This morning I treated myself to a slower paced start to my day. After taking Sarah to school, I came back home to make sure the house was ready to show at a moments notice and to read the paper while enjoying my Frosted Mini Wheats, instead of devouring it to run in the usual fashion. Anyway, Another first...I read a column instead of a new article. It was hysterical and so very true, so I wanted to share it with you.This was written by Jennifer Cho Salaff:
"On Dec. 19, 2005 at 8:56 pm, Caden Chi-Sung Salaff arrived - exactly on his due date. My son was born with a full head of hair (my husband and I joke that I gave birth to a little man), a healthy set of lungs (which he loves to exercise, much to my heartache) and the cutest new-born face on the planet (a purely objective opinion, of course)."
When a baby is born and motherhood begins, the world celebrates. Flowers arrive, cigars are handed out, birth announcements are mailed. It's a glorious time to marvel in new life.
But there are dirty little secrets in early motherhood, too. No one dares talk about them. Perhaps it's taboo. Maybe first-time moms simply forget.
The initial period of adjusting to a new baby, a different body and a new role as "Mom" were the most difficult and grueling of my life. Myth versus reality became very clear to me during those first few week.Myth #1: The hardest part is over following childbirth.
Recovery is an aggressive, unforgiving beast. After 15 hours of labor and a near C-section, I was convinced the worst was over and the best part - bonding with my baby - was about to begin. Little did I realize recovery would be just as harrowing as labor and delivery.
I remember looking at myself in the hospital bathroom shortly after I had given birth. "Who is this pitiful, haggard woman?" I thought as I studied my sorry face: swollen cheeks: puffy, bloodshot eyes: hair wild and unkept. I looked like like a homeless woman, not the glowing, new mom I had imagined.
My body felt mulitated. Every inch of it ached. Simple tasks like walking or sitting almost brought me to tears. Not to mention the fact that I ought to have had an Under Construction
sign "down there."
That's why every woman who has endured childbirth should recieve a "Wish me luck on the road to recovery"
T-shirt before leaving the hospital.To Be Continued....