Faces of Postpartum
Faces of Postpartum
FacesPostpartumJena1
 
 

Jena, Woodbridge VA (1/4)

"I had my first son when I was 26, at 41 weeks. He was tiny because I had intrauterine growth restriction but everything went fine. I only pushed for a couple minutes and he was out. Pretty easy birth. On day 3 after he was born, I remember waking up in the middle of the night to feed him and thinking ‘Why does anybody have children. Ever?’ It seemed very difficult at the time because he was my first, but in retrospect, he was such an easy baby. We had to wake him up to feed him! I was just overwhelmed and we were in the middle of Arizona. I had nobody around because my husband was military at the time. Now I look back on that quiet time I had just with him and think ‘Oh… it was so lovely!’ We unexpectedly got pregnant again with our daughter when my son was only 10 months old. With her, I labored her all night and I had her in the morning, so it already put me into sleep deprivation. I had her at John Hopkins, but because I wasn’t high risk I pretty much was pushed aside. I was put in a closet for half of my labor! And then when I went to deliver, we had to call because no one was around. It was just kind of crazy. After I had her they put me on the pediatric floor because they didn’t have any room on the maternity ward, but they forgot about me. That was so weird. And my daughter, well, she was not the same type of baby as my son! She had to be on me all the time. I also had mastitis infections almost constantly for nine months, so that was difficult. But I remember, it was probably around week 6, I called one of my friends who just also had a baby and I said ‘Tell me it gets easier! Tell me!’ And she was like ‘Oh yeah. Just hang in there. It will.’ And it did.”