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My recovery has been great. I was let out of the hospital after two days, I took everyone’s advice and started walking around as soon as I could after my c-section. I kept up with my pain meds and have been doing just all around great!
As far as the sleeping it hasn’t been so great. baby Elizabeth definitely has a different temperament than Adam and it’s been hard to adjust to that. When I was recovering with Adam was I put on bed rest for several weeks. We had both our moms here for the first week and then my mother-in-law stayed for a full month to help since I had such a rough recovery. Because I had so much family, I was able to rest all the time. Sure, they woke me up to feed my son, but other than that I was barely able to walk around and for that first month all I did was rest.
This time, I was not prepared for how little sleep I have been getting. My husband has been a HUGE help, helping with feedings and both of us taking turns watching the kids and napping during the day. The nights have been rough though with us barely getting 2-3 hours of sleep.
Before Elizabeth was born, I wasn’t worried about how I would love another child, I wasn’t worried so much about being a parent to two. I was worried about how I would do things a second time around. What if I messed her up? Not to brag, and while we definitely aren’t perfect parents, I am happy with how we have raised my son so far. I wanted to do the exact same things with Elizabeth.
In the past three weeks, I’ve had to lower my expectations a little, become a little more flexible, and come to understand that every child is different. If we don’t do the exact same things with Elizabeth that we did with Adam, it will be ok. Everything will work out, and things will get easier after the first month. That’s one hope I have held onto, because I know the first month is rough, but I know it does get better!
One of the best things about being a mama to two has been watching my son and my daughter together. My son is just so sweet to her. There has been no jealousy issues, and he just adores his little sister. He still has a hard time understanding that he has to wait sometimes because mama is busy with feeding baby or changing baby, but other than that, the adjustment for him as gone so well. All of my son’s therapists recommended to just keep up with his regular schedule as much as possible, and not change too much and that has really seemed to work. I am so thankful.
Being a mama to two has been a dream come true really and I am so happy the Lord has completed our little family. Thank you to everyone who has been praying for us during this time, we appreciate it so much!