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today will be better. because i say so.

Well, I don't know about you but I've had just about enough of being kicked about by the world. Now it's time to put away the tissues, and start kicking the fucker back. Fear me and my pedicured feets oh world!

The baby is brilliant and Z and I continue to be very attached to him and to each other. Thanks to this spirit of benevolence I'm even prepared to forgive the baby for that one-hour feeding stint he pulled at 4 am yesterday and for his general bad attitude of being less about the sleeping and more about the partying.

Matei has had his first bath which he seemed mostly confused about, but Z and I interpret the lack of the screamings as a positive sign. My son continues to have skinny little frog arms and legs although he looks like he is trying to turn his double chin into a triple. I am charmed by this and his kicky flaily little feet and by the string of grumpy old man faces he pulls when troubled by his digestive system. I also hope that some of my life's blood the milk he manages not to projectile vomit will find its way to his thighs to increase their nibblability (because if the child expects to be fed at 1-2 hour intervals I expect to see a return on my investment).

The other positive side of having your body sustain a bottomless opposum is that I can feel myself becoming a little thinner every day.

Bonding with the offspring

Baby: *gurgle*
Z: This little piggy went to the market. This little piggy stayed home. This little piggy read newspapers. This little piggy did puzzles. And this little piggy *thinks and flails*....is just a little piggy.



Orthodox Christmas rolled around a few days ago and to celebrate we dressed the child up in a Santa outfit his father acquired in H&M for £3. I love the fact that Z and I are on the same wavelength about this, because if you can't use your own child to further your amusement then a) the cats suffer and b) what the hell was the point of growing one for the better part of a year?





A few days before the baby was born


A week postpartum


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casaubon
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
One of these days you'll have to take a picture when Z's awake with the baby. :)

if you can't use your own child to further your amusement then a) the cats suffer and b) what the hell was the point of growing one for the better part of a year?

I fully concur with your philosophy. Unfortunately, they get less amenable as they get older... though Daniel does like to walk around with a bucket on his head - which is quite funny. Until he runs into a wall.
rainsinger
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
One of these days you'll have to take a picture when Z's awake with the baby. :)

Hehehe, I will try, although generally I am doing my best to be asleep then.

Until he runs into a wall.

Awwwww! The kind of bad parent I am I would wait for that and then put it on youtube.
mzwyndi
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations on the brilliance of your boy. The feeding stints do get longer as you go, dear, they just haven't the energy at first. At some point in about three months you';ll be saying, "Doesn't this kid do ANYTHING but EAT?!?"
rainsinger
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
"Doesn't this kid do ANYTHING but EAT?!?"

Oh noes! I am saying this already! The only thing sustaining me at present is the hope that soon he'll start eating less...

I have decided to tough it out for the next four weeks - if it doesn't get better by then the kid will be eating formula.
mzwyndi
Jan. 11th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
At a week old, he's not getting much milk for all that effort. His eating habit will get a little more manageable and fall into a rhythm for a few months, and then at the first really huge growth spurt you'll be back where you are now. It never lasts long like this, don't despair.

Although, I'll say that stress makes me have trouble letting down milk, so both my kids had to have formula as a supplement once they were older. In both cases, they were all breast milk at first, and then I weaned to formula, and then we moved to cow's milk by a year old.
femmerin
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Wow -- you look fabulous! Both before AND after...

Though I am impressed at how quickly your body returned to normal -- I hope I am as lucky when I (someday) have a baby.
rainsinger
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Though I am impressed at how quickly your body returned to normal

It quite shocked me too, I thought it would be months! Although it will take a long time for my stomach muscles to tighten - even though my stomach is back to being small the muscles in it are still fairly loose.
ex_humanfema327
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
wow you have snapped back to hotness! i would totally hit that! xxxx
rainsinger
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
Back to my old clothes too! *happy dance*
ex_humanfema327
Jan. 11th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
oh you're so beautiful! Let me come round and do your cooking and cleaning so you can spend all your time looking beautiful and/or posing with babies.
prophetsong
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
because if you can't use your own child to further your amusement then a) the cats suffer and b) what the hell was the point of growing one for the better part of a year?

