Wow, every day TRULY is getting easier and easier. I'm officially 13 days post-op, and the pain is getting so much more manageable. At one point today, my pain level was a TWO!! I was even able to give my girls a bath tonight! My husband got them in and out of the tub for me and got them dressed, but I was able to kneel on the floor next to the tub and get them washed by myself. It's amazing how even just 4 days ago, I had a completely different outlook on things. More and more I'm thinking the decision to have the surgery was a good one, and I'm so excited that it seems to have been successful. Today I was home alone with the kids, which I was definitely nervous about. But all went well and I was able to avoid lifting the girls, except for one time when I picked my 1-year old up. However, she is about 19-lbs, and it didn't bother my back at all. My 10-year old son was a HUGE help to me throughout the day.
So, all in all, things are going very well. I'm counting down the days until I can start my new job. I'm actually going to call them tomorrow and see if there is any way they'll allow me to start sooner than August 8th. Financially, we really need the money coming in, and I feel ready to get back to work.