10 weeks postpartum

 

10 weeks. 10 weeks postpartum. I have a 10 week old baby.

Where did these last 10 weeks go? They have flown by but have gone so slow at the same time. I have to go back to work in 2 weeks and my daughter will be in daycare for 10+ hours a day.

Let me introduce myself before I start getting all mushy. My name is Kristina. I’m 32 and live in New Jersey with my Husband, my dog and my daughter.

I’ve been with my husband for 12 and a half years. We’ve been married for one year, our anniversary is November 11th. I found out I was pregnant on January 8th of this year. It was a total shock. We weren’t trying but we weren’t being careful either.

I had a pretty rough pregnancy. I dealt with migraines and lots of “morning” sickness, bad sciatic nerve pain that made me use a cane just to stand up, bad acid reflux, an overnight stay in the labor and delivery unit at the hospital 3 weeks before I gave birth, and so many other things.

My due date was September 16th but this little girl decided to come early. I was 37 weeks and 4 days pregnant when my water broke at home in the middle of the night! It was August 30th at 11:30pm. She wouldn’t arrive until 5:31pm the next day.

After 18 hours of labor, a round of magnesium because my blood pressure was SO high, blood pressure meds, an epidural, a migraine because I couldn’t eat anything, throwing up and falling asleep in between pushes…oh did I mention that I “pushed” for 2 hours before the doctor had to help get her out? It was just the icing on the cake.

After all of that, Mackenzie Jean was here and the cutest thing I had ever seen!

I’ve been out of work since August 17th and to be completely transparent, I don’t want to go back, I don’t want her to be in daycare all day long, while I’m missing important milestones. I don’t want someone else raising her. I want to do all of that. I want to stay home with her, take care of her, go on adventures, make memories. I don’t want to just do these things on the weekends, when we have more time.

I lost my mom when I was 27 to lung cancer. She did daycare out of our home. My sister and I were always with her. I want that for me and my daughter. I want more than 27 years with her.

My goal with this blog is not only to get my thoughts out but to hopefully generate a little bit of extra income so I am able to stay home with her. I know, I know. Everyone says that money shouldn’t be the reason you do something but passion isn’t going to pay the bills.

I hope if you’re reading this, you’ll stick around and read my future blog posts! I have a lot of great ideas. If you’re looking for someone who is censored, or the perfect mom, you found the wrong blog. I want to be open and honest about pregnancy, after birth, all things postpartum, baby gear/products we love and others we don’t, as well as my other passion…MAKEUP!

See you soon xo

Kristina

 

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