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Thursday, December 07, 2006

And so it begins...

things have been wonderful here. Well sort of, in a very sleep deprived way. Nicholas is waking up every two to three hours at night to eat. That coupled with the exhaustion from surgery and having staples in my belly, I am running on empty most days. These are the sort of things that you forget about from one baby to the next. People always say that you forget about the pain of childbirth and all that follows, I guess they are right about that. Thankfully, Bob is still home with me through the end of next week.

I had hoped to get all of my Christmas cards written out during my stay in the hospital, but only got about 1/3 of them done. I still have to take the kids' picture to put in the cards, but cannot do this until we get our Christmas tree up. I am hoping that we will go out and get our tree tomorrow. The only bad part about this is that it is only supposed to be in the 30's tomorrow. We will have to judge as to whether or not we want to take the baby out.

Sophia as expected is going through some growing pains. She wants me a bit more now that she sees me taking care of Nicholas. Overall, she has been wonderful, but there is some points where she is bad just to be bad. Case in point, I had to go to my doctor's today to have staples removed and she wanted to walk back to the exam room with me, when I told her that she could not she had a major blow-out right in the middle of the doctor's waiting room. I only smiled and walked away. I know that I have many more of these days ahead. To be fair to her though, she has had a cold over the last week or so. We took her to see the doctor yesterday and she apparently has a virus that will just take time to get over.

I am breastfeeding and this is a source of questions for Sophia. She was thinking that the baby would be eating off of a spoon when I explained the whole biologicial happenings (on a three year level, of course) behind nursing, Sophia said, "You are a cow." Well I had to laugh at that. We had always told her that cows make milk, so I must be a cow.

We had to take Nicholas to the hospital to be weighed by the lactician consultant. He has been spitting up quite a bit and I felt that he was not gaining weight. Sure enough, he had not gained anything since we left the hospital and had lost a bit under an ounce. We took him to the hosptial on Tuesday and he went for his one week well-baby appointment with his pediatrician on Wednesday and from Tuesday to Wednesday he had gained two ounces, so hopefully, he has turned the bend. We are taking him to the hospital and to the doctor's office next Wednesday for follow-ups.

As far as the Diabetes goes, it is gone with Nicholas' birth. Thank God for that. I now just have to watch it. My doctor suggests having lab work done on a yearly basis. I actually hope to take better care of myself and work out. I have taken better care of myself in the past, but after Sophia was born, I found it to be something hard to do, but now, I feel like I have no choice. Nicholas was also watched when he was first born and he was also fine.

The one person who really seemed to be confused over all of the happenings at home is my dog. He missed me so much and now is confused a bit by the baby. He is very gentle with him and comes running when he hears him. He does not understand why he cannot sleep in our room right now. Once Nicholas moves into his bedroom (probably in three to four months), he can come back in at night. It is just that Vinny is so tall he can put his head right into the craddle and that makes me very nervous. I don't think Vinny is a threat, but I really need to make sure.

I want to thank all of you for your comments and good wishes from my last post. I feel sorry that I have left everybody hanging on for so long. Hopefully, I can get back into the swing of things real soon. For now pray for my patience.

I hope you are all well.

6 Comments:

Blogger Claire said...

I will be praying for you as your entire family gets used to the change in the house. Yay that the diabetes went away! Maybe you can use Nicholas as an exercise tool. Have you seen those exercises where the baby (after he can hold his head up, of couse) is like a weight? Seems neat to me.
LOVE Sophia's comment about the cows! It's so simple when you're little, isn't it!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

In England, people call each other cows all the time. I saw it on BBC America. It's all good. I love the word "lactician," by the way. It's just fun to say. Coolest Mom ever, as always. :)

11:27 AM  
Blogger Rev. Brandy said...

I laughed my ASS off at Sophia's matter-of-fact announcement, "You are a cow." Oh, my, God, how funny is she?? That is PRICELESS.

Thank you, as always, for the updates. They are the joy of my blog-rolling.

Love to you all.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Linda (and Bob and Sophia)
we heard the news so i had to find your blog and read about, what i assumed, you would write regarding Nicholas. I love his name, and wish you guys the very best!!!!
Love, Colleen (and James)

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Glad to hear everything is situation normal at your place. Sophia will get bored with competing for attention soon. Then you'll have the burden of finding the little minx! Merry Christmas to you and yours Linda!

6:01 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

I hope that your first Christmas with a family of four was blessed!

9:22 PM  

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