Baby’s first week!

22 Sep

Clean baby, tired mama

The stats: Weight: 7 lbs 9 oz, 52nd percentile; length: 21 inches, 90th percentile; head, 13 1/2 inches, 80th percentile. My baby is long and lean!

Nicknames: Squeaker, muffin, bug, zayets/bunny, Nikitusha

Temperament: Observant, fussy, but rarely mad.

Things I Could Do Without: This new fun game you play where you are hungry but won’t latch.  We can spend up to 15 minutes in this viscious cycle: open mouth, bring head to breast, give a few sucks, push head back, make a mad face, start again.  It’s awesome–especially for my nipples which you have already sucked raw from your “healthy eating” and “strong latch.”

Item/Toy We Love The Most: The Bouncer!! This thing has been a lifesaver: anytime we want to hang out with you, you’re fussy but not sleepy, or we just need our hands free it saves us! Love-that-thing!

Item/Toy You Love The Most: Aside from the bouncer, the days you spent doing light therapy for your jaundice were saved by a pacifier.  Your ‘sleep sheep,’ a sound machine, has also calmed you quickly.  You loved the sound of whales (which I think sound like aliens).

Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: Getting to know you! This has been a wild week – I gave birth to you au naturale one week ago. You had the funniest cone-head from the long birth and you were so alert! Everyone commented on what a calm baby you are. We are so blessed! Then you got jaundice and the torture began – so many pricks to the heel to get blood & test your bilirubin levels.  Over the weekend you were stuck with light phototherapy. I’m so glad they have the techonlogy to send lights home with you–I would have hated to be back in the hospital!! A nurse visited every day to weigh you and take more blood. It was neat to see you grow every day–you really do eat like a champ! Now that the jaundice is fading, it has been so wonderful to spend time with you. Last night we gave you a sponge bath and you LOVED it!  Your belly-button stump is infected and a bit fell off yesterday, but until we know that it’s ok, no water baths. I think you’ll love those too: your mama spent so much time already in the tub with you before you were born, I can see you as a waterbaby, too!

Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Your hands! They are always up near your head–in your mouth (especially when you’re trying to feed), in front of your face (hands are fascinating!), or swaddled up near your cheek.  In every ultrasound pic, your hands were up near your face, and they remain that way now.

My little bunny, it has been so fun getting to know you this week. It is fun, frustrating, amazing, and precious so have a newborn at home.  You have changed our lives so much in the past 10 months–for the better–and it is so fun to see what our family has produced. Your dad sees a lot of me in you, but when he holds you you look just like him.  We love you so much and we can’t wait to see you grow into a baby, then a little boy, then a little man.

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