Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Here we are!

Well, it has been exactly one month since little man made his entrance into the world. I haven't had the time to sit and post a blog, but here are some pictures of the day. It was as far from a 'natural' childbirth experience as it could have been unfortunately. I really wanted to do this the old fashioned way, but my
cervix wouldn't cooperate. In the end I am grateful for modern medicine that got our baby out healthy and safe. 
Ryder Darin Hunter, 7lbs 8oz of perfection! 
  Our family is complete! 
After begging to be released from recovery, I finally get time with my son
Recovery from a c-section is no joke, and add to that the 40ish hours of labor that preceeded it and you have one tired mamma. The first week and a half post partum was really really tough. Thankfully my mom was with us and she really helped.
Leaving the hospital
Daddy is in love
One week old! 
One month later and things are definitely better. We do have a baby that is quite vocal and demanding though. And he is only really happy when he is on his mamma. I spend almost 24hrs a day with him either on my boob or on my chest- thank god for the carriers! We have also slept together since night one, and while I never thought I would do it, with limited mobility after the surgery it was just easier.
And now we both sleep better and longer together. He will nap occasionally during the day in his crib which is great and I'm sure as he gets older that will improve.
We sleep like this every night
Cuddle Time with Daddy
Who knew I'd be a baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping mom? not me. The cloth diapers are a god send by the way. Disposables cause a nasty rash on his butt and tended to leak 3 out of 5 times. Since we switched his little bum is perfect again and we rarely have pee throughs.
I'd get nothing done without this wrap!
He loves it
I won't even get into post partum exercise for another 4 weeks, I don't plan to rush it as I really want my body to be 100% before I start. I will be starting from ground zero, that is for certain. I have almost no muscle left on my body!

In the end it is all worth it. I have never been happier or more fulfilled in my life. I can no longer imagine life without this little guy!
Getting more alert now
So peaceful and perfect
One month old today! 


cherelli said...

He is beautiful Amber!! Congratulations! And good on you for finding a parenting style that works for now - we are still working on ours? We tried the co-sleeping but I kept waking up thinking I was smothering C (and ironically even now sleeping separately i still half-wake sometimes thinking she is still attached to my boob and have a freak out!)...C seems to be entering a particularly "vocal" phase this week - it is a little stressful! Best wishes for finishing off your recovery and regaining full health; sorry to hear the birth wasn't quite to plan but - you got what is most important :)

Lisa Ulrich said...

He's just beautiful, Amber! Congratulations - I am so thrilled for you guys!