week two of
we can start off by saying that daphne did lots of things in her second week of life that would be deemed rude if she were an adult.
^^^ yawn in my face ^^^
^^^ and fall asleep on my chest. ^^^
and puke on me. but she’s not an adult. she’s a baby so all these things were frickin’ adorable! i also got to witness some pretty loving moments from my eldest towards her sis.
^^^ playing peek-a-boo ^^^
^^^ morning time snuggles ^^^
^^^ taking care of ‘le diaper’ situation ^^^
^^^ and providing moral support during daphne’s first doctor’s visit ^^^
yes, daphne had her first real looksie done by a pediatrician. it was our first outing. how crazy it is to think about the difference between the beginnings of life for my two girls. i definitely recommend a slower paced start like we’ve had with daphne. it’s weirdly refreshing to realize you haven’t been out and about for a week but tucked away and snuggling your loves instead.
and as for me, my week was filled with milestones as well, and some sweet self-care.
^^^ …prepping myself a meal. i didn’t cook it but it was the first i had assembled on a plate for myself in at least 10 days! ^^^
^^^ …and babywearing ^^^
^^^ …and wearing real clothes and missing the way they used to fit over my big belly. ^^^
^^^ reading ^^^
^^^ writing out dreams and schemes ^^^
but the most important thing i did for the second week of my babe’s life was to work on our breastfeeding relationship. dap jo has been a pretty good little nurser, but we’ve not been without challenges. even with more knowledge, prior experience and ample resources, getting this relationship off to a good start has been a lot of work. however, i’m so thankful for the extra tools i have this time around. i feel passion building inside of me again to put some CLC skills to use alongside other women as they forge these sweet relationships with their little ones.
^^^ so i kept my lactation materials close. and my family kept me nourished and supplied with snacks and beverages within arm’s reach. self care is an important part of baby care! ^^^
^^^ we stayed close, snuggled up for most of the week ^^^
^^^ i spent the week rotating through many different breastfeeding positions. we improved our skills together as a team. ^^^
^^^ and thus far we’ve had a pretty pleasant experience leaving me with time enough to stare at a pretty little nursling head and send wishes to the cosmos that her hairs will stay all shades of red ^^^
^^^ …and enjoy her blissed out, post feed slumbers. ^^^
and i have to say that i realize how lucky i am to have had the opportunity to spend these first two weeks off my feet with my brand-spanking-new baby. i’m thoroughly grateful for the care of my family and to the universe to receive that gift. i didn’t accept it the first time around and now i know what i missed out on with my first girly. having that care and taking this time gave me the energy i needed to get our breastfeeding relationship off to a great start. i believe this experience will ripple forward through our lives bringing positive things our way.
wish us well with week 3!