I feel fine. Why do you ask?

Perry and 9 of our 10 children have been gone at a medieval festival since 4:00 this afternoon. I think you can guess which child stayed with me. I thought it wise to stay home to rest, and nobody argued with me.

But what did I do?  What do I always do after giving birth when nobody is looking?  When will I learn?  But after nearly a week of rest, I couldn’t resist.  I…

  1. Cleaned a very dirty kitchen and washed dishes, drying and putting them away as well.  After all, a mountain of clean dishes is only marginally better than a mountain of dirty dishes.
  2. Cleaned the microwave, because ewww!
  3. Nursed the baby.  Changed the baby.
  4. Took scraps down to the chickens, watered and fed the mama and her 7 chicks, and gathered eggs.
  5. Washed and hung 4 more loads of laundry, because the 3 I hung earlier today just weren’t enough to make up for the lack of schedule over the past week.
  6. Nursed the baby.  Changed the baby.
  7. Put away laundry belonging to me, hubby, and the 3 littlest.  Who wants to look at a mountain of clean laundry in the living room?  Now at least it looks more manageable.  I also put away the towels, which helped shrink the remaining pile considerably.
  8. Sorted and folded the clothes in Perry Boy’s drawer.  How else was I going to put away his clean laundry?  The poor kid still had some size 2T’s in there, and way too many long sleeved shirts for June in south Texas.
  9. Nursed the baby.  Changed the baby.
  10. Started a load of diapers that really should have been washed yesterday.  After a cold pre-rinse, I boiled 3 gallons of water on the stove top to boost our water heater’s anemic performance.  I also filled the diaper bucket with hot soapy water to soak.  Actually I just set it in the tub and turned the hot water on because I was coming right back.  Oh.  Yeah.  That’s why there’s no hot water.  I’ll be right back…
  11. Washed the diaper bucket and disinfected the bath tub.
  12. Nursed the baby.  Changed the baby.
  13. Watered my container garden.  With a bucket and a kiddie pool because I was too lazy to go under the deck and turn the hose on, then go back down again to turn it off.
  14. Rescued my Early Girl tomatoes from a dozen huge and creepy caterpillars, some as long and thick as my finger.  There were also some on my 2 remaining cherry tomato plants, the only survivors of the Great Puppy Massacre.  I’m  not sure the cherry tomatoes will survive this attack.
  15. Nursed the baby.  Changed the baby.

Now I think I’ll sit and rest a bit…


  1. Wow Kim, I’m amazed! I was waiting for the punch line, and I passed out after I finished it all 🙂 Birth is so different for everyone, Victoria is 8 days old today or is it 9? and I just got up and cleaned the kitchen without feeling like I was going to pass out! But I’ve always had that problem, I feel very weak and light headed for over a week after the baby is born. I’ve been blessed this time to have a family that didn’t mind me shouting orders from the couch, “okay, now it’s time to clean the kitchen, load the dishwasher, put the wet clothes in the dryer, start lunch, take the clean dishes out of the washer, change dirty diapers, and so on and so on 🙂 It’s been a good week of recovery for me and for the first time I feel ready for my hubby to go back to work on Wednesday, I had a couple extra days with him this time too which really helps (and I didn’t tear this time, which is a first for me!!:)

    Anyway, I’m glad to hear that you are doing so well, I’m looking forward to about another week from now when I know I’m going to be feeling amazing! Bless you again, we are all so happy for you guys that God blessed you with another boy! 🙂

  2. My heavens, Lady! I guess that means that you are feeling well! 🙂 Love love the pictures of your girls with the baby. They all look so delighted.

  3. Y’all need a new header for your blog now. Even as a lifetime northwester, I’m allowed to say “y’all” to people who live in the south. I made that rule up.

  4. “Mom is neurotic” – Ha! Love that post title 🙂 I’d have to agree with your mother in law – sit down and rest and enjoy that baby. I’m tired just reading your post and we’ve “only” had 7!

  5. Listen to your mother-in-law 🙂 Prolapsing at 50 is not nearly as fun as resting in bed with a new baby at 40 (or less)!!!

  6. Glad you are feeling great. You got a lot done! I know everyone is telling you to rest and take it easy, and you have been. But here is an opportunity to get some things done, you feel good about doing them, and you feel well enough to do them. You still get to sit and rest while you nurse. Just listen to your body and don’t overdo it. I am sure you don’t have to be told that though, you have done this before. =)

    • I’ve spent plenty of time resting and snuggling with my new little man, and I’ll have plenty more rest. But it sure felt good to get up and move around a bit after nearly a week of loafing! And it felt equally good to rest in a clean, quiet house when I had taken care of everything that was nagging at me.

