JINX. JINX. JINX. Ahhhh I can’t believe I’m about to say this. But you are the world’s easiest baby.
Perhaps it’s my reward for working so hard to bring you into the world. Maybe I’m just banking the good behavior because you’re going to be a terrible two-year-old. Or possibly, you will be the world’s easiest infant, toddler, tween and teenager.
No matter what the reason is, I so appreciate you giving me these 14 days of peace and happiness, because I know that’s not the norm. It has allowed me the time to rest and recover (ouch) and adjust to the enormous mental and physical change that being a mother has caused.
So what has happened in the last two weeks?
Well, before we left the hospital, we did get some scary news — you have a heart murmur, discovered by the pediatrician the day you were born. The condition is apparently quite common, and an EKG shows that it’s a minor case and should fix itself. It’s basically a valve that does not close the way it should.
The pediatrician at the hospital and the one at our permanent practice want you to see a cardiologist in a few weeks so we can get an update, but for now, there’s nothing that we have to do to treat or worry about the murmur.
Speaking of the pediatrician, you had a great visit on Monday after we left the hospital. Of course, you made Mommy (and Daddy!) very glad that she had packed the diaper bag because you had not one but TWO major incidents while waiting for the nurse practitioner to come in. Just hours before that, I was very concerned about the lack of dirty diapers. Concern=over. From that day on, you have been an overachiever in that department.
At birth you weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces by by Monday, you’d dropped to 6 pounds 15 ounces. The NP said that was very normal, but asked me to feed you every three hours until your next appointment. If you have gotten back to or above your birth weight, we’ll be able to be less strict (hello, nighttime feedings). I have a feeling you’ll be above that number because on Friday, we went to our first Baby Bunch class and you weighed in at 7 pounds 11 ounces. I’m still sticking with the NP’s instructions until I get the official word.
Speaking of feedings, this is where I shake my head. You latched on moments after you were born like you’d gotten instructions in the womb. And you haven’t had any problems since! You latch perfectly, eat for 20-30 minutes a stretch and seem totally fulfilled. I made myself crazy worrying about my supply in the first few days because I have not felt any letdown, have no pain or cracking, don’t have any pain from engorgement (although my boobs are HUGE so I know something is going on!) and other than seeing milk dripping from your mouth, I have no evidence that things are working. But you have lots of diapers, have spit up milk twice (no fun for either of us but proof that something is making it into your belly) and are gaining weight.
Right now, you also love everything we introduce to you. Your Rock ‘N’ Play, your co-sleeper, your swing, My Breast Friend, the Ergo carrier…you sleep in your swaddle and don’t even mind diaper changes. The only thing you haven’t loved is your first bath, but you only cried at the end and you hushed right up when we dried you off and wrapped you up in your swaddle.
In Week 2, we had your newborn photo shoot (fun!) and went to our second Baby Bunch class, which was a blast. We have also been taking walks in your stroller (you love that too!) and soon, I hope to take you to a Mommy and Me yoga class. Won’t that be fun?
Grammy and Grampy fell in love with you and I’m so glad that got to visit right after you were born. And your far-away family loves you desperately. Everyone wants to meet you!
And your Daddy and I are so in love with you. Welcome to the world!