One Week Old

Today my precious little sausage is one week old and to be honest, I’m still coming to terms with how fast our lives changed. One day we were a childless, infertile couple, organizing and planning a Christmas with family. The next we were a family of three.

So far though, its pretty much all been good. Ava is a very good little baby, her tummy mummy must have been super relaxed because she’s very relaxed. Without too much effort we’ve slipped into a rather comfortable routine, I call it 2-10-6 because my life currently revolves around those numbers as that is her sleeping/eating routine, 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm, 2am and so we go. For the parents of a new born, I’d say we’re faring pretty well and averaging around 7 hours of sleep at night, split into two x 3.5 hour sessions. Ava usually plops off to sleep just after 10pm and if I don’t set my alarm for her 2am feed, she sleeps right through it. A very good little sausage indeed. We’ve had 3 very bad nights out of 7. Two were on account of her jaundice and one was last night due to severe stomach cramps. She literally screamed for almost 3 hours straight and it did not matter what we did, we could not console the little sausage. Of course today I’m wiser and after a visit to my pharmacy and a long discussions with the pharmacist, I’m now armed with Buscopan syrup should she get those dreadful craps again.

We’re all still trying to get used to our new lives and our new routines, but so far its going well. W is a star, Ava could not have asked for a more patient hands on Dad. He helps with everything and is especially good with her during the difficult times when her tummy hurts or when she was jaundiced. He has taken full responsibility for bottle duty, always ensuring she has a supply of clean and sterilized bottles. He also helps with the nappies and with some of the feeds.

We’re thankful to be in a position financially to be thrust into parenthood so suddenly because seriously, baby things are expensive.  I suppose the expense is magnified by the fact that we’ve had to buy in the space of a week what most expectant and new parents buy over a period of months.

I don’t have as much time to blog as I used to but I’m working on a posting called – Things My Mother Told Me I Never Believed and will update you all again soon.

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  • Reply Hayley

    I have been wondering how things are going!

    Glad that you are all settling in nicely.

    December 20, 2009 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Elana Kahn

    Wow, I can’t believe she’s a week old already!!! And such a blessing to have such a good baby. 🙂 Something had to come easy, right?

    December 20, 2009 at 6:55 pm
  • Reply Jo

    I am so thrilled to hear that everyone is settling in and that new parenthood is everything you ever dreamed it would be.


    December 20, 2009 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Joni

    Yay!!! I am soo soo glad you’re all settling into a nice routine!! She sounds like a real little angel!!! Can’t wait to meet her!! It really does help having a hands on Daddy!!!

    December 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply jan

    Im just so happy for you all – what a wonderful amazing christmas miracle! Ava sounds and looks absolutely stunning – how prescious you all look together!

    December 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Cruella Deville

    Hats off to angelprincess’ handson dad! It is the best gift a husband can give his wife: to be fully involved with baby. That’s true love i.m.h.o.

    December 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Miss Ava sounds like a perfectly wonderful baby! I am so happy for you.

    December 21, 2009 at 5:59 am
  • Reply K

    Yay yay yay – so so very happy for you all xxx

    December 21, 2009 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Invivo

    Sounds like you two are naturals!

    Please keep notes of all those must-haves, I’ll be stocking up in Feb/Mch and need all the help I can get.


    December 21, 2009 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Abs

    Glad things are settling down so easily Shaz. I knew you and W would be naturals at this parenting thing! x x x

    December 21, 2009 at 7:47 am
  • Reply Julia

    So happy that all seems to be going well. She sounds like a sweet little princess.
    Buscopan is really good. If she really struggles with crampiness and it seems like the Buscopan is not helping then you could try going to a Chiro as well.
    All the best..xx

    December 21, 2009 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Mash

    There’s nothing quite like a four week pregnancy! I think you will only really realise in a few years how huge this thing was. In October you were recovering from the emotional grief brought on by a miscarriage and not even two months later you are a fully fledged mom! It’s the stuff movies are made of. It’s lovely to read about it, keep us posted. xxx

    December 21, 2009 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Hela

    So good to hear you are in a nice routine. And that you have such a relaxed baby. (just remember, she’s only as relaxed as you are…give credit to yourself as well)And it’s good to read that you and W are patient and settling in.

    I would second Julia’s suggestion of a Chiro if the Buscopan doesn’t help. I took my little one to the Chiro at 2 weeks because he woke up with cramps and struggled to wind. Now it’s just dealing with his little bit of reflux.

    December 21, 2009 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Lea White

    Thanks for the update. Have been wondering how things were going. Bianca went through a crampy period too, but before you know it things will settle nicely. Wow, 1 week already!

    December 21, 2009 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Susan

    Love your updates. Babies don’t come with a book of instructions but you both are doing wonderfully considering you were thrust in so quickly. It gets easier as time goes on.

    December 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Quiet Dreams

    I love this. I can’t believe it’s already been a week (more, now).

    December 22, 2009 at 5:29 am
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