The Week In Bean, 3 March – 10 March 2009

Week One

3 March, 3 am

3 March, 3 am

As Trev told you below, Eve was born in the early hours of Tuesday morning via caesarean section after a lot of hooting, hollering, and laughing (nitrous oxide: I recommend it). I was put under a general anasthetic for the procedure and did not actually meet my Bean until 3 am. But Bean was well-looked after by her Papa and Grandmother in the meantime. In spite of all the worries about fetal distress during labor, Bean is a hale and healthy infant, whose Apgar scores were 9 and 10, respectively. 

Bean spent the rest of her first day on the Outside sleeping, nursing, and being clumsily handled by her battered mother, who was addled by morphine and stuck full of tubes. Fortunately her Papa turned up in the afternoon and was able to provide competent care, including deft nappy changes and cuddles.

On Wednesday Bean and her Mum were on better terms. She met her paternal grandparents and had many pictures taken, including this one:

 

A lovely little critter.

A lovely little critter.

With which her dad is rather pleased, as he should be.

Thursday was more of the same at the hospital. Bean’s maternal grandmother came to visit her one last time before heading back to America. Bean will see her again in July, and will also get to meet her aunts and grandfather then. Bean’s mother feels bad about living so far away from her family sometimes, but more so lately.

 

Eve with Grandma M

Eve with Grandma M

 

 

Thursday night was rough. Bean and Mum were up for literally the whole night, trying to get Bean fed properly, but Mum couldn’t hack it.  She was able to get Bean to settle while singing songs from the Beatles’ White Album, but that only provided a distraction from Bean’s hunger.

As a result, on Friday, the day they were hoping to leave the hospital, Bean was weighed and had lost more than 10% of her body weight since birth. So the hospital refused to discharge them. Bean’s Mum was very distraught about this, but with the help of some kindly midwives and an intensive feeding program (including formula supplementation via a cup), Bean put on weight like a boxer.  She was ready to go on Saturday, and she and Mum and Dad all went home and snuggled in bed together for a bit. Bean is a very obliging baby and only wakes once in the night for a feed.

On Sunday the community midwife turned up and called Bean “bonny”, which was nice, but then did a newborn heel-prick test, which wasn’t fun at all. She also took out Mum’s stitches, which made Mum feel a little more mobile. Mum is very impatient with herself and doesn’t like being laid up. 

Monday Dad went back to work. Bean and Mum worked out some kinks with the catering and went for a brief excursion outside in the garden using the Sleepy Wrap aunt Ann gave them. The Sleepy Wrap is terrific (it’s letting Mum type this update).  Bean and Mum may venture to the park later this week if Mum feels up to it. In the afternoon, Dad came home and found the umbilical stump had fallen off while changing Bean’s nappy.

Mum did not heed people’s advice to “sleep when  the baby sleeps” and so on Tuesday Mum and Bean stayed in the bedroom until after 1 pm.  Mum noticed that Bean is starting to look around at her surroundings more. She likes the white lamp against the blue wall in the bedroom and the pink cyclamens on the living room windowsill. She will happily stare at Dad’s face for a long while, and has begun to track the cats as they move across the room. She is also learning not to scratch her face, and seems to know that people like you to smile at them, so she tries to, though she is not yet aware what smiling means or who she is smiling at, really.  

She is, after all, only one week old.

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5 comments

  1. I didn’t get a chance to read this because I’m at work. But as I told you earlier, I’m constantly checking the blog for updates hoping for pics. She is BEAUTIFUL!

  2. I’m with MO…wow she is so beautiful..just like her mommy! Glad to hear that things are going well and that she’s only waking once a night. What a good girl! …This blog has become an obbsession for me…I check it all the time for updates and pics. Thanks for keeping us in the loop!! Love and hugs all around!!!
    -Aunt Cathy

  3. Love you guys….love the blog….what a way to keep track of the little one….it’s so amazing to look back at where you were before she arrived and then after. I love looking back at our photos from when mine came home from the hospital and were new and yummy….especially on the days that the smell like puppy dogs!! 🙂 Glad you’re home and doing well.

    Love from TX!

  4. Hey Chris is that like wet puppy’s or just really good puppy smell : )

    She is so beautiful and I can’t wait to meet her and hopefully I will get to do that sometime in May…thinking about taking a trip across the pond to say Hi for a few days : )….love and hugs all around to everyone…

  5. GREETINGS FROM NEW JERSEY. ENGLAND DOES HAVE VERY BEATUTFUL GIRLS AND WOMEN. JOHN SAYS EVE LOOKS JUST LIKE HER MOM. “SHE HAS HAIR JUST LIKE THE WOMEN NOW KNOWN AS ROSE.” I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I AM BLOGGING.
    BEST WISHES TO ALL, SEE YOU IN JULY.
    LOVE, CAROL, BOB AND JOHN

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