Hard to believe, but Aloni is 10 days old already – and what a first 10 days it has been! Full of awe and wonder and amazement…definitely on our parts. We assume Alon is drinking in the world as well – but primarily he is drinking in the milk.
Lots to say about the last 10 days, but it’s hard to know where to start. So, without further ado, here are 10 of the new experiences we’ve had since 10:10am on 11|11|11:
1. Coming home! We got out of the hospital on Alon’s due date, 11/14 [as you may have already read], and took the short stroll down the hill from the hospital to our home (all in all, it took a little longer than the walk up to the hospital on Friday for Aloni’s birth, but not too much). While being released from the hospital and the round-the-clock presence and comfort of the nurses [and their advice] made us a little bit nervous, we were thrilled to be back in our own house and to introduce Aloni to his home.
2. Infant diarrhea = sleepless night. Enough said…
3. 2am call to the pediatrician [due to said diarrhea, and more specifically, our seeming inability to calm Alon]- not my finest moment as a mom, and I felt especially bad when Neil told me how sleepy and out of it the pediatrician sounded. Dr. Z, if you are reading this, I apologize. But, I suspect I am not the first parent of a week-old baby to call the pediatrician in the middle of the night for something that is apparently quite normal and nothing to be worried about. [edited to add: apparently this was a bigger deal for the pediatrician than I anticipated – upon our arrival at his office today and my in-person apology for the sleep interruption, he reminded me to the minute at what time I called. Oh well…]
4. Gaggles of giddy visitors. Well, maybe not that many. But 3 generations of family members came over to admire the newest member of the clan. Here is Alon surrounded by admiring women:
5. Breastfeeding, part i. Holy moley. Have you ever heard of cluster feeding? Alon ate, almost without pause, from 9:30am-1pm today. Everyone talks about not doing much the first few weeks other than feeding newborns, but I barely had time to drink a glass of water!
6. Breastfeeding, part ii. There is a whole industry devoted to the female breast – an industry that I knew almost nothing about prior to Alon’s birth. Creams and shields and pumps and consultants…craziness. Is any other single part of the human anatomy the focus of so much attention? [R-rated attention aside].
7. The 2 hour cycle. So here is our schedule for the day: feed [Alon], diaper change, get Alon back to sleep…and repeat starting about an hour later. We’ve been lucky to have a few longer periods of sleep at night (an hour and a half – 2 hours), but that’s pretty much the way the day goes, morning noon and night. The most amazing part is how quickly we seem to have adjusted to the cycle – not that either of us feels caught up on sleep by any means, but we’re functioning. Somehow.
8. Partnership. I don’t know exactly how he feels about it, but I definitely could not have made it through the last 10 days without Neil. We’ve always had a strong partnership, so in that sense this is not a new experience…but True IsGolia adds a whole new meaning and dimension to this relationship. I am very, very thankful.
9. Re-examining the world. We’ve taken a few walks with Alon, and while he’s slept through most of our time outside, it is still a whole new experience to see the world through the eyes of parents introducing their child to all that the great outdoors (and indoors) have to offer. We can’t wait until he is a little more alert and able to drink it in with the curiosity he is already showing.
And finally, this week’s top new experience…
10. Open eyes! After several days of occasional squinting, Alon definitely has started to examine the world around him. See for yourself:
Alright. Maybe this was a top 10 from my perspective – Neil and Alon might have other things to say. But for now, it’s a window into the new universe we inhabit…