I agree! Love the santa suit. I dressed Zakary as a little elf for christmas cards and the cuteness was painful. tried to get the cat to join in with the photo too but he remained grumpily unfestive! :)

The feeding stretches out I promise...
rainsinger
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
The feeding stretches out I promise...

Oh god I hope so, otherwise both Z and I will get postnatal depression I sense.

Your four month old still seems unimaginably big to me. I can't even begin to picture how my baby will be at that advanced age.
prophetsong
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Zakary was demanding food every 2 hours for the first few weeks and each feed took so long that it felt like they ran into one another that I was literally spending all day and all night feeeding and changing him. That all changed so gradually that I can't even pinpoint when or imagine being back there.

It's odd isn't it. I look at babies who are 7 or 8 months now and feel exactly the same!
grazia
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
You're so beautiful in both pics! And I love the photos of Z sleeping with the baby. They look quite content together.

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rainsinger
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oh when the baby is sleeping contentment radiates out from everybody. :) We are almost radiant with it.
jadedlibertine
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
excellent pictures :D yay for adorable costumes and wow for having that body back after a week!
rainsinger
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
yay for adorable costumes

*plots more things to dress up child us for the amusement of self and internet.*
67threnody
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. You looked great pregnant--like a Hollywood version of what a pregnant woman looks like, with a round belly and nice proportions everywhere else. You look great unpregnant, too. No one can tell that your tummy muscles aren't as tight as they were before.

Now go wake that baby up and get a picture with his eyes open!
rainsinger
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Now go wake that baby up and get a picture with his eyes open!

I have some excellent pictures of the baby in a rage! A furious rage! I shall upload those soon.
miss_newham
Jan. 10th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
littlebun (proud owner of a five-month-old babe) says that the feeding gets bearable after a few months. I hope you can wait that long...

Can I come and visit some time?! I promise not to stay long so you can do important sleeping! Mornings are good, most of them. And I am currently snot-free!
rainsinger
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Can I come and visit some time?!

Please do. :) I'd love to see you again. Most times are good for me really - i don't have a set schedule and sleep when the bottomless one sleeps.
miss_newham
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Would next Tuesday be any good? Apart from a dental appointment at 10, I appear to have an abundance of free time that day.
mariposalily
Jan. 11th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Wow! I too agree that you looked beautiful throughout your pregnancy and I am really impressed at how you bounced back. My social circle has been bombarded with baby fever (most of us are females in our mid-late 20s and in relationships but not married and no children yet). I've been the least afflicted so far... it's getting a bit more intense as I approach 28.

Your birth story truly inspired me and sounded more like a wonderful welcome to the world than the traumatic experience I envision. I admire your courage to go through with the home birth and look forward to seeing more pics of your lovely family!

(Have you done Matei's chart yet?!)
rainsinger
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Your birth story truly inspired me and sounded more like a wonderful welcome to the world than the traumatic experience I envision.

I completely give credit for that to HypnoBirthing. Because labour was intense and very uncomfortable but certainly neither unmanageable nor traumatic.

(Have you done Matei's chart yet?!)

He's a Cardinal little boy (Capricorn Sun, Libra Moon, Cancer rising. I am sure we will have fun raising him).

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rainsinger
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Always good to know people aren't bored of it yet. :)
prophetessamy
Jan. 11th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Ok, I might have to hate you, for real.
I think I might look that good, NOW. 2-1/2 years later.

btw - are we doing a reading for your new sweetie doll?
rainsinger
Jan. 16th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Getting back into shape quickly was pretty much one of the only positive surprises my body has dealt me. Usually it's more into acquiring cellulite.

btw - are we doing a reading for your new sweetie doll?

yes, please. I shall email.
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