Ga-ga is two weeks old. On Tuesday, he had gained 270g in 5 days - so even though we're having a little trouble feeding on the left side, he's obviously not missing out! He's a really lovely peaceful boy; I'm just loving getting to know him. He's started to do some great long stretches of sleep at night now - the other night he slept for 5 hours!
We have had the dreaded tummy bug strike us. Ugh, it's been pretty difficult! Curly first had it when Ga-ga was about 6 days old - and he was absolutely miserable and inconsolable. It took him a good 5 or 6 days to come really right, and then Big E came down with it on Sunday night. Thankfully, Big E's been much easier to nurse than Curly was! He's stayed home from school Monday and Tuesday, went to school yesterday and came home looking like a poor wilted plant, then promptly spewed up his afternoon tea into his dinner bowl. So he's home again today.
I love this photo. (It was taken before Big E had the bug!)
When I don't have children with a tummy bug, we have been spending our days with absolutely no pressure to go anywhere, just enjoying hanging out together. We've been incredibly blessed with a great support network - since Ga-ga's birth I haven't had to do a single school run or cook a meal, and I've only been out to places I chose to go to - church, Mum's place, and my great aunt's funeral. Big E goes to school, Posy and Curly potter about playing happily and Ga-ga and I find our groove feeding and cuddling, sometimes napping.
Ga-ga with his (L) Poppa (my Dad) and (R) Opa (Big Man's Dad).
Our evenings together after the big kids are in bed are lovely. I set myself up on the couch with everything I need for a few hours of feeding: a cheery fire, pillows, drink and a snack, burp cloth, nappies and wipes and a swaddle wrap. Later I hand him over to Big Man, who is The Master at getting Ga-ga sound asleep. It's incredible! I can't get him to fall asleep so quickly or deeply. I tidy up the lounge, set myself up for our night feeds - same as before but with the lights set really dim - then have a lovely long hot shower and slide into our most comfortable bed. I didn't realise just how uncomfortable I was at the end of pregnancy (thankful for a mostly positive attitude!) because my goodness! Our bed seems to have upped it's comfort levels since I last checked! Amazing. I think I fall asleep in about 2 seconds flat.
Once this tummy bug is gone (I'm predicting a proper return to school tomorrow - seems just about a box of birds today!) and we get back to our new normal --> 4 children! <-- life will be pretty sweet again I think. I really have been given some beautiful gifts in my family, my husband included! He has been 1000% amazing. So glad we're doing this together.
Oh, and renovations are back on track - the plasterer's been in this week and we'll hopefully get the laundry painted on the weekend - I need my washing machine back in action!!