Maeve turned 7 weeks old today – Tuesday September 16th. This is my weekly dadblog entry – including plenty of photos, but not all that much news.
Again she’s been spending most of her time asleep and breastfeeding. She poops and pees a lot, mostly in her diaper, sometimes in the adult toilet. My wife Carrie reports that Maeve has smiled twice briefly so far… though I didn’t see it (or photograph it) yet! Maybe I need to scowl less around my daughter, no?
She’s been kind of up and down last week. A few days she slept and hung out fairly quietly all day… then a few days she barely slept at all, with intermittent bursts of wailing inconsolably… generally in the early evening.
We did a bunch of good things this week. Carrie attended a La Leche League meeting and brought lots of good parenting tips home from that. We three attended an introductory music class for kids (at Key Element Learning – excellent), and a barbecue hosted by our friend Roberta and her nearly-year-old Pthala. Both Carrie and I have been sketching Maeve some, nothing so great as I would post here now. We continue to do fairly long walks.
A few things I’ve been noticing over the last week:
Growth: Though it’s hard to notice it, seeing her every day all the time, she’s been growing. Her newborn-sized (cloth) diapers barely fit her… so we’re stepping up to the next size. She doesn’t feel heavy or huge, but many many people think she’s bigger and older…
Gaze: I’ve been mentioning it in the last few posts, but her gaze continues to be more focused. Now, she really looks into my eyes. Pays attention. Talks (in her not-so-intelligble voice) when we talk with her.
Sleep: Carrie heard at the La Leche League meeting about comforting her when she starts to awaken. When we hear her start to wake up, we touch her gently, reassure her that we’re here… sometimes lay down beside her, where she can feel our body next to hers – then she’ll go from half-awake back to sleep, often sleeping longer. It’s funny though, I will lie down next to her thinking that she’s about to get up (sometimes even when her eyes are open and she’s stretching her arms like an adult awakening), then she’ll fall back deeply to sleep. I’ll be lying by her, our skin touching, not wanting to move away (because I think that will cause her to wake up), and I end up lying and looking at her marveling at how precious she is.
Carry: She’s still very much into the face-down carry that I wrote about here. It’s to the point where it seems like she doesn’t like anything else. So I end up walking around with her the crook of my arm. I think my arms are getting stronger! I hand her back and forth between arms as each gets tired. She’ll fall asleep after a while – face down, limbs hanging loosely, frequently drooling, too. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to transition to her sleeping face-up by herself. She realizes that she’s moving around, and wakes up… and wants to be walked around some more.