After a restful 2-day 'staycation' at the hospital, and having just about survived a weekend as first-time parents of 2 (what were we thinking?!😵), baby Nathan is now 6 days old 👶🏻
Baby Nae, now graduated to JiejieN, has taken to babyN pretty well. She's curious and warm towards him, while babyN is still oblivious to her existence 😂
Pretty surreal how babyN looks so much like JiejieN when she was a newborn. Didnt quite realise it at birth, but since then there has been some noticeable traits (like their preference to arch their back until their head hangs over my cradlehold) and physical features that are distinctively 'from the same factory' ❤️ Well, maybe it's especially so since babyN has been wearing hand-me-downs 😛
The birth story
Whoever said #2 will be 'too fast too furious' – it only applied somewhat for me.
At 40w5d, BabyN was still comfortably within me. Even after i was induced, it still took a total of 7h, of which i was in immense contraction pains for 3h (per min intervals of contractions in the 70-100 range is seriously no f*ing fun), for the waterbag to literally 'pop!' and for him to slide right outta me after 20min.
The gynae couldn't even make it back in time to catch him – the midwife was desperately trying to make me wait by asking me to close my legs. Sorry lady, this baby needs to get outta me NOW so i stop feeling the PAIN!
So bright and sunny on Wednesday morning, i popped.
This experience was nothing like what i went through for JiejieN. She was out at 39w, i had (comparatively) bearable contractions, but my body took its time to recover. A traumatic first time experience, my body was shaking tremendously right after delivery. I was in pain and couldn't bear to stand and walk around, let alone sit.
Miraculously, for what all the pain during the delivery process was worth, i recovered very well this time around. Stand? Walk? Pee? – Sure. Painkillers? – no need for that. Even the gynae was surprised, haha.
Fast forward 6d postpartum
I'm enjoying the ability to eat normally again – my appetite, and hence diet, was bleh throughout pregnancy.
Trying to get the hang of breastfeeding and, worse, night feeds 😵
Constantly reminding myself not to overlook my firstborn, to keep my patience in check, and most importantly try to keep things as much of a status quo as possible. Honestly though, she has recently displayed behaviour that shows just how much she has grown. Sigh.
My sleep debt has multiplied 3-folds, i'm dozing off every chance i get (that's why this entry took 6 days to be completed). babyN is nocturnal. He sleeps well on his own in the day but come nightfall, he cluster-feeds and needs to be cradled. So family and friends, sorry i gotta be MIA for a bit as i find back a routine and try to tank up on sleep even as it gets depleted quickly.
Will do a 1 month report card to see if we are still surviving.
Signing off as a fam of 4!