6 weeks later

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It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks since I went into labor with Chloe. However, I can’t decide whether it seems like longer, or shorter than that. Fortunately the memories of that not-so-comfortable day faded pretty quickly. Practically immediately, in fact! But it seems strange that Chloe’s only been in our lives for such a short time, too. Joe and I were talking about that when we were still in the hospital, though, too.

Well, six weeks ago I had never held a newborn, changed a diaper, or done anything else with a baby other than held one for a little while (and handed him or her back to the appropriate parent at the first sign of distress!) Now I can change diapers in the dark and multi-task like nobody’s business. Yesterday I went out to lunch with the church ladies and they were impressed that I could nurse her and eat my lunch with chopsticks at the same time.

All in all it’s going well. We’re still learning, of course. She gets fussy a while each evening (either when I start to get supper ready or when I plate it… we’ve had a lot of really late, cold or multiply-reheated meals) but we’re getting better at finding ways to calm her down. I’m looking forward to teaching her some sign language so we can find out what she’s asking for more quickly. It has to be really frustrating for her. Even when I’m trying to talk to someone who speaks a different language, we can use gestures to get a message across. And frankly, I’m not that adept at deciphering her cries yet. But we’re working on it.

I’m also working on using nap-time for something more productive than watching her sleep. (Notice I said more productive rather than more fun or more important.) I’m still letting a lot of things slide (vacuuming? huh?), but I’m slowly getting a handle on things. And I’m getting better at doing stuff either while holding her or (more often) wearing her, Kinda makes me wonder what other new skills I’ll pick up…