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Saturday, October 13, 2012

6 Weeks Into This....

Mazi is 6 weeks old and already has changed sooo much. She is holding her head up longer and longer everyday and she can roll over if she is on her belly.  She is much more alert staring at all the new things around her. I can't seem to keep up. I have only practiced yoga twice since her birth, I shower about once every three days (if i'm lucky) I eat cereal dry and it takes me all day to cook dinner for JJ which he usually finishes after he gets home.
I really do Love it because I Love Amazing Grace sooo much.

I have spent soo much time thinking, planning and preparing for my birth that I didn't really get to the part of what will happen after birth, I just assumed it would all fall into place.  Well, it has fallen into place alright, with Mazi in control. The birth was so much easier than I thought it could be, in 4 hours I was finished with the 9 months worth of planning and preparation. I felt like I was a great success and I was so proud of myself and my wonderful body, I felt great considering,
but...why doesn't everyone talk about the aftermath, the POSTPARTUM stuff?
This is the stuff that needs the preparation. The birth is the simple part and thats coming from someone who did it naturally, most women use drugs and numb the entire process.

What I am going to talk about is the Postpartum 6 weeks in...

First tip is capsulation of your placenta, I capsulated my placenta-dehydrating and making a powder then placing in capsules to ingest twice a day, I will do an entire post on under health and wellness. This simple process saved me for 4 weeks, keeping my hormones in check and giving me added nutrition and energy, I felt really good every time I took them...then I ran out.
 Instantly, my hormone fluctuation sent me from tears to extreme exhaustion to rage and not really understanding why.. I Love this little angel so much why do I feel this way.
It has nothing to do with not Loving her enough. My body is changing so fast and so much is going on inside yet, on the outside I am tired and hungry and I can't get anything finished because I am holding my child all day, out of choice, and she is trying to learn how her body works which makes her a bit fussy and she wants nothing more than to be bounced all day and taken for walks over and over again because she prefers outside to inside. I don't get too many chances for yoga and meditation (my release and balancing act) I am lonely because I am 2,000 miles away from my home and I miss my Mother and Sister and family and friends soooo dearly, plus its fall and winter is around the corner which means for wet Tennessee, staying indoors more....ahhhhhh!!...and my baby feels all this chaos too!

Then theres the part of concern, concern for everything! I was concerned for Mazi's system with gas and bloating, every cry created a new concern. I thought my milk supply wasn't enough, I thought I had a blood clot, I thought I thought I thought and that wasn't getting me anywhere. I was simply just overwhelmed with my new role as a mother, a caretaker, a person fully responsible for another. Everything was functioning and is functioning perfectly!

But why isn't this the talk of childbirth, why isn't this what people plan and prepare for? Even with a ton of help around, postpartum is something that can't be avoided, my body must change and quickly and my world must change because there is a new being thats to fit in it. I am not dealing with depression but boy do I feel the weight of things and until it becomes second nature this ride is bumpy. Plus, I don't even get to make Love to my man until today, well technically last night but still. This is my new reality and it is busy, it is challenging, it is stressful, it is tiring, it is lonely, it is crazy, but it is also beautiful, it is tender, it is warm, it is moment to moment engaging, it is mine! I am so thankful that I am here in life, I waited awhile for it but I am going to be real, this postpartum stuff needs more attention this is where life gets real and in your face, and its hard to deal with when in it. Although just like the birth if your somewhat prepared, as much as you can be, it might be easier to handle.

Thank God I have and incredibly understanding and sweet man to hold me through it all! Thanks JJ Peek, I Love you more than you'll ever know.



  1. Here is a link to a HILARIOUS post about postpartum.

    Just know it gets better! My sister has colicky babies, and I look at her as such a rockstar. It will get easier, and babies tend to become more content as they get older. I'm sure Mazi is just adjusting to the world she came into earlier than planned:-). You look great. Love seeing pictures of you and babe!

  2. You are not alone. Even though my family is close by and the kids are 6 and 5 it is still a struggle sometimes (alot). Adjusting to the new "you" and finding out who that person is in comparision to who you thought you would be takes a lot of time. I still am trying to figure it out. I love, love being their mom and would never give it up!! Just be as patient and loving with yourself as you want people to be with your child. And Ill try to send hugs to your spirit whenever you need them.

  3. AMEN to postpartum not being addressed enough. I had no idea what to be prepared for once I was on my way home from the hospital. It was a rough ride for me, to say the least, and like you (at least from what it sounds like), my body had some serious ups and downs and adjusting to do. Thankfully it all balanced itself out & my babies were patient with me while my body got back to "normal".
    I love that you are just going with your momma insticts though, and like you said in your post above, you can listen to others advice, etc., but at the end of the day, you are her mom and you are the ONLY one that knows exactly what she needs. I so believe that.
    I will say this though, a colicky baby is in my opinion, one of the hardest things in the world!! Nix was terribly colicky, and Ny not at all, so I've experienced both. Best of luck. My gosh she is a cutie, and my gosh you look great for just having a baby!