This is not a brag post. Yes, I do keep forgetting about her because she's proving to be a very easy baby - during the day anyways. But that's not the point of this post. Yay for me, though :)
She wakes up, I change her diaper, I change her again because she poops a second after I change her (must learn not to rush the changes...), then I nurse her if she asks for it or we just sit and look at each other, and then she goes to sleep for three or four hours and I wander about taking care of business when I ought to be napping. Par for the course, so far.
Ione (pronounced eye-OWE-knee, for all those of you who are wondering) is now eight days old and I STILL can't get used to the idea that I have a baby again. I mean, I feel completely and permanently connected with her and I think about her ALL the time, especially when she's tucked in for a nap and I'm not holding her. I'm deeply, madly in love and I crave her. But somehow I don't feel like my life has changed all that much so far.
I guess that must be normal for a third baby? I mean, it's not like I have never done this before. The birth felt amazingly and reassuringly routine and uneventful, like we FINALLY got it right. I could have said that about Phoenix's birth only it was a bit desperate because she caught us by surprise so we had nothing ready.
I'm healing really well. The nursing doesn't even hurt, which is a first, and I don't think I've ever seen such a great latch on a newborn before.
She's growing super well. She's calm, she's quiet. She spends a lot of time just sitting there looking around. She even SMILED at me on day three, no joke. My mom saw it too.
I keep forgetting she's here! She'll squeak and I'll look up startled. The only time I really remember she's around is when her sisters are home and asking to hold her or I have to attend to their needs while remembering how to nurse and talk at the same time, or while I'm actively attending to her limited needs.
PLEASE tell me this isn't just the honeymoon phase, because if this is my last newborn experience then I'd like it to always be like this.
Some new photos for your enjoyment.
What is with these children and their bizarre smiles for the camera?
All ready for her first ride in her Baby Jogger City Select, with Mom pushing.