Your umbilical cord stump fell off today. I was changing you and realized it was gone, and found myself simultaneously grossed out and saddened by this occurrence. I immediately called out for your dad to come, and he came running in asking what was the matter. After proclaiming what had happened, he excitedly ran over to take a look at your new belly button. I started crying. I was sad that this final physical connection between you and I was gone, and I was a little shaken up by the fact that your cord stump was floating around somewhere in your onesie. I asked your dad to please find it and dispose of it. He asked if he should throw it away or compost it; I said, ‘Just get rid of it’, to which he thankfully complied.
You are so expressive with your face, especially immediately upon waking. You love to stretch, arching your back and putting your arms up by your head, and holding this position for many seconds. Then you yawn and some funny faces ensue, as though your face is also joining in the stretches. Often during this routine you also let out several sounds which can only be described as little squeaks. This happens every night each time you wake up for a feeding, and it never ceases to make me smile every time. You certainly make the middle-of-the-night feedings entertaining; I love you so much!
You have yet to earn a nickname, and I told your dad that maybe ‘Squeaky’ or ‘Squeaker’, or even ‘Pipsqueak’ might be fitting. So far nothing’s stuck.
Today was a crazy busy day, and in retrospect, I scheduled too much for us. It started with a newborn and family photo shoot first thing this morning. You were quite fussy and unable to really settle, and your sister wasn’t very cooperative either. I was skeptical about any good pictures resulting from the shoot, but thankfully we got a few.
Then we had to quickly drop your sister off at school and dash to your doctor’s appointment. We were so happy to learn that you are back up to your birth weight (7 pounds, 6 ounces). The doctor said you look great and we don’t have to go back until your two month appointment! Carrying on what has become almost a tradition, we went to lunch after your appointment before dropping your dad off back at work.
This evening we all went to the Jeff and Paige concert at Chautauqua. Jeff and Paige are a couple who sing kid-focused nature-themed songs. We’ve gone a few times to hear them play with Emma; this was your first time along! You got really fussy and upset on the way there. First we stopped at the grocery store and your dad ran inside to grab items for our picnic dinner. You started crying inconsolibly in the car while we were waiting, so I got out and picked you up, and you calmed down. But when I put you back in the carseat to go pick up your sister, you got upset again. At her school the same thing happened; I picked you up and you were content. But once we left for the concert, you were upset again. It was only about a five minute drive, thank goodness, but we were all really stressed by the time we got there. I got you out, found a spot for us all to sit, and nursed you, and you calmed right down. You slept the rest of the concert, so I’m not sure if you enjoyed it or not.
We had another family adventure to the park, where your sister played with her friend Freja and you and I hung out under a tree in the shade. It was nice to be outside and to just relax and watch Emma play. You seemed content just hanging out in the shade.
Today we had our first full-fledged family outing; it was the first time all four of us have been in the car together. We drove about 20 minutes away to Butterfly Pavilion. You did great in the car, dozing off after just a few minutes, and your sister seemed happy to have you back there with her. You slept through our visit to Butterfly Pavilion, waking up to eat and then going back to sleep. Next we met nana and papa for lunch, where they were happy to get to hold you during the meal as you slept happily in their arms.
Afterward we went to the ice skating rink next door, where a competition was underway. It was your sister’s first time watching ice skating, and she seemed enthralled both with the skaters and with the audience. She had fun watching the audience, and then clapping when they clapped.
Today is your dad’s and my 11th wedding anniversary. Your dad made us a nice dinner and we all sat outside and ate. We had fun celebrating with you and your sister, just having a nice relaxing dinner and enjoying our new, larger family of four.
You are one-week old today! Though far from settling into a real routine, we have started to adopt some patterns, especially around nursing and sleeping, and I think we’re all starting to adapt into life as a family as four. I’ve been trying to rest and relax this week, but am also feeling really restless and anxious to get back to my normal activity level. Having your dad and Emma home further emphasizes this, as I just want to get out and do fun things with you all.
This morning your dad decided to take Emma to the park, and you and I joined them on the adventure. Emma has been really into riding the bus lately, so we took the bus down the road to the park. We ran into some friends there and it was nice to be out and catching up with people. You had your first bus ride and first park visit, and you slept through both. You woke up at home in virtually the same spot as you’d been when we left for the park, so I doubt you even realized the adventure that you’d been on.
This afternoon we went to the breastfeeding support group at the hospital. I went to this frequently with your sister, and just wanted to go to verify that we’re on the right track. So far nursing has been going really smoothly, and you are a more interested and engaged eater than your sister. I’m hopeful that you’ll put on weight steadily and that I won’t be so concerned about your eating and weight gain as I was with her. Today you weighed 6 lbs 15 oz – already 2 oz more than yesterday – before I fed you and 17 lb 2 oz after I fed you; you ate an amazing 3 oz of milk from one feeding.