Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...
June 8, 2007
Goddess of Awnings and Rashes
This picture looks as if I'm showing off the bandaid, but in fact I'm showing the foot and the attached skinny leg. But tell me the truth: my hand looks like the hand of Miss "I Think of Myself as a Model" on those Baby Einstein videos, doesn't it? It's something in the pose, as if I were conscious of how I wanted my hand to look in the photo. I swear I was thinking only of the foot at the time, and of keeping my hand from blocking a single toesie.
Notice I was not wearing nail polish. My plan was to wear my new L'Oreal Blush It Off, which is just as good as Sundry says, but the little pamphlet from the hospital said no nail polish. Well, bah.
Henry nurses every two hours for an hour. I am glad I have been through this before so I'm not panicking at the way half my time is spent pinned down to a chair. This part improves with time. And already he is not literally nursing every two hours: he often does, but then there are a few longer stretches in there.
A few weeks ago I read a post, I think it was on Playgroupie but I'm too aware of the countdown of the Nursing Clock to go look, about cracked nipples. I think my brilliant suggestion was Lansinoh. I would like to change my answer. My new answer is: Cut them right the hell off, because it will be far less painful in the long run. Save Lansinoh for something less painful, like, say, a leg amputation. And I would like to add that everyone who says that nipples don't crack if you're "doing it right" can BITE ME. The lactation consultant who came to see how things were going at the hospital said she doesn't know why anyone says that, since she herself got cracked nipples when she breastfed, and if a lactation consultant doesn't know how to do it right I don't know who does, and neither does she. I wish she would spread the word to her colleagues.
I sure am glad I have all the bigger clothes I wore before I looked right in maternity clothes, because that's all that fits right now. I had jeans in one and two sizes too big, and a couple of men's t-shirts that I wore Every Single Day, and that's what I'm wearing now. I think otherwise I'd be freaking out, and so I would like to take a moment to re-state what I think is an important rule for pregnancy: buy yourself a very small wardrobe of bigger-than-usual clothes. They'll get you through the "don't look pregnant, just look fat" first half of the pregnancy and then they'll serve you again post partum. I'm getting steadily smaller, but I still look about 4 months pregnant. It's sad but there it is, and it's a whole lot less sad if you can wear some comfy big clothes instead of having a choice between (1) squeezing into clothes that won't even button, and (2) wearing maternity clothes. Both depressing options.
It's nice to see my body deflating. I didn't retain a lot of water this time, but I retained enough that I'm happy to see my foot bones looking so pretty. My calves look all slim, too. I see my face returning to normal, which is such a relief: all through the pregnancy I think, "Oh, I am aging and I am so much less cute than I used to be, and why is my Good Skin all blotchy and pore-y and shiny?," and then I deliver the baby and there's my face coming back to me, cute as ever, albeit with undereye circles that rival an eclipse.
On the other hand, I've lost the Goddess of Fertility look I'd gotten used to. It's lovely to walk around feeling all gorgeous and round, even if you're also feeling heart burn, shortness of breath, and shooting pelvic pains. Now my look is, what? Goddess of Awnings and Rashes? There is a--*shudder*--flap where my stomach was. And pretty much everything they put on or in my body in the hospital left a mark: the adhesive (back, hand, chest, stomach, neck), the enormous synthetic underpants (whose brilliant idea were those?), the fentanyl (which feels delicious but makes me itchy).
Edward is crying "Lah! lah!" (lap), so that gives me a good ending for a post I wasn't sure how to end anyway. Thanks, Edward!
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