1 Week Postpartum

Round belly. Thick thighs. Full breasts.
I look at the body that housed my fifth baby and I am extremely grateful to it. Nature is amazing. Women are beyond incredible, powerful, and strong.

As of today, I am one week postpartum. This week has been filled with sweat as my hormones regulate, tears of joy and also of sadness, and lots of love from my family. A true roller coaster of emotions.

Our daughter received her name today and as if it was perfectly planned her umbilical stump fell off. I also noticed her tiny baby feet are starting to get little
lines in them.

Time, please slow down.

This week has been magical and also challenging. The children are in love with their little sister, and I’ve also noticed they’ve been seeking attention in new and different ways. Last night, my three-year-old was up until nearly midnight wanting to spend quality time with me I am sure. We were playing a special game where I was a purple unicorn and she was a pink one. She must really love me because purple is her favorite color.

As my newborn sleeps on my chest, I look at her little face and I can’t believe she came from me. There is something so divine about bringing new life to be. Words will never be able to capture the contentment felt in this moment. As I breathe in her newborn scent, all worries fade away.

My home is a mess but my heart is full and happy. Sometimes, we need to surrender and let the little things go in order to enjoy the big things. The floors will be clean at some point, but my baby will never be this small again.

I’m grateful for tiny reminders to breathe it all in. Life happens one breath at a time, and the time is now.

From Womb to World- the Shortest Trip, but the Longest Journey

A letter to our soon to be born baby

Dear little one,

We are here waiting for you.  Our hearts are aligned and we are ready to welcome you into our family when you feel it’s time.

Life is wonderful and mysterious.  We’re sure you’ve heard our joy, anger, love, and family shenanigans.  Please know, there is no need to be afraid.

Love is our guiding source, and although we may stray at times, we always come back to it.  Just like in the womb, here you will be given everything you need; love, warmth, connection, protection, and joy.

We are honored you chose us as your family, and we can’t wait to greet you.

Nobody Told Me

Nobody told me that after giving birth to my baby I would have to deliver the placenta

Nobody told me how much emotion would rush over me upon seeing my newborn’s face for the first time

Nobody told me how hard it is to be the mother of a newborn

Nobody told me how much new babies need to nurse and how little sleep I would get

Nobody told me how isolating it would be to be a new mom

Nobody told me my postpartum hormones would make me feel as if I was losing my mind at times

Nobody told me how much love my heart could hold

Nobody told me my child’s smile and laugh would light up my whole world

Nobody told me how exciting it would be to hear my child speak their first word

Nobody told me how wonderful it is to watch a human being develop

Nobody told me my child would forgive me no matter what

Nobody told me I could make another being so happy and they would do the same for me

Nobody told me how amazing and difficult the whole experience would be

Nobody told me about the majesty of motherhood