I think myself and goldengrove
are starting to fade out a bit. We're forgetting to do stuff like drop the teats and all into the sterilising goo after feeding, and haven't updated our whiteboard of Doing Stuff for a day or two. Unfortunately its mostly just down to not getting enough sleep - not so much straight numbers of hours, but blocks of it so you feel rested. People are kindly asking what they can do to help, but apparently its not possible to do 4 hours of sleep for someone else, dammit.
Folks have been very nice :-) We've had a smallish stream of visitors, and the social contact has been lovely, as has the food that people have brought around or come along and cooked :) It means I don't have to go to the shops, spend time deciding what to have and then time cooking it - 30 mins of being able to take my feet off the ground and just chill is more helpful than you might think. (If people wanna visit, give me a hoy & suggest a day and time - I have no braaains for planning such things, but can react to other suggestions just fine).
Hamish has had his second maternal & child health nurse visit and is doing well. He's putting on weight and head size, is still pink and seems to generally be flourishing. He's also staying awake a bit more after feeds (without screaming) and just making random gurgling sounds and looking at anything that isn't my face. Unfortunately he's still not getting the breastfeeding thing right, and continuing to try and get him to do it while the only feedback you get is screaming is a bit discouraging. goldengrove
went and saw a lactation specialist for help, and they gave some good tips, but what it seems to come down to is that he needs a bigger mouth. Continuing the whole trying & expressing until he gets there is really wearing, especially at 4am when he's deafening you in one ear.
We keep nearly cooking him - its easy to forget that the weather is heating up, and so he doesn't need a singlet and jumpsuit and wrap and a blanket. At least twice I've gone "ew, you've managed to pee all along your back" only to find its just sweat. Do not dehydrate the baby. He's currently sleeping next to me just in a wrap with the blanket tented above him, and seems much less restless than he's been (oh, and with the heater on, its cold).
Babies need more debugging info - any abnormal status is reported as "Error code 1 - SCREAM". This is behaviour we wouldn't put up with in software, except from Microsoft, so why has the situation not been rectified with children? I propose we genetically engineer them to have a number of different screams - something a bit whiny for needing a new nappy, the existing scream for needing food and something that sounds a bit panting for being too hot. I think this would benefit everyone.
Next week I'm going back to working part time for a while (until I run out of leave really), which could be exciting. I did a couple of days this week to try and get a feel for how it will go, and I forsee sleeping under my desk a fair bit. I figure doing 10-3 lets me get some work done, but means I'm not away from home and helping goldengrove
with stuff - mostly it'll only mean missing one feed.
The surge of newborns continues - our lovely osteo Megan had her second child and first little girl yesterday, and my cousin is being induced in the next week, another cousin's partner is due soon, and then impish
in early October (and that's not counting the ones we know already born this year). Soon we will have enough for a season of arena matches. FIGHT!Week 3 photos