Monday, January 03, 2011

Blue hat, great grandmother and progress.

1. Fenella visits, bringing encouraging words and an offer of babysitting -- it means a lot to have a diligent and skilled mother willing to do this for us. She also brings some clothes, including Alec's first blue item: a knitted hat the colour of hyacinths. We put it on for his walk round the park. It suits him so well that we (very) briefly consider Hyacinthus as a middle name.

2. Granny Pat comes round to meet her first great grandson. He was born on my late grandfather's birthday, which pleases her very much. She salutes Alec smartly, and tells Nick "I was in the army for two years."

3. We're getting on better with the feeding -- mainly thanks to lanolin and a very supportive husband. Nick administers the Infacol, helps with positioning and records the time and length of each session in a notebook. He winds Alec afterwards, and gives us tonnes of praise. Our first 20-minute feed made me feel on top of the world. Alec just burped.

9 comments:

  1. Enjoy it - the record keeping bit will die with the second, and be totally forgotten with the third, so the first child is magical. Well, they all are, but you'll be different with each.

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  2. Breast-feeding can be toughI had terrible probs with my first; the second was a doddle, for no apparent reason than they were different babies. So hang in there and please, please try not to feel bad about yourself if it doesn't go so well - - to a certain extent it's a matter of luck. Best wishes and kia kaha

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  3. Be very kind to yourself and your little family - this bit is really, really hard. In fact, this is the hardest bit. My 2nd is due in May.

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  4. how satisfying is a baby burp! Also, thank the Lord for Lanolin.

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  5. Very, very big congratulations to you both on the birth of Alexander.

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  6. I had a chap in my class once called Hyacinthe! I think it is quite unusual even in French...

    I'm glad he's Alec, not Alex. Alex is fine but Alec is a bit more special, IMO.

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  7. Warmest congratulations Clare and Nick on the arrival of baby Alec. I think he was waiting for the right day to be born, your grandfather's birthday! As many other parents have commented, don't worry, it will all come in time. Trust your feelings; you (both) can do it. With love,
    Alison

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