Title: The first 24 hours.
Before we left for the hospital on October 13, 2009, I made sure all the essentials were packed for Harrison – a blanket, comfy sleeper to come home in, a hat & pacifier. I cared very little about what I packed for me or Doug; truthfully, my little boy was all I thought about those days. & how much it might hurt getting him from uterus to outside world. 19 hours of labor later, 90 minutes of pushing & I held my little boy in my arms.
Exhausted & swollen & utterly famished, we were wheeled into our postpartum room where I called my mother & invited her to meet her grandson. Then I asked her to bring something for me to eat. Object #1 to obtain in the first 24 hours: FOOD. I was told to eat a light breakfast & I obliged with a small bowl of cereal & glass of orange juice. But labor is pretty much the hardest workout ever & over 24 hours later, I was tempted to gnaw my own arm off in hunger. The Momma brought in a biscuit & yogurt from McDonald’s & I stuffed my face before any of the other patients ordered their breakfast.
Once I was full, I realized that I stunk. Remember how labor is a workout? & pretty much every human fluid known to mankind is released? Item #2: SHOWER. The nurse helped me & for any future births, I will be bringing my own pretty suds & shampoos. I was so thankful that I brought my hair dryer & a pretty, soft nightgown & robe to put on after the shower – I felt human again.
Under the nightgown & robe? The most important thing for formula feeders: BINDING. I decided not to nurse & while I had no milk yet, I wanted to be sure I didn’t stimulate it & then have the painful process of drying up. I wore two sports bras & then wrapped my chest with a flexible back brace. Yes, you read that right. I’ve heard that other folk bind their bellies to help the uterus shrink faster & that’s dandy, but I was more focused on my non-performing breasts.
Last, but certainly not least, was a BLANKET from home for my husband. He was exhausted after staying up with me all night & when Harrison went to the nursery to be bathed & checked, we caught 45-minutes of shut-eye. It made life so much more comfy for Doug to have a large, warm blanket from home to curl up with on the sofa in the hospital room.
Was there anything unexpected that you wanted or needed in the first 24 hours after delivery?