Tuesday 3 July 2007

week deux

Yes, yes - I will complete my birth story, I promise. It's already pages long and I haven't even reached the active labour bit yet. At this rate, it'll take longer to read about my labour than it actually lasted.

Speaking of which, it's very odd to think that I gave birth only two weeks ago. In a way, it feels like it's been ages since I was pregnant. Oddly, I'm not missing pregnancy as much as I did after I had Jack. This is probably because by the time I had Mia, I had been pregnant for almost 11 months with a 19 day "break." I spent much of my pregnancy with Mia petrified that something would go wrong, and I honestly don't want to go through that again. I did enjoy the last trimester, though (apart from the evil bum thingy incident.) Going off work early was the best idea I've had in ages, and all the complimentary therapies worked wonders. My rings stayed on until the last two weeks (and went back on 3 days postpartum), and I completely avoided Hobbit feet. Go me!

Mia is doing splendidly, her little cheeks rounding out and her big slate blue eyes stare at me intently. I still can't work out who she looks like, although I think she has Jack's nose. She feeds every 3-4 hours for 10-20 minutes each time, and promptly falls asleep after each feed. This means I get 2-3 hour stretches of sleep most nights, oh yes. Non-mummies will think I'm insane, mummies will know exactly how thrilling it is to get "that much" sleep. Paul takes care of Jack in the mornings, allowing me to steal another hour or two after they both get up. I feel almost human, although I'm still wilting by suppertime.

The novelty of a little sister has not worn off yet, and Jack still wants to hold and cuddle Mia every chance he can get. When it's time to go to nursery, Paul will say "Say goodbye to mummy" at which point Jack will run up to Mia's basket and say "Bye bye Mia!" and run out the door. Indeed.

The other day while I was feeding Mia, Jack brought her a racing car. He then brought several more toys for her to play with, saying "Here you go, Mia!" each time. By the time I was done feeding her, she looked like this:

I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this phase while it lasts.

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