OoooOO this is the thread for me!
Well, Bella is 18 days old now - so she'll be 3 weeks on Tuesday and I can't believe how fast these days have gone! I've treasured every second. In some ways it's really odd because she is the spitting image of her sister Josie apart from that Josie had almost black hair, and Bella's hair is medium brown - but in terms of features, she is very very similar indeed. So often when I hold her, I feel like...I'm holding twins. Like Josie is kind of "there" as an extra soul. It's very strange and poignant but also very healing.
I am loving being a mom - LOVING it. Even late at night, nursing her when I could literally fall over sideways from tiredness, I just look down into her big, dark eyes after a feed and she stares back up at mine, and I am just so enchanted with her. I stroke her little warm cheek and feel overwhelmingly, heart-overflowingly grateful that she's here.
Breastfeeding is going nicely - had a week of varying levels of pain and cracked, sore, even bleeding nipples, but we got through that and now it's a doddle. Actually funnily enough, I now am dealing with an oversupply and nurse from one breast for extended periods - she had a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance which resulted in lovely green slimy poos! Now, we're back to wonderful yellow seedy poos - and an abundance of them! Earlier today we had a diaper blowout of monumental, earth shattering, atomic bomb style proportions - I mean it was out the sides, up the back...wow! The hilarious thing was, once I had her cleaned up from all the poo all over her (it was almost an under-the-sink/bath/shower situation) I put her on her changing mat, turned to get a diaper and she'd done a massive wee and was lying in pee from head to toe...aaaahhh vay!
So that's all going nicely. She is a cuddly baby - which is no problem for me - ideal really because I am a cuddly mama - I like to cuddle a lot! So I have no idea what kind of "needs" baby she is because we're always cuddling anyway! She is happy though - very smily already and has given us three social smiles for sure - two to me, while we looked at one another (I smiled, she smiled back while looking in my eyes - no gas!) and one to her Daddy as he was tickling her - she even make a little "ah!" laughing noise! That was pretty cool!
She did the whole "bottom lip jutting out sad expression" today for the first time and it was so darn cute that I almost fell out of my skin...
What else...well, she's gaining weight beautifully, we're co-sleeping, so we're both getting a fairly good amount of rest. She sleeps in a little sleep positioner next to me, on her side. She can sleep on her back, but does prefer the side because that way, she can easily nurse on demand and can fall asleep with a boob in her mouth or close enough that she can feel the warmth and smell it.
Here are a couple of links to a little newborn session we did about a week ago:http://picasaweb.google.com/jeanne.b...eat=directlinkhttp://picasaweb.google.com/jeanne.b...eat=directlink
I think that's it for now... This time is so lovely
I am tired, but grateful to the extreme and completely in love and very inspired!