This is a photo of Ethan. I believe this was taken a day after he was born.
Not for me… at least not as much. Ethan has four teeth coming out. It’s been difficult trying to get him to take a nap as he is seemingly in a lot of pain. I’m only typing this now because he’s finally sleeping quietly. Poor kid.
Has it been more than a week already? Ethan Alan Neal was born last Wednesday at 7:35am. Yesterday was his one-week birthday. At one week, he has definitely gained weight and the times that he is awake are a little longer.
Nursing is less sporadic and more predictable, so it won’t be long before I’ll be able to tackle the thank-you notes for the baby shower. I still have some down time as I was told by the midwife to still avoid lifting heavy objects… meaning moving and sorting boxes and tubs are still out of the question. We’ll see after my postnatal appointment next week.
I had used the gift cards and cash to purchase a stroller for the baby. It came bundled with a car seat that fits into the stroller so that the baby can sit comfortably. I wish we kept it here.
Because of all of the stuff that’s taking up space in the living room and the fact that we thought that I would be living in the camper by now, we took the stroller there. A few times today, I could have gone for a walk with the baby, but didn’t. The “Snugli” that I own works okay, but a bit cumbersome, especially if I decide to take a walk to the store.
For some reason, the internet in the spare room is quite flakey. I’m not sure why, but at first, I thought it was the wire shelving acting as a faraday cage but, no, the internet works quite well during the day, the time when I don’t have my hands free. I probably won’t get the chance to figure it out as we’ll probably move out by the time I can start trying.
That said, I still plan to post more often now that I have mastered the art of breastfeeding for the sixth time. Now I just need to master the art of mastering doing things with one hand while feeding the baby, including blogging, brushing my teeth, talking on the phone, and housework. At least Benjamin is old enough that I don’t have to learn the art of feeding the baby while talking on the phone, doing dishes and balancing on one leg to keep the toddler from diving headfirst into the garbage.
I’ve always been extremely independent. I’ve always prepared for the worse (and hoped for the best, of course) and if I couldn’t get it on my own, I just did without or offer a trade for something i cannot “do without”. It’s not that I don’t accept gifts (I do appreciate them when they are given), it’s just that I simply don’t ask for any without having something to give in return. Personal preference.
It’s also why I don’t usually use registries. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think less of anyone who signs up to these as I can also see the convenience in using this. As a matter of fact, when other people have an event, I’m probably the first to check the registry (if I have money to spare). It does save a lot of calling and annoyances for the people on the giving end and ending up with 20 toasters at a wedding or mounds of baby clothes that only half get worn at least once.
My sister called me today followed by my mother who insisted that I should have a registry, mainly because they don’t know what to tell people who call them. Of course, the only things that I have mentioned that I wanted is what my sister had to offer, as she was getting rid of her baby stuff.
Considering that I do have family all over the US, perhaps having a registry is a good idea. So I picked out two registries: Amazon.com and Baby “R” Us. I put some things in it that I mostly need. Although the only items that are an absolute must have are the stroller, car seat and of course, receiving blankets. With all five kids, I found that you can never have enough receiving blankets as there are a ton of uses.
If anyone is considering getting something other than what is listed, think small and portable. I won’t get into too many details at the moment, but since my husband no longer has a steady paycheck, we are now considering other options.