Duke & Desiah left us recently, and I offered to put up a tribute page so that their mum, Erin, had somewhere on the web to memorialise her babies.
So here you go Erin, I hope you like it.
PS. In Lara news, I managed to do this while rocking the baby in the pram with one foot. If I get good at that, I might be able to catch up on email, and blogs soon – and maybe even put up a progress post about us. In the meantime, we visited the baby health centre today, Inigo is 3.36kg – which means he has put on 280 grams in one week. Three weeks old today!
I (Mark) need new photos to show work colleagues. Yes, I’m back at work, and feel very guilty leaving Lara to look after the little guy all by herself. He’s not a lot of fun when he’s fractious – but at least he’s very cute most of the time.
The Other Andrew dropped round to take some photos last weekend. There’s a few pics on his blog, and a couple more here.
We’re all fine, but we took a trip to Casualty at Westmead Children’s Hospital today, as we couldn’t find a medical center that was open, and we thought we’d better get the boy looked at.
At hospital, they told us to clean his umbilical cord stump daily, and to see a doctor if it looked weepy, or started to smell. With all the excitement, we forgot to clean it on friday, and by saturday it didn’t look as good as it had. Today it looked even worse, and had started to smell.
Apparently, it’s all good. We’ve been given saline to clean it, but with his breathing issues, his little body has been concentrating on healing his lungs, rather than healing the belly button. We can expect that his cord will take up to an extra week to drop off than a “normal” baby.
On the upside, we now have a medical records number at Westmead, we know how to get there, and we know we can get the kid to hospital within 15 minutes of noticing something awry. And apparently, they aren’t going to report us to DOCS for child neglect. Yet…
And last night, we got 2 periods of sleep that lasted for 3 hours or more. The kid is gorgeous.
Another night with not much sleep, Inigo likes to sleep for an hour after a night feed, then wake 2-3 times in the next hour, then refuse to sleep for the third hour unless one of us is holding him. We have taken it in turns to do the settling after a feed, so we are both getting some sleep.
This morning, the 7am feed was followed by a bath, so not enough sleep was had before the 11am feed. When he was still awake at 1pm after the 11am feed, Mark and I turned to disco music. The two of us sang him a duet of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”, and he is out like a light.
What a great kid.
And in other news, Ella Grace Hodgkiss arrived last night just after 3am. No other details yet, but Bev & Ted will be here shortly to tell us all about our newest family member, and how her mum is doing.
Exciting as it was to get home, I was still aching for a taste of the outside world, so after a night of almost 4 hours between feeds, and at least 4 hours sleep, we decided to visit Richard, Miriam, and Oscar.
Still too tired to talk in complete sentences, but congratulations to Simone and Andrew, who settled on their new house today, happy birthday to Andrew, and please keep everything crossed for my sister in law Christine – who might be in labour as we speak. Another cousin for Inigo!
And while he’s sleeping then so are we….
Inigo is off all machines, and has had two successful feeds. I have been moved again, and am downstairs in the children’s ward, where there are sick people, so Inigo has to stay in the nursery.
I am going to try to get some sleep in preparation for my first night of round the clock feeding, Mark has our boy sleeping on his chest upstairs, and I will be called when he needs me.
Thank you everyone for your well wishes, and words of encouragement. It’s working 🙂