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Poor baby

We do mean things to babies. Max had his eight week needles today, and now he’s all sad :( At least he didn’t cry too much when he got them, although hrs grizzly now.

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Baby, three weeks

This week has been a bit hard. Baby has been very unsettled, particularly between midnight and six am, which means I’m not getting as much sleep as I’d like. I’m trying to figure out if there’s something I’m consuming that is upsetting him – possibly it’s a bit much fruit (but I really need to keep up my fruit right now) and I’m worried that the occasional Berocca I’ve had (because I’m tired) is rebounding on him (creating a vicious circle!). It could just be that he’s on a growth spurt though – he’s feeding a LOT (as my nipples will scream at me every time he latches on) and growing before our eyes. So he’ll probably settle down in another day or two. I really hope so, cos I’m only functioning at the moment cos hubby has taken the early morning shift every day since we came home, but he goes back to work on Tuesday. Ack! That means no more morning sleeps to catch up, it means getting the kids fed and ready each morning by 8.15 for the school run, and all the other stuff hubby’s been doing. Really not looking forward to him going…

In other news, Miss Four has now done two ballet and two gymnastics classes, Master Seven is enrolled in guitar classes at school and has joined the school choir too. Looks like we’re focussing on the arts this year :) And I’ll post this separately, but pretty much the only thing I’ve achieved this week is preparing for the 2010 Aust SF Snapshot, which starts Monday! Really looking forward to being able to get a bit more stuff done during the day!

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Ratbag baby

This bub likes to be difficult! He’s spent much of the past 18 hours in an incubator under lights due to jaundice, the ratbag. He’s fine, but the paediatrician wanted to treat him to ensure all stayed well. I’ve had him out plenty, for long feeds and sneaky cuddles (he’s a VERY cuddly bub!) and the good news is, he’s been quite happy in the incubator, stretched out like he’s on a sunbed or something! He’s a cruisey little man :)

Had visits from the Batt family (who endured a false fire alarm and subsequent lockdown of the ward!) and and kids yesterday, which was lovely. I felt bad though, cos I know people don’t come to see me, they come to cuddle the baby, and they couldn’t yesterday! :) Hubby and kids also came a couple of times, all looking a bit weary – perhaps missing mum being there to enforce naps and bedtimes!

The staff are starting to ask when I’m thinking about going home, and while obviously some of that is dependent on bub’s test results today, regardless, I’d like to stay one more night I think – it’s nice to be just able to enjoy the baby and quiet time together without worrying about chores and big kids and all :) Might be a bit selfish of me, but I know it’s the last chance I’ll get!

This photo taken by very proud big sister yesterday!

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Baby’s first day..

Bub is doing really well! After the small health scare he gave us, he reacted really well to the treatment and by 11pm, was fine. Night midwife and I decided we didn’t like the idea of pushing artificial milk down his neck, so I expressed what I could and we got that into him, and then we started to try to get him to attach. It was weird, as both the other two latched on first go, and feeding was never a drama, so I really didn’t have any strategies for getting bub to feed! Luckily, the midwife was brilliant, and between us, he eventually got the idea and had a good long feed. He’s not looked back!

Not a lot of sleep that first night. Got untied from the bed first thing in the morning, and despite shakiness and pain, managed to shower on my own and face the day. First visitors hubby and kids, and the kids finally got a chance to cuddle bub. After they left, workmate Cheryl and her daughter Jenn (who is our main babysitter) arrived, which was lovely. They crossed over with aunty Gene & uncle Rex, who stayed for a good chat. I was just about falling asleep on them by the time they left though, and bub and I both had a solid two hour nap then.

The afternoon saw the foly return, along with Miss Four’s best friend’s family, who all needed cuddles. When they all left, we had a bit of quiet until arrived to shockle the baby and enjoy the live Twitter party for the Aurealis Awards announcements. Sadly, none of Twelfth Planet Press’s seven nomination managed a win, but we were pleased for friends who did win their categories, and still delighted for making it onto so many shortlists. We may have talked a lot too!

Then we managed a couple of blocks of three hours or so sleep, which was lovely! Fingers crossed that sort of behaviour continues!

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