In the birth center, two and half hours after birth
5.30 am, we are already at home! Liisa is sleeping and we are about to
eat. I am starving!
Liisa from the angle I see her
First day of life, 7 pm. We get to change her diaper. Of course it had
been on crooked and she made all her clother wet too. So we got to
change clothes as well. And this left her toes out in the plain view.
David is fascinated by them and takes several pictures.
Second day of life, 12.30 pm. WE have just given Liisa her first sponge
bath. She was covered in blood when she was born and wwe decide it is
time to get all that dried stuff off her crevices.
Second day of life, 9.30 pm. She is so small and yet when I hold her
she feels quite heavy. But my shoulders are still sore from the labor.
Liisa is 3 days old! She was making faces at David but of course as
soon as he tried to capture them with the camera she stopped.
Liisa spends most of her time in our arms, whether asleep or awake.
We need some stuff from the grocery store and I can´t explain to
David exactly what it is, so we have our first outing. David carries
Liisa in a sling. She is still only 3 days old.
4 days old. She is so small that most of our diaper covers are just
huge on her. This means that we can use just a few of them and at one
point we ran out. So we put a wool soaker on her. The soaker is meant
for quite a bit bigger baby. Anyway, what I am trying to say is that
all this talk about coordinating your baby´s clothes, well, it is
a big bunch of crap :)
4th day. Who do you think is more tired?
David carries her in a sling and cooks a delicious frozen meal for us.
Actually this is only the second time that we eat convenience food. On
the first day at home David bought a few packages of frozen meals and
so this is what we get to eat.
5 days old.
In the evening I get to feel the hormonal imbalance for the first time.
One of my breasts is huge and just keeps leaking, it drips so that it
soaks my breast pad, bra, shirt, my skirt, five or six wipes and dots
even the floor with milk. Of course this happens at the time that David
is out, He went to the store to get some bread and a movie and was gone
15 minutes at most. All of the sudden I just feel like crying. As he
comes back my tears just start running. At this moment I can understand
what baby blues or postpartum depression is. But I don´t have it.
After about five to ten minutes of this, a hug and a big teaspoon of
honey (sweet stuff calms you!) later I am completely fine again and
can´t understand why on earth I got so out of myself. Anyway,
then I go to take a shower and David has Liisa in a sling again. This
position worked for them the day before but today she just keeps
looking uncomfortable. Somehow they manage though and I take a nice
long shower to get all the sticky milk off me.
Day 6. Today I am already more willing to put her on the sofa next to
me when she sleeps. She takes a nice long nap, about an hour and a
half, and I get all of our dishes done. Since neither of us likes doing
dishes they were a bit piled up before I went to labor.