the 5th of January for SOS (Chad's 5 week schooling). THEN, a couple of weeks later, we MOVE TO TEXAS for good! WOO-Hoo! We can't wait!
Please keep us in your prayers as we attempt the somewhat impossible and drag this new little baby here, there, and everywhere this disease-infested holiday season. I know, we're crazy, but we're hoping for the best. Be back soon with whatever else comes to mind! :)