Yesterday we had our very last appointment with the midwife.
Ruby was weighed, measured, and checked over. She's 11lbs now (a far cry from that skinny newborn), and she's 24 inches long (I tell ya, this girl is going to be tall), and she's a healthy little girl.
I was given a pap, (bonus that I don't have to ask a new doctor for one). The midwife also examined me because I have had a bit of stinging down there when I pee. It turns out I have a little "cut" that hasn't healed yet and I need to be careful right now to try to "keep my legs closed" (ha, no problem with that stinging pain) and try not to agitate the area so it can heal faster. I think my constant sneezing certainly doesn't help. Surprisingly the pap didn't hurt at all (I thought it would because of the cut) - and that's just one more reason why I love my midwife.
We also discussed my recent sleep issues. I think I might have saved myself a $110 therapist visit because I felt better after I left and I had a decent sleep last night. We discussed SIDS and I learned a little more about it which made me feel a little less worried about it. We also discussed this being an infertility related issue. How I waited so long for Ruby and now I'm afraid she'll be taken away from me. My midwife told me that good things DO happen to good people and that I am a good person. And that Ruby is mine to keep.
She also suggested that I might try a nightcap to relax me.
Oh how I love this woman.
She did also say that if it doesn't stop or gets worse in the next few weeks, that I might want to consider taking an anti-depressant. Good advise, yes - but I have a feeling I won't need it.
Also discussed was... birth control. She warned me that even though we have fertility problems, that I will have a much higher chance of becoming pregnant since I've now had a baby....
Yeah, I'm not so sure I'm buying this theory. How can my becoming pregnant and having a baby make Steve have more than 1 or 2% viable sperm?? I just don't see it happening. So I advised her that I would not be taking any precautions to prevent any further pregnancies. IF a pregnancy did occur naturally, I would be totally ok with it. She then warned that I could be pregnant again in 6 weeks, and what then???
It is a risk I am willing to take. A very very very small risk after all.
(Besides, this little cut has been all the birth control I need lately anyway).
I was given two copies of my health records while under her care. One for my new doctor (whomever s/he may be) and one for Ruby. So that when she grows up and has questions about how she was born, I'll have all the info on paper. Kinda cool.
And that was about it. We hugged and said goodbye.
I can say that overall it was a really good experience for me and I would do it all over again, if... I could do it all over again. I was so pleased with the level of care that both myself and Ruby received.