Monday, February 04, 2008

Day 2 of Parenthood


We took advantage of a happy, sleeping Donovan after coming home from the pediatrician's office to take our first family picture. Notice we even got Sierra into it. She's been doing quite well with the baby, by the way. She was pretty wide-eyed and cautiously curious yesterday after we came home. She's seeming a bit more relaxed now, she'll come up to him and sniff close to him but doesn't show any signs of aggression or much distress, really. She did jump about a mile in the air earlier today when she was sniffing his foot and he moved. She did also decide last night that Donovan's car seat would be her new favorite napping spot. We had it up in our room, and I guess she figured that Donovan had taken over her bed, so she might as well take over his car seat.

The rest of us are doing well. Donovan's been pretty calm and easy so far. He's spared us any really ear-piercing wails so far (I'm sure those will come with time) and when he does cry it's actually pretty cute b/c his bottom lip quivers really fast. He and I are working on the whole breastfeeding thing, we've made significant progress just in the past day and a half, though he's still having a bit of trouble opening his mouth wide enough to latch on well, and he also does this thing where he sucks on his own top lip and tongue which is absolutely adorable to watch, but can be frustrating when he's supposed to be sucking on my nipple.

I need to write out a post of the labor story, and I'll do that soon, but for now I'll just say that the birthing center experience was lovely, I'm not sure I could have managed an un-medicated birth in another setting. It was so nice to be able to move around and have space and options and use the tub. It was also really great to have mom and Zach there to help me out. I have to say, though, I'm not exactly looking forward to doing that again anytime soon...

12 comments:

  1. Unmedicated?! You rock girl!

    Your family looks so adorable! I love helping out my breastfeeding friends so feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you have any questions! Good luck!

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  2. awww Great Photo =) normally I wouldn't want to hear a labor story but I would love to hear about your experience.

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  3. *wamr fuzzies*

    :)

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  4. Please post the unmedicated account. I had a crappy medicated experience (small-town hospitals and doctors in Texas are allowed a lower standard than big-city hospitals and doctors - such a backward state, I tell ya).

    I'm with Sarita on giving nursing advice and don't forget to USE THE LANOLIN!!! Ryan had lots of trouble latching for two whole months, so if ya'll figure it out faster, you're in for a happier experience. Sometimes if I were too full, I would pump first to make it easier for her to latch.

    I still think infant cries are so quietly cute compared to toddler and now 4yr old cries. They get so much louder as their lung capacity increases.

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  5. wow, you do rock! and you look lovely too, I might add.

    good luck w/ the BFing--it does get easier!

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  6. Lacey Jane2:36 PM

    you're SO. INCREDIBLE. MARCY!

    and awwww look how happy zach looks. what a perf. family picture.

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  7. you look really good - didn't look like you just deliver the day before :)
    bf-ing will get better - I promise!
    email me anytime if you have any question.
    Wow - no drugs!!! awesome - I want to hear all about it!

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  8. wherelavaandtheseameet4:52 PM

    OH My GOSHhhH! Congratulations!! it's so wonderffulll.

    dang, unmedicated... you are so strong.

    i love how sierra jumped in the air when the baby moved. i can see my cat doing something very similar.

    awesome! have a blast spending time with your new baby and happy husband.

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  9. such a cute family photo!

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  10. You all look wonderful! I can't believe you've just given birth.

    Ditto on the BF help. It can be really challenging at first, esp. at 3am, so don't hesitate to email (cjrohr31@fastmail.fm) if you have a question or need to commiserate. I lived on Kellymom.com and misc.kids.breastfeeding those first months. (The former can get a bit preachy, but has useful info) It's supposed to be the most natural thing in the world, but it's not! We're at 19 months and DD has no desire to stop.

    Can't wait to hear your birth story! I also did unmedicated (homebirth, sort of) and I wouldn't change that aspect at all.

    Welcome to little Donovan. Congratulations Mom!

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