On September 24th my life changed forever. Luca Tramonti was born and became the love of my life. He is now 3 months old and giggling, smiling and finally sleeping a little longer!!

I wanted to check in after the blog I wrote on some of the choices my husband Andrea and I had made prior to the birth. Read that blog here.

Midwife

I had an AMAZING birthing experience with the Uxbridge Community Midwives. They were with me every step of the way including the nine weeks after Luca was born. Usual care has them following up with you for six weeks after birth but I ran into some trouble with mastitis which resulted in surgery and me staying in the hospital for a few days. To make sure that both Luca and myself were receiving support with breast feeding they continued care for another 3 weeks.

I don’t consider myself a worry wart or at least I wasn’t before Luca was born, but I did freak out a few times within the first few weeks. I would page my midwife and they calmly walked me through the symptoms and assured me that everything that was happening was natural.

After giving birth at 8:28 pm my husband, Luca and I were headed home by midnight. My mom nearly collapsed after hearing I wasn’t staying in the hospital overnight and insisted on sleeping over at my house. I felt completely comfortable with this decision as my midwives would be making a house call the next morning and were available by page throughout the night if needed.

I can’t say enough good things about this decision. Both sets of grandparents and all of my sisters were thoroughly impressed with their professionalism, caring nature and flexibility.

Cloth Diapers

I will admit that for the first 5 weeks we used disposable and I’m glad I did. There were SO many diaper changes and I was absolutely so exhausted that laundry didn’t get done at all let alone every 2 days. However, since week 5 we have been using cloth diapers exclusively and I definitely notice a difference. I don’t have to empty the garbage pail everyday, Luca has not had a diaper rash since birth and my pocketbook hasn’t suffered!!

It’s become second nature for all of us (mom, dad, grandparents and aunts) that I actually think I  may have converted a few of them!

Organic, Canadian and Plastic Free!

This has proven to be a little harder then I thought…as everyone wanted to buy him a ‘toy’ for Christmas. I am juggling sticking to my guns and trying not to make people feel bad. I’ve come to realize that I can only do so much and that one or two plastic toys is not the end of the world.

A medication free labour!

Ok. Labour really really really hurt. But…I managed it medication free! I am so proud of myself..(pat on the back). Now that I have experienced it I completely understand why people chose to use medication though and to be honest I didn’t really have a choice as things progressed so quickly.

There was nothing horrific about my experience. It was absolutely amazing and there was the best prize at the end of all that pain. This isn’t the case for everyone though and I am not judging those who choose the epidural. I’m just proud of myself for doing my research ahead of time and for sticking to it!!

 

I can’t even remember what my life was like before Luca!  I have relaxed a little bit and am ok with the fact that my house is really really dirty, there is hardly any food in the cupboards and I rarely go out with my friends anymore. I do however get to spend every moment with my baby!!

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