July 30, 2008

Oh My Fuzzy Teeth

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:45 pm by bitsypieces

I consider myself a reasonably hygienic person.  As a general rule, I bathe on a regular basis.  I usually brush my teeth at least twice daily, floss every evening, and wear clothing that’s free of stains and funky smells.

Motherhood, however, has changed it all.

It’s not unusual for me to now go for 48+ hours without a shower.  I sometimes only brush my teeth once a day, and that’s after Hubby has mentioned my odious breath.  And all of my clothing is currently stained and reeking of breastmilk.

Mrs. Fussypants would, indeed, be aghast at my frumpiness.

Where’s the “yummy mummy” I thought I’d become?

Apparently, she’s currently buried beneath two days of diaper poo, leaking milk and hormonal sweats.

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July 24, 2008

My Butt Hurts

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:44 pm by bitsypieces

I had no idea the aftermath of labor and delivery would be so painful.  Admittedly, I had third degree lacerations by the time Baby Pieces arrived in this world… which means I’ll be sitting on this donut-shaped pillow for at least a few weeks.  But my bottom is throbbing so painfully that I can barely stand it at times.

And, unfortunately, this makes it harder to care for Baby Pieces.  I can’t exactly spring from bed when I hear her cry… it’s more like a slow, limping hobble.  Like Quasimodo with a drunk on.  And I haven’t even used my beautiful rocking chair yet, since it hurts my butt to sit in it.  So I have to sit on the edge of the bed to feed Baby Pieces.

I am healing, although the process seems agonizingly slow.  I have to laugh a bit at my preconceived ideas about the aftermath of birth.  I thought that at this point–two weeks–I’d be walking around my neighborhood with my baby and dogs… getting started on losing the baby weight.  Instead, it’s a challenge just to walk around the drugstore and find the nursing pads.

July 19, 2008

New Baby!

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:28 pm by bitsypieces

Baby Bitsy (BB) Pieces has arrived!  A punctual little lady, she arrived on her due date of July 11.

Right now Mommy and Daddy are busy learning the ropes of caring for a newborn baby.  But a few quick observations:

  • Cloth diapers are a slightly bigger hassle than disposable diapers, but I much prefer seeing soft cotton against my baby’s skin instead of scratchy plastic and paper.
  • Breastfeeding may be “natural,” but there’s definitely a learning curve.  However, persistence does pay off.
  • The physical aftermath of childbirth is extremely uncomfortable for quite a while.  I am still experiencing pain.
  • It’s true that nothing in the world can prepare you for the overwhelming love you feel for your child.  I am constantly blown away by it.

July 10, 2008

Waiting

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:41 pm by bitsypieces

Playing the waiting game with this baby.  My due date is tomorrow (July 11), but it doesn’t look like she’ll be arriving on time.

In my typical “planning” fashion, everything is ready.  I’ve got it all: diapers, breast pump, crib, bassinet… everything our baby needs.  Now all I need is the baby!

July 3, 2008

Celebrity Fug

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:05 pm by bitsypieces

I’m not exactly a fashion plate, although I do try to be semi-stylish when I head out for dinner or a night on the town.  I find fashion is more important as I age… trends no longer work for me.  Now I choose items that work for me, based on my age, body type and the occasion.

Nonetheless, I like to keep my eye on fashion.  And one of my favorite fashion blogs is Go Fug Yourself.  These gals find the fugliest celebrity outfits and accent them with biting commentary.  It’s a hysterical read, and highly recommended.

July 1, 2008

Light Reading for 3rd Trimester Insomnia

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:13 pm by bitsypieces

So I’ve been battling a bit of 3rd trimester insomnia (most nights I get to see it slowly grow light outside). Since TV at 3AM tends to be a bore, I often crawl into bed with some light reading (which probably contributes to my insomnia… but I never claimed to be perfect).

For the last few nights I’ve been re-reading the Tightwad Gazette books. Those who are old hands at frugality have probably already read these classic tomes… and much of the advice is of a been-there-done-that nature. Nonetheless, I always find them inspirational. Amy Dacyczyn took her tightwaddery to a level that I will never achieve… partly because of laziness, partly because of squeamishness, and partly because of convenience. It’s great fun to read about all the ways she managed to save 43% of their income a year.

And now, with Hubby going through some job problems, it’s more important than ever.