So I took a little time off from blogging because I was cooking up something a little different. My precious little baby made her arrival on October 6th! Giving birth to her was the best experience of my life…yes I can say that even after the pain of labor, delivery, and postpartum healing. I wanted to share a few “I wish I knew that before” things about labor and delivery for other women since I feel like there is still so much we don’t share about the process and then we’re surprised with “That happens?!” in the moment.
- Everyone will try and tell you what the pain of contraction feels like. From bad menstrual cramps to bad gas, I heard so many different explanations of what to expect. So what does it feel like? Well, first it will be different for everyone because we all have different levels of pain tolerance and the intensity of contraction pain is different. I can tell you since I was induced the pain was unlike anything I ever experienced or could even imagine. Imagine all your abdominal muscles being twisted into a tight knot and pulled to it’s tightest…then repeat that every few minutes for hours upon hours. Oh….and the pain might be so bad that you throw up! That was fun.
- You most likely will need a catheter if you get an epidural. But, you won’t feel it since the epidural is already in place.
- You can get the shakes from all the hormones. Once my epidural was working I got the shakes, bad! Thankfully what helped was touch. My husband and doula took turns rubbing my legs and eventually the shaking subsided.
- Pushing is completely exhausting. So by the time you get to the “Ok, it’s time to push!” you’ve endured hours and hours of exhausting labor, and now you need to get through the most physically demanding part. Pushing is taking a deep breath and then holding it as you push like you’re going #2 for 10 seconds, and do that 3 times in a row. There were many times I couldn’t get to the 3rd time I was so out of breath and thought I’d pass out if I tried for the third time.
- You’re going to tear. Ok so some people don’t tear. I don’t know how, but expect that will happen. The good news? (Yes, there’s good news!) If you have an epidural you don’t feel it at all. And, the mindset now is that natural tearing is better than getting an episiotomy, so it’s less common to have to have your doctor make an aggressive incision.
- The doctor needs to clean out your uterus. Ok, this was the biggest one I was not prepared for. After delivering the placenta the doctor reaches in a few times and cleans out anything leftover. Ouch!
- The next day. The forceful pushing will make it feel like the baby came out of your butt. There’s no delicate way to phrase that. You used that muscle so much that it’s tired and feels heavy and makes sitting down, rolling over, standing up, laughing, coughing, pretty much anything painful. Oh, and you probably pushed out a hemorrhoid in the process as well.
- You can’t prepare for how much you’ll love this little baby. If there’s ever a time that love at first sight is true, it’s giving birth. While I’m no where near ready to say “Let’s do that again!” having that much love for a little itty bitty body that’s just a few seconds old is the most overwhelming feeling!
So after all that, who’s hungry?
This was my first post-baby baking. These pumpkin biscuits are super easy and only have a mild pumpkin flavor, it’s not overpowering.The cinnamon honey butter is the perfect topping for these and take these from being a plain pumpkin biscuit to something much more delectable!
Ingredients- Yields 8 drop biscuits
-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 1/4 tablespoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon ginger
-1 stick butter, softened and cubed
-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
-1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
-1/2 tablespoon honey
-1/4 cup milk
Honey Butter Ingredients
-3 tablespoons butter, softened
-1/2 tablespoon honey
-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400, grease cooking sheet. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cubed butter.
2. In another bowl, combine the pumpkin and honey. Pour into flour mixture and add milk. Stir with wooden spoon until dough has formed. Drop biscuits onto greased cookie sheet and bake 20-25 minutes.
3. For the honey butter, combine the softened butter, honey, and cinnamon and stir until smooth. You can serve like that, or…Optional: Drop butter into wax paper and roll to form a log. Roll in wax paper and place in fridge 20-30 minutes.