Totally Valid Invalid

So I've been in my pajamas for nearly a week now. Including when I left the hospital, because my husband accidentally carried my pants out to the car before I had a chance to put them on. Did I mention that the pajamas I was wearing that day were Betty Boop-print? So I walked through the entire hospital, including the busy lobby, on a Monday, wearing Betty Boop PJs. Awwww yeaaah. What a way to make my grand re-entry into the world.

My mother-in-law left Monday, and my mom left yesterday. Unfortunately, they took neither my laundry or my dishes or my litterbox-filling-felines with them. Curtis took off work ... for the weekend. I have this worrying sense of impending doom, like my house is just going to cave in with chaos and clutter and craziness once I'm finally left - utterly and completely alone - with these four boys. (And on a related note ... there's that weird sense of holy crap, do I seriously have FOUR kids now?!)

Y'all feel me?

Today is my oldest son Colin's seventh birthday. I can't believe that my "baby" is seven years old. I also can't believe I don't have the energy to search through pictures and write a birthday post devoted to him like I usually do. I feel like a total crapster about this. Maybe when he's eight ...

As for my baby of the baby variety, Corbin ... he's an absolute angel. That's definitely a plus. He sleeps all the time, is alert but quiet when he's awake, and only fusses like once a day. For like ten seconds. I think it's because he knows he's in line behind three other little dudes who have needs (and nearly relentless demands) and that he'd just have to join the queue, anyway.

I feel like crap, although it does get slightly better every day. My iron levels were low during pregnancy, and between the surgery and the postpartum blood loss, I was told at the hospital that now they're ridiculously low. So I'm exhausted and weak-feeling while waiting for all that to normalize. I didn't realize how sore I'd be - OMG, y'all - but I guess when one gets a baby sliced out of her abdomen, she's bound to be a little tender for a while. I'm just tired of being down and out.

And tired of being in my pajamas all the time. Who'd have thought I'd ever say that?


  1. I recently had abdominal surgery to donate a kidney - first surgery ever - and I was thinking " wow this must be what mothers who have a C-Section feel like" - UG! - I feel your pain Rita. They pumped a bunch of air into my torso and for weeks I looked and felt 5 mos pregnant. I say Viva La Stretchy Pants Girl! You work those jammies!

  2. This, too, shall pass. Tired of pajama pants, you say? You could always buy a muumuu. A nice one, of course. Of the Hawaiian variety.

  3. I hope you feel better soon!! Enjoy those sweet little baby snuggles!

  4. I like the idea of you walking out in your betty boop. You were the cool lady.

  5. I hope you feel better shortly. I'm on iron pills for my blood loss so I get how that goes.

  6. C-Sections are tough indeed! Hang in there Rita!!

    I went to your About Me to see if Corbin had been added yet. Coby looks so cute and little!!! (Not trying to rush you, just thought it was cute and wanted to point it out. Take your time healing!)

  7. I wish there was a way I could run to Iowa, do your laundry, make the beds, feed the boys, and take care of the animals every morning. I actually love to do that stuff. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a drive from Missouri!

    Just take it as easy as possible and wear those jammies as long as you can. :o)

  8. Hope you feel better soon. Remember not to bend over without that pillow!!! Again, congratulations...Just need to add 2 more boys and 1 girl and you can be just like me!!! LOL

  9. WOMAN - you just has MAJOR surgery! A C-section is a HUGE deal, and most people ignore that fact. You need to be as easy as you possibly can be on yourself (with 4 children demanding your attention). I mean it, I know your momma has probably told this too, it is good advice! The dishes, laundry and more will all be there in the future, now is about recovering the best and possible way - and that means taking care of yourself and RESTING WHENEVER possible!

  10. I hope you are feeling more like yourself, Rita. I've been thinking about you and wondering how you and your little guy are doing. The soreness is crazy, isn't it? I never really realized how much it would hurt in recovery after a c-section. The first time I got out of bed (after 48 hours on bed rest on magnesium), I wanted to curl up in a ball and die. For the past 2 days all I wanted to do was get up. At that point, I wanted to lie down and never move again.

    But, it gets better. Although I think I may have overdone it this week, so I'm back to taking it easy.

    Anyhoo, I'm making this all about me (as usual). HOpe all is well in the land of four boys. I am seriously having fits with one, so you are a saint in my book. And Ryan took off 2 weeks and I still had a meltdown when he went back to work. All that to say, you are awesome and deserve a nice piece of jewelry (or cake).


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