Wednesday, December 13, 2006

end of the baby-cation!

I can't believe it's been a month since I've posted. I'm sure you can't believe it either, dear loyal blog readers, all two of you. At the end of the last post, I wrote how I was a little nervous about D going back to work. So far, it's going pretty well. I'm figuring out how to shower, feed myself, and get errands and work done while taking care of the baby. There are definitely challenges (like being on a conference call with P screaming, or dealing with poopsplosions). But not insurmountable.

Anyhoo-- baby rearing has been an amazing experience. D and I learn new things about Paloma every day. And she learns something new about herself and the world every second.

She's just six weeks old, and in the past week she's learned that she can bat around her toys to make them rattle, swing, etc. And she's got great head control! Check out the photo.

Can you imagine sleeping 18 hours a day, but in two and three hour chunks? (Yikes- I hate the word "chunks." Why did I say "chunks?" Ick.) Yeah, I can't either, because I'm sleeping for two three hour blocks a night, or thereabouts, and not at all during the day.

I know, I know- sleep when the baby sleeps. But who can really do that *and* get stuff done? But fortunately somehow there's some hormone or chemical that kicks in and helps me not feel totally exhausted. And when I'm facing the toughest feeding (interestingly, not 3:30 am but 7:00 am), I look at P's face and feel so lucky to be able to nurse her and to parent her.

Nursing is going pretty well. Some days are more sore than others, but I think we're getting it nicely on the whole. Speaking of nursing-- in the incredibly sad story about James Kim getting lost in the snow, did anyone else find it inspiring/comforting that Kati Kim was able to keep both her 4 year old and 7 month old alive by nursing them? I was in awe of what mamas can do and what she did do.

Have you checked out MOMSRISING yet? It's growing by leaps and bounds- an incredibly well-organized, motivated grassroots organization whose time has come (given the new Democratic leadership).

Baby's about to wake up from her nap-- parenthood makes me do things in nap-speed!