So, pictures... I have a lot, but am only going to take time to post a few here. The top left is of Jeremy holding her in her going home outfit on Monday (1/4/10). She actually traveled very well in her car seat on that a snowy day. The top right is her going to the doctor out fit on Wednesday (1/6/10). She didn't cry at all that day, not even on the cold scale. She left the hospital weighing 6 lbs, 8 oz, and at the doctor, she was up to 6 lbs, 10 oz - two ounces shy of her birth weight.... really packing on the ounces our little Madison. The bottom left is just an incredibly good close up of her face. Madison has stolen our hearts. We could sit and watch her squirm and make noises for hours (if I could stay awake to do it!). Our neighbor boy who is a fourth grader came over to peer at her. He told Jeremy, "Man, you are so lucky, you can just sit and stare at her all day." What a great observation! The bottom right is the outfit her daddy bought for her when I sent him shopping for the newborn size pjs. I think he did a great job :)
Friday, January 8, 2010
Madison and Motherhood
Well, it has taken more than a week for me to publish a post, but that is not entirely atypical. This week I haven't had the energy or the time to do it. I once said (Jeremy continually reminds me) that having a dog with 5 puppies had to be more work than having a baby. I will disagree with myself, although the puppies were a lot of work and stress. What is nice about a baby is that (eventually) we will be able to go out with her, but the puppies are not as socially acceptable. And I am on a tangent .... This has been a week of learning. Jeremy has been able to be a part of the good times and extremely emotional times with me. Let me just say that all of this mothering stuff does not come a naturally as people would claim. The "I love my child and think she is the most beautiful thing in the world".. that part comes pretty naturally. The knowing what to do when you breastfeed, when the baby cries, how to give a bath, how to survive on little sleep .. that part does not come naturally. I am so thankful that Jeremy was here to just listen and support me. (He doesn't really think that is "doing" anything, but for all you dads/soon-to-be dads, that is a lot of help!