Baby Alice with Mommy's Puffy Feet
So far life with baby Alice is awesome! People kept saying you couldn't have two chilled-out babies. Apparently, if one was easy (big eater and sleeper), then there was no way you would be blessed with that sort of temperament again.
If what they say is true, then I suppose my response would be (now that she has arrived and we've gone through our first week together), there are exceptions to every rule.
Bracing myself for what may have been the complete opposite of Dexter's infant days, I kept reminding my pregnant-self that both of the kids would be different, anyway. So it's stupid to expect any one thing... since your baby is just going to be who she is.
Imagine my delight upon discovering that Alice is RAD. She nurses like a champ, and then sleeps like a log. She wakes up and sort of wiggles around, which is a sign for mama to come and change her diaper. And then she sort of smacks her lips like a milk-zombie to notify me that it's time to have snacks. Lots and lots of snacks. Anybody who sees me over this summer should not be surprised to see me nursing much of the time.
So far my recovery has been good! Though, I shudder to think about what postpardum is like for anybody who wasn't active and mobile to begin with. My pelvis feels like a giant bruise, which results in me making old-lady noises whenever I am getting up or sitting down. Luckily, Alice passes out for several hours at a time during the night, so I've been treated to 2-3 nights of decent sleep in a row, which is a big bonus. More sleep = feeling much better much sooner.
The bungalow is currently host to some really beautiful flowers sent by very sweet people.
And, I've had lots of friends bring treats and meals for us. We have received slow-cooker pot roast, salads, home-made chicken noodle soup... and on Friday, Leisha and Jason brought us Sunterra burgers via bike!
Now that I know about this burger pack thing you can pre-order at Sunterra, I think I am going to have to spend more Friday nights doing this!
The weekend featured our first City Market of the season. It's now year-round, but I am usually teaching on Saturdays and don't get the opportunity to go, so I am only free to partake in the market during its outdoor season. It was actually really cold, but we warmed up with street waffles and ran into lots of people excited to see our newly expanded family.
Otherwise, we've been taking it pretty easy!
We're spending this time getting rest, doing things around the house, and helping Dexter with his new role of big brother. He is really sweet and loves to kiss the baby, and always thinks about her in the day to day stuff. For example, he says things like, "It's time for baby Alice to eat breakfast!" and stuff like that. Super sweet. Though, he is displaying some attention-seeking behaviour which is understandable, but requires everybody's patience. I am just happy that our little D isn't acting mean or aggressively towards the baby, if anything, his stalling tactics are sort of cute. He just wants to spend time with mommy and daddy.
And there is my little family in the first week of Alice's arrival. She is still looking pretty squishy, sleepy, and baby-like, but her features will start to take shape soon. I can't wait to see her with her eyes open more often!