Discovering Me

Me on having babies, losing babies, trying to have babies and hoping to bring this one home.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Where does the time go?

Seriously. November? How did that happen? I feel like I've barely had time to breathe since September. It seems like Christmas is almost here already. Damn.

This post may be a little disjointed since I have so many unrelated things to, um, relate. Apologizing in advance for that.


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Nat is a peach. She's pretty easy so long as she's fed and warm. She does not like to go hungry and would prefer to be on the boob as much as possible. She hates being cold, so baths and diaper changing are a blast. It's finally showing signs of winter here too, so she better get used to the occasional chill.

My attempts to make sure she did not sleep in our bed the way her sister did, have failed. I do not do well tired. I need sleep and my need for it has made me forget how hard it was (and how long it took) to get Gracie out of our bed. She's a more scheduled sleeper and eater than Gracie was, so I'm hoping that once she's off of the 2-3 hour feeding requirements, I can ease her into the bassinet and then to her crib. Here's hoping.

After her birth at 6'12", she she lost and went down to 5'14". When my milk finally came in, she gained back to 7'2" at 4 weeks. She does like to eat this girl of mine. I would guess now at 6 weeks (!) she's somewhere in the 8' range. She's still only wearing the newborn sizes, but she's pretty long, 22 inches at the 4 week appointment, so I think we'll be in the 3 mos. stuff just for the length before too long. I guess we'll have another beanpole like daddy and sister.

I'd post the birth story, but honestly, when you have a c-section, it's really pretty uneventful. The only weird part was that I was taken into the OR and given the spinal, but the OB was nowhere to be found. She was on the floor somewhere and didn't answer her pages. She finally came in after I'd been there and numb for something like 30 minutes.

Oh, I had one issue...the nurses thought they'd try to put the catheter in BEFORE the spinal. WTF? Who would be okay with that? I told them they were nuts and they could wait until the spinal was in. They did. Okay, for those of you who haven't had the pleasure yet...NEVER, EVER let them do the catheter before you are numb. Never. Not ever. Very bad.

For those of you hoping that the DBT's will stop when said baby is born, think again. Mine have taken on a whole new dimension. More on that later.


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I wasn't sure how I'd feel after she was born. I didn't have any preconceived notions about how her birth might change my experience with having lost Audrey. I still don't quite know how to explain it all. I still feel the loss. I very much feel the hole between Gracie and Natalie that is where Audrey should be. I don't know what to say about it yet.
I know Gracie feels it. She's said things like "Does Natalie get to stay with us a while before she goes to Heaven?" And, "Mommy, you have to do everything you can to keep Natalie alive." I hate that even her experience with her new sister has been warped by the loss of another. She doesn't understand that babies do get to come home and that babies do live. Her experience is so different that she just doesn't understand that this is how it should have been. Her reality is not like that of others.
Jim mentions Audrey more than he used to. I think maybe he's feeling that hole too. We scheduled to have family pictures taken and I plan to have some done of the girls. I will bring Audrey's bear as my small attempt to make sure she's included in the family photos...even if we are the only ones who know its significance.
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Mom leaves on Friday. She and I are both amazed at how fast it's come on us. I don't know what I'll do without her. She's kept this place running in so many ways. I don't know how I'll keep all the balls in the air when she's gone.
Wish me luck.

4 Comments:

  • At 2:27 PM , Blogger Ruby said...

    What a great idea to take her bear to be in your family picture.

    I have a bear for my daughter too and I'm going to include it in the next family photo. Thanks.

     
  • At 5:49 PM , Blogger niobe said...

    Wishing you luck. But, on the whole, things *sound* like they're going fairly well, even though, of course, Nat's presence makes you all aware of Audrey's absence.

     
  • At 5:43 AM , Blogger Catherine said...

    I'll tell you where the time went...it's here...tick tocking so slowly I think I might go mad. Funny how we can experience the same passage of time so differently, isn't it? :o)

     
  • At 10:38 AM , Blogger KB said...

    ya know, I'd think you were crazy if you DIDN'T feel the loss of Audrey!! (and don't get that wrong, I do still think you are crazy... but for a bunch of other reasons. ;) )

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that you are going to have her bear in your photos. I can't wait to see them!!!

    Just for the record, my V key is being tempermental.... just in case I missed a V somewhere in that post. Didn't want you to think I was sloshed already. ;)

     

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