While for the most part I had a great birthing experience, I'm a bit bittersweet that they slept through the birth. I have very fond memories of my oldest being right next to me when #2 was born and being a very important part of that process.
At first they were indifferent. Now (4 days later) they speak and interact with her as "the baby" and not as "Carmen". They really enjoy gently stroking her hair. My youngest is more in tuned to react to her and try to soothe her when she is crying or fussy.
I picked up my placenta pills yesterday and the midwife had this as a keepsake - her placenta cord:
It has this interesting amber-like quality. I'm thinking of burying it under a fruit tree.
Also I treated myself to a Mayan Abdominal Massage yesterday. Supposedly its a special massage to help with postpartum alignment and other stuff. I feel like an emotional cloud has lifted from me (maybe the onset of PPD - unsure) and I feel taller and stronger in the midsection.
Admittedly, I haven't been resting like I should so it could just be having those two hours for just me. vs doing childcare and housework.
Here's a nice article on the importance of rest: The Undervalued Therapeutic Power of Rest | Gloria Lemay