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Monday, November 8, 2010

The post in which I go over the line of TMI


Seriously, I am warning you now--complete TMI coming your way. I will give you three seconds to duck, run and hide-or just simply close your browser.

1....2.....3.

Oh, you're staying?

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Yesterday morning a little pesky, annoying, and unwelcomed 'visitor' (that only comes to women, ::ahem::, catching my drift?) decided to makes it appearance for the first time in freakin' forever.

You know, one of the great things about being pregnant is the absence of your period, am I right? Well, I guess if you're anyone like me (or my sister [Sorry for putting your biz out there sis, love ya!]) who has suffered greatly over the years, doubling over in pain every month from the cramps and other yuckiness that comes along with the mark of womanhood, that is. Therefore, being without that while pregnant was ah-ma-zing. Amazing.

Not only that, but thanks to the exclusive breastfeeding gig, it stayed away for another 6 months on top of the 9'ish that I was pregnant. Add on top of that the few months before I was pregnant and miscarried--and I've only had one measily cycle [and then Eme was "made", Tmi?] in 18 months.

18 months.

Eight-teen-glorious-cramp-free [minus the whole labor/cramping/contractions thing]-months.

So, enter yesterday's scene where it unexpectedly shows up again. Enter doubling over in pain. Enter tylenol. Enter moaning. Enter OhMyGOSH, curse womanhood, gahhh!

Now, look. I realize I am pretty lucky and there are no hard and fast rules to the breastfeeding thing. Lots of people don't get their cycle back until after breastfeeding is all said and done, some get it back even while breastfeeding like me (6 months in), and some people get it weeks after popping a babe out.

So, my body did me good I guess. I really shouldn't complain.

But omigah.

Luckily, that box of tampons I bought right before I found out I was pregnant with Emeline was shoved back in the far corner of my bathroom cabinet. And yes, even though I was pretty sure I was pregnant I still bought tampons, because don't you know the rule? If you don't buy them, your period is sure to come. If you do buy them, you'll get pregnant! [Totally kidding. Sort of.] It's kind of like the white pants rule. The day you wear white pants, your period will also come. It just happens. So yea.

Anyway, I'm back.

Back in the wonderful world of 'womanhood' again. I didn't miss it. Not one bit.

The bloat. The fatty feelings. The irritability. Oh gosh, the cramps, oh the cramps. The backache. The fatigue (oh wait, I have a baby...).

So. yea.

I am woman. Hear me roar. Or bitch and moan. Same thing, right?

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Here's the part where I distract you and try to get you to forget what you just read.

Look! A cute baby!


30 comments:

  1. Boo, I'd be mad too if I were you. I feel like if you're breastfeeding, it shouldn't come back until your finished! It's not fair. Mine came back at 8ish weeks while I was breastfeeding. It might not have been so bad if I could have worn a tampon. But I couldn't because it hurt like a you-know-what. TMI? :)

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  2. This was totally me last week. I'm on birth control where I only have a period once every three months because they're extremely painful for me after I had all those complications from my appendix surgeries. And even though it's only once every three months I spent all of last week complaining on Twitter, doubled over in pain, popping pain pills, sitting at work but not accomplishing anything, etc. I'm thankful that I can have a period so one day I can get pregnant (I feel for women that don't have them and therefore can't have a baby), but goodness they suck!

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  3. You make me laugh. I'd say making it to 6 months was pretty great, though! And 18 months?! whoa. And the cute baby totally makes up for it all ;) hang in there for a few days--you can do it!

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  4. Oh man that sucks.
    I suffered from AWFUL, debilitating cramps too (so much so that it made me black out, puke, etc... turns out, labor wasn't too far from what my cramps felt like!). So I feel for ya. And it's gotta be rough trying to be a good, fun mommy while you're busy doubled over in pain.
    Fyi, I'm on Mirena now (you can get it after having a baby), and it's awesome. I haven't had a period in a year. It might be worth looking into. Also, try some Aleve. That's the only thing that ever worked for my cramps, and try to take it as soon as it starts, if you can, the night before is even better. Orders from the doc. :)
    Hope you feel better. At least you have that cutiepatootoe to keep you smiling!

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  5. I agree with Hailey. Aleve is SO much better (and safer) than Tylenol. When I first started many moons ago and the pain got bad, my mom had me switch because she was scared I would OD. Now, I don't take pain pills at all (maybe I'm blessed) but I also am on BC to make life ten times easier. Just live in the yoga pants, take Aleve, eat chocolate and I hope you feel better :) just think, it's only temporary!

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  6. Look at her cute rolls! As I finish breastfeeding this week (I feel free making this decision!) that is one thing I do not look forward to welcoming back. Blah.I love your honest posts!

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  7. Oh yeah...I forgot about the lovely monthly visitor :-) It is nice to have a break from it, and I'm def. not looking forward to the day when it comes back.

    Maybe it's a good excuse to have another baby??? :-)

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  8. one nice thing for me with the IUD is a hardly get that little monthly visit.. but man 6 months that's awesome!!

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  9. O no... I so worried about when it will come back too. hopefully I can make it to 6 months like you.

    well maybe it's time for another baby that will clear it up :-)

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  10. My name is Erin and i too suffer from horrible periods. LOL!! But see many of my Older married friends have told me its supposed to get EASIER AFTER you've been pregnant. This makes me very very very very very sad to hear that it doesn't. very sad.
    Cause I've been looking forward to the day I leave this all behind me.
    Now...I have nothing..

    sigh..
    :)

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  11. I have been waiting on this too! 18 months for me too! Is it worse than usual? Did the cramps happen before she showed or during? I need DEATS so I know what to expect! HA!

