What I’ve Learned: Labor & Delivery

I’m a little sad to say that this is the close to my “What I’ve Learned” series. Thanks for hanging in there and reading over the past 40’ish weeks of the pregnancy.

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  1. The last two weeks of pregnancy felt as long the previous 8 1/2 months. How 2 weeks could feel that long I’ll never understand.
  2. I was lucky enough not to get swollen during the last few weeks. However, I was told that I looked like I’d be in labor any day with a follow up of how I had “pregnancy face”.  Helpful Tip: don’t tell that to a pregnant woman. Ever.
  3. When they finally brought Sarah to me I was shaking bad from the medications and was too nervous to hold her. My nurse told me if you bite your tongue you won’t shake. It worked & I FINALLY got to hold my baby. Delivery nurses can be amazing!
  4. Having a lot of visitors at the hospital was great, but I had no idea just how tired I’d be. Plus, trying to coordinate and work around a feeding schedule was really difficult. I looked forward to and loved any and all private moments I got with our girl.
  5. I gained a total of 40 pounds over the pregnancy. When we left the hospital I had lost around 15 pounds. That was encouraging news, but what were those extra 25lbs from ?! ; )
  6. While ‘on her way out’ the Doctor announced “we’ve got a head full of hair”! I’ve never been so excited about a baby having hair as I was at that moment. I was extra excited because I so want Sarah to have her daddy’s dark thick locks.
  7. I have an awesome new-mom trick… I can fall asleep within 15 seconds. Sometimes I blink & it turns into a “mini nap”.
  8. If you tested positive for Strep-B, when you check into the hospital be sure to check your IV-Stand and make sure it rolls smoothly. Otherwise you may get stuck with the one I got and when you try to roll/push it you know you got one like the ghetto cart people leave in the aisle at Walmart.
  9. I didn’t want to send Sarah to the nursery, even at night, because I wanted to stare at her and watch her sleep. I don’t regret that decision for a second.
  10. Eat on your way to the hospital, even if you are in heavy intense labor. Otherwise you are stuck with ice chips from the moment you check-in until possibly hours after the baby arrives. By the time I got to eat it had been well over 32 hours since my last meal.
  11. I have gotten a major case of ‘pregnancy brain’. It took me over a week from Sarah’s birth to check my phone voicemail, and I don’t think I remember a single one of them. Trying to keep track of feeding times, wet diapers, when I last ate, and what day it is, is next to impossible.
  12. I wish I had enjoyed the leisureliness of a simple shower the past few months. Now I’m lucky if I can grab a shower in 2-3 days time, and when I do I am rushing and listening to see if I hear Sarah getting upset. And bubble baths… I can only dream of the day that that will happen again.
  13. Because I was sure we were going to have a chunker of a baby I packed normal 0-6 month outfits for the hospital. Be sure you pack a premie outfit, just in case. Nothing I had packed fit Sarah, and still only about 4 outfits do.
  14. Last, a shout out to my amazing husband. He has been my rock throughout all of this and he continues to amaze me with his compassion and love for me, and now for Sarah as well. I’ve never seen a man look so handsome as when I watch Stephen with our daughter. God is good friends, and my patient and comedic husband still continues to surprise me with his endless love and growing heart. I have never been happier.

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This is what new moms do:  Stay home and stare at our new additions doing absolutely nothing…

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9 Thoughts on “What I’ve Learned: Labor & Delivery

  1. aunt vicci on March 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm said:

    you enjoy that sweet sweet baby and rest when she is sleeping.so proud of you.love you

  2. nicole on March 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm said:

    Great post!!! God is awesome!!!

  3. amanda on March 17, 2011 at 8:58 pm said:

    I love this post Cassie…I think its one of my favorite!! I love all your advice..its good stuff!! Really wish we could of gotten together tonight, but I can’t wait to see you again!! You’re gonna be/are a great mom!!! …BTW I haven’t had a bubble bath in well over 3 years :O)

    • Cassie on March 23, 2011 at 8:42 am said:

      Haha, I guess we’ll just decide that bubble baths are overrated ;) However, we can definitely plan on some future pool-visits (those are more fun anyways). Now we just gotta find a pool…

  4. Mom Ringl on March 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm said:

    Wonderful post as usual Cassie my sweet DIL! Of course, this might be the end of the “What I’ve Learned: Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery”, but I for one am going to be looking forward to the “What I’ve Learned: Being a Mom” series! … much love to you Stephen and Sarah!

  5. Fan-freakin-tastic :) Now I want this all in one long list, double spaced, word counted, and on the press, PRONTO… I’d buy it.

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