Irene’s Baby Journal week 3.
One of the things I love the most about babies’ first few days is their crossed eyes.
You realize babies are perfect but you also recognize how every day they’re learning so much as they suck in every single thing they experience.
Everything in their little bodies is brand new. All the organs, including the heart, lungs, and kidneys, are working at 100%. However, babies’ eyes are a bit different.
They don’t need precise focus every single moment and it is, for me, one of the most joyful things about babies. It lasts only a couple of weeks but their eyes, when they’re not being used, switch off and wander about, each in its own direction.
Baby Journal – Feeding
Feeding is going well. It’s still uncomfortable but it’s working for us.
At night times we’ve found what is best for us. We have a mosquito device that has a blue light and it hasn’t really proved to kill a single mosquito yet. The light is perfect for one thing: it can stay on the whole night and allows us to sleep without minding it.
When Lúa starts to wake up, I turn towards her and place my nipple close to her mouth so she can grab it without fully waking up.
We co-sleep. It’s so much easier. Babies are not prepared to be more than a few centimeters away from their mothers. Sleeping next to your babies and attending to their needs as promptly as you can allows both of you to rest as much as possible.
Did you know that, when we breastfeed, our body produces a hormone that makes us very sleepy? That means the moment everything is sorted we fall back asleep in no time.
At the same time, the same hormone wakes us up immediately when our baby makes the tiniest sound.
Aren’t we just perfect? A hormone that helps us rest, when we’ve just had a baby.
Lúa was only a couple of weeks old when we needed to take her on a 4-hour bus trip to Merida to buy a car. The one we had broke down and we were told that in Cancun, second-hand cars are overpriced and we should buy them in another big city.
So there we were, desperately needing a car and, at the same time, like the traveling family we are, just doing what we’re called to do: getting ourselves a car. She spent the whole ride sleeping in the baby carrier. At the end of the day, she was a member of our family – our traveling family.
One of the nights we spent in Merida, I was changing her nappy when she did a poo. I just had time to move out of the way. It landed on the floor several meters away. I had forgotten about that.
You think there are things you never forget. Who would have thought flying poop was one of them? I remember the poop traveling up baby’s back and soiling everything but not this. Have you ever experienced a flying poop propelled several meters away?
This week also, we showered for the first time with Lúa, and she absolutely loved it. One of the advantages of the Caribbean climate is that it is warm enough to be naked, wet, and comfortable.
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