Today makes 6 weeks since Elijah was born, and I feel a strong need to blog about it. Not that there's a whole lot to say (although I always find something to say...) but because it feels like a big milestone, and I want to take note of it.
I was told by a number of people that things would start to feel normal and routine by 6 weeks, so I've been waiting for this date in my mind. As with birthdays, I don't feel a big tangible difference between today and yesterday. That leads me to think that things started to feel normal-ish a week ago or so, but who knows, maybe things will be so different a week from now that, in hindsight, this really IS the turning point and I just don't know it yet.
I do feel like I'm waking up to the world though. I feel pretty functional in terms of being out in public with Elijah, although the novelty of being out with a stroller with a baby in it still hasn't worn off. I'm able to breastfeed pretty much anywhere now, and I'm grateful for the consideration of people around me when I do. Matthew and I went to a restaurant the other day and we were only mildly inconvenienced by waiting an extra 5 minutes for our table so that we could have a booth instead of a table with chairs, and when I was at the hospital for Eli's u/s last week I asked how much longer the wait would be as I needed to feed him, and the lady offered me a changeroom to feed him in rather than the waiting room, which I totally would have done. It was nice.
I'm also functional at home. I've figured out that if I want to make dinner I need to do it in steps throughout the day, and I don't mind taking a gamble and showering when no-one else is around to look after the baby.
The house is pretty tidy, although it'd feel cleaner if Pippin would stop taking Merry's poop out of the litterbox and leaving it on the middle of the living room carpet. I can't stand the gravel.
I think these feelings of goodness and normality come in part because of the nice weather we've been having. Yesterday the temperature hit the double digits (in celsius) and I was elated. Today it's one or two degrees warmer than that and all I want to do is be outside. I think that's the nice thing about having Elijah in January. February absolutely flew by and now it's almost the middle of March, and the warm weather has already begun. I was able to hibernate my way through winter and not be exposed too much to the chilly temperatures and icy pathways.
Soon it'll be bikeriding weather, and Matt and I are trying to find a way to still use our bikes with a little baby in tow (perhaps literally.) Any suggestions?
As for physical recovery, I'm doing well. I got the go-ahead to workout, so I've been on the treadmill once, just walking though. My muscles still feel shot but walking will help with that.
Elijah is doing well too. He's now 11 1/2 lb's, and 24 inches. He's grown out of his newborn sleepers and is almost out of some 0-3 months sleepers as well due to his length. He's long and thin, so it's a little hard to find the right size for him sometimes.
We don't have the results from the ultrasounds last week, but the bumps on his head are gone which is nice because he doesn't look so alien! His head actually has a really nice shape. I'm going to post a post that is just pictures and videos in the next day or two, so that you can see how much he's grown and filled out over the last few weeks. Also, we had a photographer come by today and take a bunch of traditional photos of him, so I'm looking forward to seeing those in a couple weeks.
Time feels like it is flying by. Part of me feels like it was just yesterday when we could count how old he is on one hand, and then part of me realizes that in two weeks he'll nearly be 2 months old, with a new cousin soon here. He'll still be so young, but he won't look so little next to another newborn! Especially when the newborn is a girl, and girls are typically smaller than boys.
In the world of non-baby updates, I read 3 of the greatest books over the last few weeks. Yes, I amazingly find time to read. It's so refreshing wanting to read now, because for the longest time I didn't feel like reading at all, which was very strange for me.
Anyway, these books are just about my favourite ever. At least of their genre anyway. The series is called Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson, and we discovered them through a slight mistake on Matt's mum's part. See, Matt's brother, Joel, sent two books home for Christmas gifts for Matt and Aaron, and mum got the books mixed up, so Matt got the one intended for Aaron. He read the book, LOVED IT, and then passed it on to Aaron, who it was meant for anyway. Aaron read it, Rachelle read it, and then, after hearing all the cool and amazing things about this book, we got it back and I read it. I was hooked. I mean, there were days these last few weeks where ALL I did was get up, feed Elijah, eat, read, feed Elijah, read while feeding Elijah, eat, read, feed Elijah, read some more, repeat this cycle another 5 times, and go to bed. Only to do it again the next day. I even was so hooked that once, while feeding Elijah at 3:30 in the morning, I kept reading after he was done, lost track of time, and finally thought, "Holly, don't be an idiot. Your newborn baby is sleeping on your lap, it's the middle of the night, and you're up reading a book? What time is it anyway...." and it turned out to be 5:30am. I went to bed, Eli started fussing at 6am, he fussed for an hour, I fed him at 7am, and Matt took Eli to let me sleep some more at 7:30. So I'd been up for 4 hours, just to read. Sometimes I amaze myself with my sheer idiocy! It was kinda worth it though.
So anyway, I would recommend the books. Very highly. The first one is called Mistborn, the second on is called The Well of Ascension, and the third one is called The Hero of Ages. I don't really know what to tell you about it. Let's see. The world is in a rough state, there is this big bad ruler who oppresses the majority of the population, and there is a group of people who object his rule. Also, they can do cool things with metals that is akin to magic, but isn't. It's a very revolutionary system.
Anyway, I can't write more because my little boy is looking at me while crying and it's breaking my heart, so I'm going to go feed him and then figure out dinner.
Check tonight or tomorrow for those pictures and videos!