20 hours ago
30 August 2009
Phillip is already growing. He cries only when hungry and when his nose is suctioned out. I am completely amazed at the difference between Amelia as an infant and Phillip. He eats, burps (the hardest part), poops, gets a diaper change, stays awake for 10-20 minutes, gets swaddled, popped into the cradle, and boom he is out. Even the night is awesome. His last regular feeding starts at 10:30 then he wakes me up with quiet snuffling around 3 am, feeds, and is out like a light until about 6:30. I can stretch his awake hour for 30-40 minutes with his binky. Goodness gracious...he is a miracle after Amelia. I am in love with his natural baby smell: a mix of soft powder and fresh milk. His skin is so clear and radiant. He makes the funniest little grunts and pulls amazing faces. The first diaper change in the hospital he ended up peeing all over his face. I about died laughing at the grimace of complete shock on his tiny face. Since then he's peed on himself and us more than a couple times. The pee-pee teepees help but he still throws us surprises! He is a bit jaundiced so we try to sunbathe him as often as possible. Now that he is nursing normally his biliruben levels should drop. I am grateful that my Dr was not worried...he expects jaundice in breast fed babies. No running to the Dr every day for a week and tanning beds is so awesome.
Justin is so fun to watch. He croons, "my booooy!" over and over at every chance. I am so glad that my pride did not overcome me when we named him. Every time he calls our baby Phillip a look of utter joy and satisfaction crosses his face. I can't even bring myself to call the baby Anson. I am so willing to let it all go witnessing Justin's joy. I don't even care about the camera...throw that selfish desire to the wind.
Me...I am doing alright. The privations of having a baby by forceps are numerous. I won't list my battle scars but will mention that it will take a lot longer to recover than I anticipated. Sitting down in any form almost makes me pass out! The headaches are pretty manageable and should disappear next week after my spinal fluid reaches a normal level. The Dr asked me to drink a lot of caffeinated soda to help rebuild my spinal fluid. I don't ever want another Mt Dew...even coke is starting to become boring. I really just want to sleep but the caffeine keeps me awake...sleep or headache? Hard choice! Well, that is enough about me. Enjoy some pictures of little Phillip!!
PS: check out my web album for more pics of the past few days at www.picasaweb.google.com/jollijenni3
Posted by Jenni Call at 12:17 PM