And Glrr, I knew I could count on you months ago when I entrusted you with the task of updating my blog in my absence (something I wouldn't just hand over to anybody), but I had no idea how much fun it would be to read. I think some would argue you should take over novelle360.com from here. I can't thank you enough.
As for me? I couldn't be happier. I'm sore, exhausted and thoroughly confused as to what to do when or how often to care for my daughter, but I'm learning. (And falling more and more in love with Alli every moment of every day.)
I'm hoping to be able to write about my labor and delivery soon, but that's going to require a considerable amount of time and thought, and right now I think I may only have an hour before I need to feed her again -- but believe me, I'll take it.
In the meantime, here are a few little thoughts that I jotted down on the back of a folder that the hospital staff gave me filled with newborn information. It killed me not to have access to a keyboard, but I did have a pen. And not writing during such a momentous time would've been completely impossible.
- I'm taking such pleasure in discovering some of the smallest things about her -- she has dimples right under her eyes just like her father, the vein pattern in her right hand matches mine and there are little flecks of gold in her hair.
- What a difference a day makes: Yes! She's up! ... Yes! She's asleep!
- It's true what they say: You don't know what unconditional love is until you look into the eyes of your child.
- Sometimes, her bottom lip completely disappears into her mouth and I think I might just burst.
- She totally looks like Jer. And I love it.
- If I could save just one thing about the last few days and preserve it to enjoy forever, it would be the smell of the top of her head when I kiss her.
- My love for Jerry has grown indefinitely over the past few days. There is nothing sexier than a man successfully comforting his screaming daughter at 5 a.m.
- No, newborns don't come with an instruction manual, but they DO come with a 5 inch-thick book. I have enough pamphlets on umbilical cord care and feeding charts and sleeping positions and temperature guidelines and bathing routines to start my own library.
Let the adventure begin.