New since my last post–my daughter Madeline Anne was born by cesarean on 27 January 2010. She’s two weeks old today. Here in Belgium surgical births are generally 5 days in hospital, which was a blessing, since the maternity ward team of ‘sage femmes’ (wise women–midwives) are there to teach mothers the basics of breastfeeding, diapering, bathing, and soothing a crying baby that in the past women would have learned just by growing up in an extended family.
I know you want photos, and by rights you should have them. But my usual laziness with the camera is here. I do feel guilty for not recording more moments of her newborn stage, but it’s more interesting for me to spend time with her than spend time with my camera and her, snapping photos, being detached as I think of how to shoot them. Pics will come. Later…
Madeline is a peach, a wonderful baby that her father and I love to bits. We are extraordinarily fortunate to have an ‘Angel’ baby. She almost never cries, full stop. Gotta say that the trend of ‘baby wearing’ has helped immeasurably in this. The sage femmes told me that the more contact she has with her parents or loved ones now int he first 6 weeks or so, the more confident, trusting, and independent whe will become. It totally works, because ever since we got the baby sling she stays progressively longer in her crib while I putz around the house. She’s in her pouch and snoozing on my lap now. Last night–EUREKA! She sleep after her midnight feed until 7 am this morning. Then I fed her, and still no cries at all. WOW. She’s been sleeping 5-6 hours overnight, but last night was really extraordinary. I feel *rested* this morning. Just had to blog about that!