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Every time I sit down to go to the bathroom I am constantly impressed with how much my bladder can hold and subsequently release without the feeling of urgently needing to pee. It was the exact opposite throughout pregnancy.
Especially because the second my baby latches on to nurse I feel Instant and unquenchable thirst and can down 32oz. of water per feeding. I’m just so grateful for the ability my bladder has to regain normal function and capacity even after being smooshed for 9 months.
I feel like I should write an ode to my bladder:
Oh my enduring bladder
You are one I should never take for granted
full of contradictions, you bring both discomfort and relief.
I have spent months being mostly annoyed at how often you have demanded my presence in the restroom for your own remission.
Then there were those few weeks in the winter months that being burdened with a cough you didn't even wait for a toilet before extrication.
I could be mad, but I'm not.
I am impressed with how well you took care of me, us really.
Eliminating so much extra from my own body, then giving up your own space for our sweet little girl.
Sacrificing your own comfort for hers.
Thanks. You, me, and Kidneys, let's be besties for life, OK?
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Her hand grasps a fist full of my shirt as if she wants to pull me closer, look me in the eyes, and level with me:
Listen up, this is important, I need you. You are exactly perfect for me.
For most of us there is definitely an insufficient amount of sleep. Always.
When baby comes out and we gage whether that baby is good enough by if they sleep well. I guess you would describe every single one of my kids as bad kids/sleepers. For years I have woken up multiple times a night to either comfort a screaming child, or to return a child back to their bed who has been in my bed for who knows how long.