Saturday, January 15, 2005

Welcome home.

Consider this an experiment in 'mondern' technology... I've always thought it would be nice to preserve a diary or something for posterity, or maybe at least to have sommething worth being preserved for posterity. Archiving some of my/our thoughts about parenthood seems like a reasonable place to start.

Teresa Rose was born on Tuesday Jan 11, 2005 at 4:23 PM at Good Sam Hospital: 6 pounds, 12 ounces. 20 inches long, with a thick fuzz of strawberry blonde hair like mom. She came home on Thursday, and seems to be adjusting reasonably well to life on the outside. Mom's milk came in soon after leaving the hospital and Teresa has taken to breastfeeding like a champ... She seems to pretty business-like about it: no rush, no leisure, just show her where dinner is and she goes right at it. Christina brought down some homemade lasagna (her first apparently!) so mom and dad didn't have to cook. Teresa had a calm night... mom and dad got a good amount of sleep, but lots of spit up and leaky diapers resulted in a a huge amount of laundry for being home one night :) So far so good... hey this parenting thing is easy, right??? :)

Friday 'uncle' Jim came down to visit and say hi... he also took some burden off of us by helping with dinner and baby and freeing us up for basic tasks like laundry and sleep. Unfortunately, despite how well she's feeding, mom felt really engorged with milk and was uncomfortable unless she was feeding constantly... Friday night, Teresa was up bout half the night: Mom was nice and let Dad and Jim sleep, so I felt great, but she was feeling pretty bad.

Saturday we were joined by Gram Mary and Grampa Pete, who made dinner and some frozen stew for the coming days, and Matt and Christina and Cousin Allison who brought lunch and a breast pump for mom. They also helped mom and dad knock out some remaining household chores, like picking fruit in the backyard and taking out trash and recycling. Dad and Pete also tackled fixing the water softener in the new house, but although they found a bad washer causing the leak, they couldn't find a replacement.. oh well. At this point, food seems to be the least of our problems, though... from all the people bringing food we seem to have more than we could possibly eat... maybe we should try teresa on some nice pork sandwiches?? :)

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