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The pivotal week 6!
We all know what I’m talking about.
I’m supposed to be completely healed and intimacy can resume.
This is the first postpartum that I have been nervous about that. Mostly because I am still experiencing some stinging periodically on my perineum. I spoke to my midwife about it and she said it was common for the skin on the perineum to be rather thin. She said she could prescribe me an estrogen cream I could apply to it that would help to thicken the skin. I didn’t feel like I wanted that. It actually was all I needed to know that it was normal and fairly common and that given time the skin would be completely fine and in the meantime extra lubrication would help. I think I was nervous that I was stitched up weird, or that there was an infection, or just something wrong. But after expressing my concerns and getting feedback I now feel more confident.
My libido is always a little low after having a baby, which makes sense seeing as how my body is working on replacing hormones and typically there isn’t ovulation happening for a while. Also, there is a baby around, like sleeping in a pack and play in the corner of my room. So I usually have to work a little harder to be in the mood.
I am so grateful to my darling husband who is very patient and understanding. He absolutely loves every part of me, even and maybe especially, my postpartum body. So I’m always willing to put in the work. I never regret the intimacy I get to share with him.
p.s. This picture was taken while I was in labor with Ren. He was giving me counter pressure on my back. He's always been the absolute best support, I'm so happy he's my everyday.
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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.