What is this relief I am feeling?
Looking around the room, I notice Kaleia playing contentedly, maneuvering herself around her toys and I hear Maggie happily reading a book to herself in the other room. Kaleia smiles up at me.
During my pregnancy I heard that while human gestation is officially 9 months, the human baby needs an additional 9 months out of the womb to reach the developmental point most mammals are at birth--infant fawns can run, for pete's sake!--and since you are still baby's sole source of nutrition, mobility, and comfort, it's almost like you're still pregnant for that additional 9 months. I call it post-partum pregnancy.
I just realized I've made it. Since Magnolia was conceived, until now, because Kaleia was conceived 7 months after her sister's birth, I've either been officially pregnant or post-partum pregnant for a LONG time. I know there will be new challenges as the girls get older but right now it feels like things are getting a lot easier.
The relief now is deeper and all the more sweet since I never felt it with Magnolia.
*Deep, Cleansing Sigh*