  7. Kimberly in Idaho says:

    Wow! That is awesome that you are feeling so good. Have you always been up and at em’ after the childrens’ births? Just curious. I was in serious pain after my first for at least two weeks, with my second it was more tolorable, but still the pain, and with my third, I felt great immediatly and had so much energy. God bless you and your family.

  8. Ummm….can you come live with me? I could use a good worker like you!! 🙂

  9. Whatever happened to the advice, “Sleep when the baby sleeps”? Good grief! I don’t think I could get that much done in one day even if I hadn’t just given birth a few days ago.

  10. I did the same thing! As soon as my husband whisked the kids away for the morning and I was home alone with the newborn, I commenced to do 3 loads of laundry, vaccuum the downstairs, do dishes, get out newborn clothes now that we knew the gender, put clothes away, change the sheets on our bed, and nurse and change the baby on occasion. It is easier to “Rest” when you are looking at a clean space.

  11. Wow woman! You’re making me tired! :p I hope I’m that energetic a week after giving birth, but I’ve had pretty hard recoveries so far so I won’t hold my breath.
    And Tomato Hornworms… EEWWWWW. Traumatic childhood memories… My mom’s best friend’s husband was an overgrown child and when I was a little girl he got a nice fat black and white striped one with a big white “eye” on each side (very terrifying looking) and it was longer than his hand and he chased me and my sister with it. Then later when I came out of hiding he said he’d gotten rid of it until I got close to the group of grownups talking and when I came near, there it was on the ground alive and he stepped on it right in front of me and I almost died of the grossness of the sound of it squishing. I bawled and to this day if I never see another tomato hornworm it will be too soon!

  12. I kept one of those tomato caterpillars inside to let my kids watch it turn into a moth. Bad idea. I ended up having to buy 4 tomato plants just for that silly thing because he ate so much. And apparently, they don’t spin cacoons where you can see them. They burrow under the dirt while they change. Our caterpillar disappeared a few days ago, which I assume means it’s in the dirt now. DH drilled air holes in a clear Totes container, which we turned upside down over the potted tomato plant so that the moth will be where we can see him when he emerges. So to make a long story short, the best thing to do with tomato hornworms is to remove them from your plants and squish them. They’re way too much work to be good pets.

  13. Oh yeah…

    My response may also be prompted by a desire to finish reading your birth story.

  14. I think this new baby euphoria will wear off. I hope it does. Or maybe you’re reliving life with just 1 child. Then by all means, keep at it when you are left with just 1 child. But when everyone is back, remember that they are there so you can just sit and marvel at your most wonderful prize. Sit and be intoxicated by his newborn head smell. Sit and nurse and continue to sit and know that nursing isn’t just about feeding the baby. It’s for you to feed yourself, too. With godly contentment in just enjoying your baby and resting. Are you drinking a glass of water with every nursing? Maybe you need to drink 2 glasses with all your activity. God’s definitely going to bless you with more as you are way too young to allow a 10th baby to slow you down!

    I know you do what you do because you want to and not because you feel that you have to. And that’s commendable. Just don’t forget that the baby is your prize so enjoy while the baby is still a baby. 🙂

  15. Patsy Coghlan says:

    No wonder we didn’t get the part 2 of Parker’s birth story. Now didn’t you learn anything from me, Don’t overdo it the first six weeks, you will pay for it when you get older. That doesn’t mean not to do anything but slowly build back up to regular duties. I guess it runs in the mommy genes, it’s easier said than done. I love you and wish I was there to help you.

  16. You wore me out just reading that!! I’m fairly new ( a year in) to living in the country and going back to the basics. I just started cloth diapering part time til I can afford more. What are you using and what soap do you wash yours with?

    Love your blog… When I get to read it lol

  17. Summer Nichols says:

    You are so much more productive than most of the world today! Enjoy holding your sweet new baby! Time flies when you are in the baby stage!

  18. Obviously you didn’t read my earlier comment to stay in bed for a week. Now, I know your sense of time is probably off right now, but it has NOT been a week yet! 🙂 (Just a little friendly ribbing. I’m sure you didn’t overdo things.)

    Of course, if you are wondering what I could possibly have done more than once (when will we learn?) that makes me so adamant…well, uh, we could discuss that privately. 😉 Ahem.

  19. Too much!

    Evidently WordPress does not like short answers.

  20. Wow! That is amazing!

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