Faces of Postpartum
Faces of Postpartum
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Kathryn, Leesburg VA (1/4)

“Giving birth to my son was really rough. My water broke in the middle of the night like an hour or two after going to bed, and it was a 19-hour labor. I couldn’t figure out how to push when it got to that point. I had a lot of bleeding and it took them a while to get it under control. I was just exhausted. It wasn’t until the middle of the first night when it was just the two of us that I looked at my son and really fell in love. From then on I’ve never wanted to put him down! Anytime anyone came to visit and wanted to hold him I would immediately want him back in my arms; my mother and sister kept saying ‘We’ve only had him for like three minutes!’ I was in a super bad mood for a week (...or two or three) after I gave birth. I was so exhausted and never got sleep. My husband was also exhausted and would say ‘I’ll stay up and help,' but he’d fall asleep and then I’d be up in the middle of the night so angry with him. My mom came to stay for a couple days to help cook and clean, but my bad mood chased her away. I was pretty isolated the first year of his life, but I love to hang out with my son so much that I didn’t really mind. It hurts to know he lives outside of my body now. He’s kind of a mama’s boy, which I love. I’ve never slept without him; we’ve always been together. I just love it.”