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  12. welcome back. luckily my "aunt flow" waited until i stopped b-feeding, around 11 months. i just want you to know that i think my box of tampons had dust on it. but i was thankful i had them handy.

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  13. Mine is back too. But on a whacky 40-60 day schedule! What the heck?! I will tell you that Advil works a million times better for me than Tylenol. My doctor actually told me one time that Advil was better because it's an anti-inflammatory, instead of just pain killers. Hope you get to feeling better soon! :)

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  14. So... jumping on the TMI train. My period totally changed after my first was born. Not for the better or worse just different. Hemoraghing is probably an accurate term for like two days, then done. I'm so sad for you that yours didn't totally change or at least get a little less severe... hope it's over soon!

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  15. No period was one of the best things about being preggo! Since we *think* we're done having bambinas, I had a mirena put in and have zero period now. It is A-MAY-ZING! It's like being preggo w/o the preggo. Lol! I do not miss my monthly visitor, that's for sure. Hope you start feeling better soon!

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  16. I have endometreosis and double over in pain and throw up and have to keep heating pads attached to my stomach evertyime I have a period. I have to take strong strong prescribed medicines and if I don't get them in me in time then I will throw up from the pain. My grandma, mama, and sister all have had endometreosis throughout their lives. My grandma tells me all the time that having a baby is no where near as bad as the pain we go through on our periods. Not to mention those 9 months without it are amazing. I however am no where near finding a husband so :( to no periods for a while..lol I hope you get to feeling better though. Periods are not a fun thing especially if you cramp as bad as I think you do! Bananas are supposed to help with the pain and sprite and crackers also :)

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  17. Yeah, I'm kind of really enjoying this no period phase right now. But I know that before too long I'll be where you are right now. Curses! I'm sorry girly :-(

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  19. I have to say, other than slight irritability, I have pretty decent periods (I always blamed the exercise.) But, still, they're a pain. I hate the constant need to worry about what could be leaking out onto your pants.

    Ugh. Sorry friend.

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  20. Look, a cute baby!!!! :-)

    I am the oldest, my mom didn't find out she was preggo with my little sister until I stopped nursing at 6 months - she never got her period. Just got pregnant again. So I guess that's something to think about hehe

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  21. Mine didn't come back until about a month and a half after I stopped breastfeeding (which I only made it to just shy of 3 months because going back to work + pumping = not for me). I didn't have awful ones pre-pregnancy, but the first one post-baby, was a-w-f-u-l. It made me want to cry, and I don't know how you people that have awful ones all.the.time. manage. Since? In my case, they're even lighter, shorter than before and minimal cramps. :o/ I know, not much help, lol.

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  22. Period or not, that is one adorable baby!

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  23. What? It goes away while your breast feeding? Score! That sucks that it's back now... hang in there!

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  24. I almost wrote this exact blog the other day... only mine was going to be about how I now remember why I went on birth control in the first place. Four months off (trying to make a baby) and I am just now getting the periods that I had before I was on birth control. Read: insane cramps, bloating, irritability, head aches... IT SUCKS.

    Also, I definitely bought tampons at costco the other day with the whole reverse psychology thinking in mind "if I buy this many tampons I'm sure to get pregnant."

    Hasn't worked... yet.

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  25. Bahaha Katie, you are so funny. So sorry that time of the month came back so soon. Welcome back to the club! At least you have a sweet little baby to distract you :)

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  26. I really don't know why we need periods. Seriously. They just suck.

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  27. the part of trying for a baby i'm LEAST looking forward to is going off the pill...right now, my periods are SO FREAKING REGULAR it's bananas. so having to guess is gonna suck.

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  28. I'm hoping mine stays away a while. Here's hoping yours was just a fluke. ;)

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  29. Hey Katie! Can I say three things? First, cramps suck! and along with that, if you haven't tried fish its worth a try (I know not everyone likes it) but it works charms on my cramps. Matt got me eating fish around Aunt Flo time and it resolved many sick vomitous crampy days. Secondly, I read a blog of yours once a week or so and sometimes you use the word then- instead of than. I love your writing, your style and your humor. Just thought I'd pass along a writing tip because I think your posts are really truly a pleasant read. Thirdly, I think your Etsy shop is awesome! I wonder if you have considered using feathers at all in your hair adornments? It would really add a splash and a dressier line, if you want to add that direction. Your work is really cute and pretty. Blessings to you!

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  30. Ok, this is going to sound weird, but my aunt actually had her period the WHOLE time she was pregnant with my twin cousins. It's actually how she didn't know she was pregnant! I always tell her she should be on that show, since no one believes it. She gave birth to my cousin Tavia, and was breastfeeding. She got her period, and coudln't seem to lose the "baby weight". Then 6 months after Tavia was born (with her period the whole time) she had serious stomach pains. Her ex-husband was a jerk and told her it was bc she was "fat", so she had to hide going to the hospital, thinking it was her appendix. She was in labor! With my twin cousins Jimmy and Randy! Poor lady. lol. The curse of womanhoood!! :)

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