Life as Lou

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  • March 2, 2009 10:29 pm


Here is Gabe at one week old. Ovaries a’twitchin’, anyone?

Ok. So. It has been kind of crazy around here. Within one week of Gabe’s birth my gramma passed away and my son had surgery. Can I just say that all that stuff on top of a joyful birth is a lot to handle when you’re swimming in postpartum hormones? I find myself spontaneously bursting into tears or feeling full of anxiety, and then completely full of awe and wonder and love for my children. . .and then I cry again.


Jonas’ surgery went very well. It was minor oral surgery, and I was unreasonably worried over the general anesthesia and him feeling horrible while he recovered. I heard him arrive home with my husband after the surgery and I was so worked up about seeing him hurting and sad and dopey that I couldn’t even come down stairs. When I finally did walk down the stairs, I found a trail of empty pudding cups and a kid blithely playing a video game and then spraying imaginary spider-webs all over the living room and bouncing off the walls. He never took a pain killer, never complained, never looked or acted as though anything out of the ordinary had happened.


My daughter is experiencing severe attitude issues. She is trying to control every tiny aspect of her life, from who is putting on her pajamas, to what she is eating, to the music Chris is playing in the car. Loads of meltdowns and plenty of moments in the corner, which isn’t normal for her. She is happy about the baby, but clearly, feels like her world is in a bit of a tailspin. Hopefully she sweetens up again soon.


I begged Chris to take more leave. And he did. Chris is not leaving on a deployment any time soon (he is just taking leave from regular work at the squadron), but I just wanted him around. He has been picking up my major slack, and he is so cute to watch snuggling with his new son. My husband is a very good father. I love that about him more than almost anything else.


I had a very unpleasant experience the other day. I was nursing Gabriel and when I finished I stood up and suddenly gushed quite a lot of bright red blood. Not only did this worry me, but it made me exceptionally lightheaded. After a few hours the feeling passed. About twenty-four hours later the same thing (on a smaller scale) happened. Since I am supposed to be finished bleeding heavily, and it is rather strange that aside from these gushes everything in that area had stopped completely for a few days and in between, I went in to the ER at the behest of the nurses in the Mother/Baby unit.

I didn’t want to go in because I was pretty sure this was going to involve an exam in an area no one who has recently given birth wants anyone anywhere near. And it did. And it sucked. And it turns out I have/had fluid in my uterus and a huge clot blocking my cervix, which is why everything had stopped. They figured that when I changed positions or the uterus contracted then the clot shifted and caused the gushing. Supposedly. At any rate, if it doesn’t resolve on its own, I will have to have a D&C. I would really rather not. The good news is, aside from the fact that there is still a lot of blood happening, things seem to be a little more normal. I’m hoping my doctor agrees when he sees me again and that everything has fixed itself.


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  1. Zarah says:

    He really is suuuuuper cute!

  2. Kirsty says:

    Oh man…my ovaries they are a twitching! Although, I have NO clue how you coped with everything else as well!!! YIKES! Take care of yourself!!!

  3. Melanie says:

    Sounds like you are doing pretty good. It will all work out and remember that THIS TO SHALL PASS! That helped me a lot when my son was little. Another sweet photo of the baby:)

  4. Sherri Funk says:

    The way you share; with humility, and candidness, draws us all into your life with you. We love that we get to share in the daily moments that make you who you are. It goes both ways my friend!

  5. < ![CDATA[Oh cuteness!!! I got to hold a 1 week old itty bitty boy about 2 weeks ago.. Heaven! Just heaven!

    Nasty stuff that ER visit and 'down there' stuff..... sure hope you don't have to go back!


  6. Christine S. says:

    Hang in there! As you know, life is never dull! So glad to hear your hubby is hanging out with you a while longer. That is a great relief that you will not be on your own. Love the updates and the pictures – you have a beautiful family!!

  7. Lou, I don’t know much about childbirth (being that I am no mom yet), but that exam sounds painful. HUGS! I hope you are doing better soon. Gabe is very, very cute! And I love that pretty, cream colored blanket. I am also glad that your DH is home to stay at least for a while : ) That is great news, feel better!

  8. Erica says:

    You know mine are a twitchin. I am just built that way. I wanna come and snuggle that little guy and sniff up all that new baby goodness. Hope things even themselves out for you on their own…D and C’s suck. Glad Jonas was alright (although wouldn’t it be nice if they were alright but slightly tired and cuddly?) Maggie will settle in and be that little angel real soon. Chris sure is a keeper!

  9. Sabine says:

    < ![CDATA[First of all supercute baby!
    I thing Maggie will be okay as soon as she finds her new position in your growing family.That sometimes needs some time and patience.
    What good news, that your husband can stay longer!
    And for the damp rest - sometimes with the third child healing takes its time. I hope that everything turns out okay and I will keep my fingers crossed.]]>

  10. So glad to hear Jonas’ surgery went well. I was worried for you too. Sorry to hear about the sudden bleeding. I hope and pray you don’t have to go in for the D&C. Those suck. Poor Mags. I hope things work out with that situation. I am sure it is all a big adjustment for her. Chris is super sweet and no doubt a good father. The snuggle photos are so precious! I hope you continue to heal and soon enough things will fall into place and you will be back to some what normalcy. Cannot wait to see you guys in a few months. I am itching to hold that beautiful baby boy! HUGS!

  11. Jules says:

    Give that little Magpie an extra special hug….she’s just being a girl. Your children are beautiful and you are a great Mom.

  12. Janine says:

    < ![CDATA[Hannah also experienced a bit of an attitude-dysfunction after Jonah came along. She was only 3, so I forgave her. :)

  13. Susana O says:

    Gabriel is such a sweet sight to see, thank you for sharing all your family photos with us. It’s easy for most of us to be here because you welcome us into your life with such open arms and with so much warmth. I’m sure you really didn’t have to twist your hubby’s arm too hard to get him to stay home longer either.

  14. Brittany says:

    I hope all works out for you, with the bleeding :) Maggie will be fine, my daughter went through the same thing when her little brother was born. It will go away, it just takes awhile…Have fun!!!

  15. Carol says:

    < ![CDATA[I just love that you share so much of your life with all of us. Your new blessing is just so adorable and I love checking in to see the updates. I really enjoyed reading your birth story and was reminded about my own children nearly 20 years ago. I loved being pregnant and having small babies at home...I think it was some of my better moments in life. Then they turned into teenagers and things seem so different now. Thanks so much for reminding me to slow down and enjoy every moment in life. Best wishes on your health.

  16. MichelleD says:

    Love, love your blog. Congrats on your beautiful new baby. I have enjoyed seeing the pics… he is a cutie! Blessings to you & your family! Michelle

  17. Erika M says:

    He is just so beautiful! Yep, my ovaries are definitely twitching! One of my favorite sayings is that this too shall pass. Hugs and warm wishes!

  18. Katie W. says:

    You have your hands full…I am glad that he was able to take more leave…I can’t tell you how many times I have begged my hubby also. I’m glad you have the help right now. Good Luck!

  19. Laura-Lee says:

    Oh gosh I do remember the emotions, one thing I didn’t enjoy after the birth. Thanks for the update! He is such a cutie!

  20. Irene Dunne says:

    < ![CDATA[Can Gabriel get ANY CUTER? Thanks for sharing so much of yourself, it is such easy and interesting reading. Sorry about your Granmma, by what you have said, she meant so much to you.
    Cheers, Irene :)]]>

  21. marianne says:

    < ![CDATA[Congrats on the baby. He is gorgeous! Gave you a shout out at the pod. Check out my Blackberry Lou inspired layout =)>

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