A week in

Gas facesEvelyn is one week old today, and so far all is going quite well! We did have a rough night last night, but that was mostly due to Elspeth waking up and being a pain – you know, the older child who is meant to be well-behaved! Ha. The little one still slept reasonably well.

Evelyn is on expressed breastmilk for now; initially because she had trouble latching on to the breast. However, I’m quite happy to keep things this way for now; I obsess a bit over how much she eats (not controlling or limiting it, just knowing it), and sadly boobs don’t have millilitres marked on them! A tragic design flaw.

Besides that, everything is fine. No sign of jaundice like her sister, which is great. I’m feeling really good, both mentally and physically – no baby blues, no PPD (so far), and I’ve been getting out and about and active.

Elspeth seems to be adjusting quite well to having a baby sister. She is still showing very few signs of jealousy or resentment, and she is happy to kiss the baby and try to play with her without being prompted. Aidan and I are both making a big effort to ensure Elspeth still feels loved and special, and to spend time with her, and I think that helps.

So basically, a week in, we’re all happy families. No worries!

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6 thoughts on “A week in

  1. Awwwww beautiful new girl, belated congratulations!!

    Hope you all get a good sleep tonight 🙂

  2. Chris Cariou says:

    All sounds fine! Elspeth is just trying to find her place. You two may be making efforts not to focus JUST on the new baby at Elspeth’s expense, but still, it’s always been all about her. It’s not her fault; it just shows what loving, caring parents you are. She will find her place in the pecking order. Maybe have a special ” Elspeth” party or day just for her. She will get that you still love her, but she will see that sometimes, Mommy or Daddy just HAVE to focus on other things.

  3. Congratulations!

    Just wanted to let you know that boobs don’t have the marks but there is a much better and more reliable way to assure yourself that all is well with input.

    Look at the output! What goes in must go out! Can’t go wrong! 1 wet per day of life up to 5 days and then 5-6+ diapers a day thereafter. A soaked diaper is equal to two wets 🙂 In the early days whenever I felt unsure I just focus on the other end. LOL

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/enough-milk.html

  4. Melissa says:

    Awww, she is just beautiful 🙂 Congratulations. I’m sure things will settle down for all of you.

  5. Expat Mammy says:

    Sounds like your all doing well, measuring marks on boobie is a fab idea!!!

  6. newdaddyhood says:

    Congrats on the new baby. I like your blog.

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