Friday, April 13, 2012
Day 7: Getting in the swing of things
Popcorn is a week old today and we are really getting in the swing of things. She sleeps at night and naps at reasonable times. She eats lot and though I am pretty swollen and leak a little, I'm not engorged. Engorgement can be super uncomfy to say the least-like sleeping on two giant red, leaky boulders. I nurse very frequently, on demand, so this isn't an issue. She's gaining weight nicely and interacts with us. She can lift her head, too. I made her birth announcement today :) I like to wait a little while until that newborn newness wears off before taking pics, but Popcorn is crazy cute. She didn't peel at all, probably because she's never had a bath. I'll elaborate on that later. Anyway, here's the announcement:
Okay, about the bath. I recently read some literature that indicated bathing immediately after birth could interfere with bonding. She was wiped down, though she really came out relatively clean anyways. She hasn't been bathed since. Unlike the other children, she never peeled and her umbilical stump has already fallen off. The other kids, that didn't happen until they were about 2 weeks old. I only cleaned hers with water and used rubbing alcohol on the others.
Popcorn sleeps a lot better than the others. She takes timely naps and sleeps for long stretches at night. She tends to cluster feed, but I actually prefer cluster feeding because it frees up long stretches of time where I can do other things, like hang with the big kids or bathe. She's a really good baby and I feel so blessed to have her! The kids treat her with so much love. Here's Side Salad singing to her:
I was looking at last year's Easter pic and it looked like someone was missing. It already feels like she has always been her, like she's always been a part of our family. It's amazing how she fills a void I never knew was there.