Jade is One Week Old!

6 Feb

Today was Michael’s first day back at work; he eased back into it by going in for a half day.  I was impressed that he actually got up early to go in for the morning half of the day – he definitely enjoys sleeping in!  His alarm went off at 7:00, about half an hour after I’d gone back to bed after an early morning feeding.  It wasn’t too bad a night; Jade was up twice for feeding, but I was able to stay in bed for the first one.

When I woke up, I wondered where Michael was, as I hadn’t heard him come into the room after his shower to get dressed for work.  It turned out I’d slept right through his preparations and it was now 9:30.  Jade woke up at the same time and had a long feed.  Then I burped her and she wanted to feed again.  I was finally able to put her down in the cradle for half an hour around 10:30 so I could have a shower.  As soon as I was out, she was demanding another feeding.  I never did get to have breakfast (just a couple of granola bars) until after noon!  It was what I would call a marathon feeding morning.  I missed a number of phone calls because I decided I didn’t want the distraction while I was spending time with my little girl, so I just stayed put whenever the darned thing rang.  Hey, if it’s important, folks can leave a message and I will call back as soon as I can get out of the rocking chair!  The marathon continued this afternoon and by the time 3 o’clock rolled around, we were both exhausted, so we slept together for a couple of hours.  Michael has a nasty little video of me snoring with Jade on my chest.

Jade is a week old today, and I swear she’s changing before our eyes.  Her nose is bigger (apparently, it was squished when she was born, although it didn’t look that way to her mama’s biased eyes!), her eyes are a little lighter, her cheeks are rounder, even her fingernails look bigger.  Michael and I took prints of her feet on Friday morning, and I’d be willing to bet that if we compared them, her feet now would be bigger than the prints we did just a few days ago.  For a few days, I couldn’t get her to stay awake long enough to have a full feeding; contrast that to today’s marathon feeds!  Another big event today: at the last diaper change, the cord stump fell off, so she now officially has a belly button.  (It’s still red and I’d guess maybe a bit sensitive, but it’s a belly button!)  Another thing that has developed in the last few days – she often seems to smile in her sleep.

I finally found the cloth that I bought months ago to use as a wrap.  I dug out the instructions I’d printed off on how to do the "forward cradle cross wrap" and so I’ve got Jade wrapped up on my chest now, with both hands free to type.  It’s a neat carry – so secure, I can even bend over and pick stuff up off the floor.  One is supposed to be able to nurse hands-free with it, too.  The only this is, it seems like her head is sort of forced to stay in one position, so I won’t leave her in there for too long – maybe I just need some more practice doing this carry.  At any rate, she seems pretty content in there.

I’d love to get a real wrap (like these ones) because the fabric is specially woven to stretch on the diagonal; another wrap-wearing mum told me she found it really made a difference from the simple cloth she’d used at first, especially when her daughter got heavier.  The trouble is, I’ve never seen one being sold for less than $90, which seems like a lot to pay for what is essentially a simple length of fabric.  Anyway, this does work for now.  It’ll be fun to get Michael to try it, too!

Can I just add what a wonderful husband I have?  After getting home from government work, he spent the afternoon working on a contract he has and also attending to things that I needed.  He made a delicious stir-fry for dinner (with broccoli and bamboo shoots – mmm!) and then brought it to me on a tray.  I can’t even imagine how exhausted I’d be if he weren’t doing so much for us right now.  You’re the best, honey!


7 Responses to “Jade is One Week Old!”

  1. Nemmy February 7, 2006 at 4:35 am #

    You go Michael!! I\’ll keep an eye out for wraps, Fawn…

  2. Unknown February 8, 2006 at 4:37 pm #

    Hey Fawni! Glad to hear that nursing is going better – you\’re so
    industrious that I\’m sure you\’ll be able to tackle any problem that you
    encounter with Jade.Isn\’t it ironic that when the big boobs come,
    they\’re more utilitarian than cosmetic. Guess you can\’t have your cake
    and eat it too. Although Jade manages to have your boobs and drink
    them… hmm…I can\’t remember which of my new-nursing-mom friends
    told me this, but apparently lining your bra with fresh cabbage leaves
    is a home remedy that reduces milk-related breast swelling and
    discomfort. Haven\’t tried it myself, but thought you might want to know.Love and Hugs, from your comparatively boobless buddy, Chelle.

  3. Meandering February 9, 2006 at 3:36 pm #

    A nurse at the hospital mentioned the cabbage thing.  What I would like to know is, HOW DOES SOMEONE FIGURE THAT OUT?!!?  Which person in history can take the credit for putting cabbage on their breasts and making this discovery?  "Ah!  You\’re the cabbage breast woman!"
    Or maybe it\’s just a prank.  "Hey!  Did you hear?  Apparently, if you mush bananna in your shoes, you\’ll be able to stand longer before your feet get tired!"

  4. Unknown February 9, 2006 at 6:04 pm #

    Found some more reasonable Ellaroo wraps… but not by that much when
    you convert the $$, etc.. They look so very cool – could you get Mike
    to post a pic. of you wearing one (oh, and that snoring video, too…)

    🙂 Chelle

  5. Becka February 10, 2006 at 10:45 am #

    http://www.heart2heart.on.ca –  a Canadian based baby sling companyhttp://www.mayawrap.com – MayaWraps while in US prices still convert reasonablyhttp://www.lucky-baby.com & http://www.hotslings.com have also come recommended from friends who use slings.Jade is a beautiful baby. Congrats to both you and Michael!

  6. Meandering February 10, 2006 at 10:55 am #

    You\’ll have to see the snoring video when you come for a visit – I haven\’t figured out how to post it to the blog.

  7. Unknown February 10, 2006 at 11:33 pm #

    Hi Fawn,
    I heard the news some days ago. Congratulation. What a cute little thing. 🙂 Love Heidi

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