Micah is two weeks and one day old today…his life has just begun but already he has turned our little world upside down! For the most part, our lives have changed for the better and we love to just stare at our little son with wonder and amazement at such a perfect creation! His many faces (the mad face, pouty face, gas smiles, etc) provide us with endless entertainment and his soft baby skin is routinely showered with kisses!
I think the cutest moments are when I see Micah all bundled up at night in his favorite soft blue blanket and lying snugly in the crook of Rick’s arm for his seven hour or longer siesta (yup, we turn parents green with envy!) How worried I was about getting his cute little bassinet all ready for him and now, after only a few nights, it has become apparent to us he prefers to lie warm and cozy with mom and dad. Though it may well be difficult to wean him of this habit, for now we find no reason to deprive him of his obvious desire to be near us! It’s more convenient for feeding as well!
Now, not everything is delightful and romantic…I’ve been very blessed to have quite an easy time figuring out the intricacies of breastfeeding but Micah on the other hand does not always choose to cooperate! He has a habit of falling asleep frequently during feedings despite my many attempts to keep him awake and tends to snack more than guzzle it all down which means he is ALWAYS hungry!!!! A breast feeding mother truly has very little time to do anything else but sit with her child latched to her it seems! To complicate matters, our little guy has failed to meet his birth weight (7 pds/4 oz) at this point which is a constant stress on me as well and with his feeding habits as they are, I fear he will still fall below at his next weight check on Monday. The pediatrician seems calm at this point but I’m guessing may suggest some alternatives such as supplementing with formula if Micah has still not gained in two days.
Oh, the worries a mother inevitably endures…taking care of another life, one so small and helpless, seems like the most daunting of tasks at this point! In a few months, I may feel like a pro but for now, needless to say, I’m a complete novice with much to learn!