The First Six Weeks Postpartum: The Second Time Around

I thought it would be interesting to compare my postpartum recovery experience during these six weeks between my first and second baby. If you are a new reader Caden was born on June 7, 2012 at 37 weeks and Maisie was born May 28, 2014 at 39 weeks.

I am still in awe that in two years time my body has given life to a son and a daughter. Wow.

In this post I am not going to be focusing on the numbers. If you are interested in that you can read my Baby After Baby: 1 Month Update to see all those details since having Maisie. I will be doing another Body After Baby post soon with my 2 Month updates.

If you want to read more about my how my first six weeks postpartum went after having Caden, click HERE. You will get much more detail on that experience.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect the second time around so I didn’t place any expectations on myself. I hope you enjoy this comparison and I would love to hear about your experiences. Feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.

LABOR
  • Baby 1: 16 hours total (6 minutes of pushing)
  • Baby 2: 7 hours total (6 minutes of pushing)

With Caden my water broke before I was actually experiencing contractions. In fact I wasn’t even sure if my water had broke and thought it might have been a huge gush of pee. I went straight to the hospital and was admitted but didn’t really start feeling any contractions until 10 hours later.

Fast forward two years to Maisie. I was at home when I began feeling contractions and knew that I needed to get to the hospital. Josh and I arrived at the hospital and my water broke during a contraction in the triage room. The contractions were intense from the start until she was born, and even continued after. More on that in a few more paragraphs.

For both babies I labored unmedicated and was able to deliver them vaginally. With Caden I didn’t have anything to compare it with and laid on the bed during the more intense contractions leading up to when I was able to start pushing. With Maisie I stayed upright the entire time. Standing, leaning my chest and head on the hospital bed, sitting on a birthing ball, and on all fours on the hospital bed. I delivered both babies by squatting. Total time pushing for both was 12 minutes

STITCHES
  • Baby 1: yes
  • Baby 2: yes

I did tear with both. But with my second the tearing was much more minimal.

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GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diaper

Disclosure: This is an unsolicited and unpaid review. I received this product in exchange for highlighting this business. All opinions are my own.
 
GroVia Hybrid Cloth Diaper

If you are not sure you are ready to take the plunge and commit to cloth diapering yet 100% a great diaper to try is the GroVia Hybrid. We have been using GroVia’s hybrid diapers since our first days of entering the cloth diapering world and love how versatile they are. You can use the shell with either a reusable or disposable pad. Keep reading to find out more info on how this diapering system works!

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR SHELL

When you purchase your first diaper you will need to select a liner. There are two options available: snap or velcro. We have a few of each. It is totally up to which will work best for your family. My husband prefers the velcro because it is quicker for him to take on and off and I like the snaps because they still look brand new even after a year of use.

STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR SOAKER

There are several insert options that are available which is why this diaper is perfect for cloth newbies. Here is a rundown on the inserts…

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GroVia Stay Dry Soaker Pad: Made with a TPU outer, four layers of hemp/cotton blend topped with cozy micro fleece, and ultra soft leg gussets. 2 per pack.

GroVia Organic Cotton Soaker Pad: Their layer of waterproof backing, true leg gussets, and 5 layers of certified organic cotton, wash well and dry quickly. 2 per pack.

GroVia BioSoaker Pad: The perfect solution for cloth diapering on the go. Use when on vacation, at day care, or running errands. Simply lay/spread your BioSoaker in your GroVia Shell or favorite diaper cover and fasten on baby. Use sticky tabs to adhere to cotton underwear as trainers! These come in packs of 20 or 50.

Our favorite insert out of the 3 is the Organic Cotton Soaker Pad simple because the dry time is much shorter. Hemp inserts will typically take longer to dry because they are a thicker and more absorbent material.

STEP 3: SNAP IN SOAKER

Once you have decided what soaker option you will be using just snap it into the shell and put the diaper on your baby. It is that easy!

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There is no stuffing, folding, or pinning involved with this diapering system. Just snap the soaker in place and it is ready to be used.

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USING YOUR GROVIA HYBRID DIAPERS

Just like with any cloth diaper you will want to make sure that you are following the manufacturers instructions to get the best results. Follow these simple tips to prolong the life of your GroVia diapers.

Change outer shell twice a day and inner as needed.

Preparing Soaker Pads & Boosters: Wash hot with detergent, tumble dry 5–6 times before use (they will continue to gain absorbency with more washing).

General Washing

  • ALWAYS tuck the tabs under the tuck under strips before washing Shells.
  • Remove as much solid matter as possible.
  • Place soiled shells and soaker pads in a dry diaper pail – no soaking necessary.
  • Wash every 2 days on warm with detergent.
  • Hang dry shells (high heat causes excess wear).
  • Tumble dry soaker pads and boosters.
  • Do NOT use bleach, enzyme cleaners or fabric softeners.

WHERE TO FIND & BUY:

GroVia Website, Amazon, GroVia Facebook, GroVia Twitter

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$45 Swanson Health Products Giveaway

Happy Monday! I have a fun giveaway for you today! Swanson Health Products is giving a lucky reader $45 to spend on organic foods, vitamins, and eco-friendly products!

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How fun is that! This summer marks Swanson Health Products 45th anniversary as a family-owned company. They’ve been selling vitamins, supplements, healthy foods and natural beauty products for a long time!

I recently placed my first order with Swanson’s and was thrilled to see that they sell many of my favorite products. I love Health Warrior Chia Bars and was running low on my prenatal DHA supplement so those two items made it into my “shopping cart” along with a few hair and skin products.

Earlier this year I discovered the Alba Botanical brand. So far everything I have tried from this company is a 4-5 star product in my opinion. This brand contains 100% vegetarian ingredients, does not test on animals, is paraben free, and hypo-allergenic. I ordered a few new to me Alba Botanical products that I am excited to try including Sea Plus Night Cream, Clear Coconut Lip Gloss,  and the Leave In Conditioner.

I loved ordering these products online because I saved between 30 – 40% off my local health stores shelf price on each item. That is always a good thing!

This giveaway is super easy to enter just follow the instructions at the end of this post. Thank you Swanson Health Products for this awesome giveaway and Happy 45th!

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PS…Swanson’s is also hosting another amazing giveaway on their website that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to check out Swanson’s Sweepstakes page for a chance to win 45 Healthy Foods and $500! You can follow Swanson Health Products on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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