Things to remember about our first week with Mia:
- Esky doesn't tire of holding her or cuddling her. I think she likes that Mia can't say "no" (as Ivy often does).
- Whenever Mia murmurs in discomfort, Ivy strokes her hair and says, "It's otay, it's otay, Baby [Mia], no cry."
- Mia has beautiful skin.
- Although the talons are trimmed away, her fingernail plates are still very long and slender (less squarish, overall, than anyone else's in our family), as are her fingers.
- She occasionally lets out a short, high-pitched squeak of a (most likely gas-)cry, and then resumes complete restfulness (see Image 1).
- As in the womb, Mia is hiccup-prone. And those suckers are loud. She gets them about four times a day, and seemingly out of nowhere (not immediately after a feed, change in position, or any other obvious cause).
- Mia is sleeping a lot.
- And I'm sleeping more than I have in months. Yes, I wake often...but it is incredible to me how easily I doze off, since my last months of pregnancy were marked by an apparent inability to slip back into slumber when woken. Also: Nursing is kind of my tranq dart.
- On nursing -- how about those third baby after-contractions, huh? Holy guacs.
- Her eyebrows are jet black and very visible.
- As you may remember, all name discussions were closed for the latter half of this pregnancy, with Haki asking me to put together a list of four or five names to propose (for both genders), after the babe's arrival, and only then. Propose, I did. Mia was "Micah" for 10 minutes before Haki surprisingly flipped to my first (nixed) name suggestion (he also vetoed "Hazel" and "Jet" on the spot).
- Haki regularly marvels aloud at the intensity of his love for his third little girl.
- I am so fortunate. I have a husband who is more helpful than any ward midwife, and I have a group of generous people who are taking turns making our dinners...for two weeks. You read right. No thank-you card can articulate the difference this is making to our family.
- Like her sisters, Mia sleeps through our household's sounds, and I am so grateful that Esky and Ivy sleep through her cries during the night.
(baby yawns /swoon)It hasn't quite been a week yet. Thankfully, since each week that passes I'm reminded I'm drawing closer to the eventual end of the attendance of my midwife. /sob If you live in Dunedin and intend to have a baby, ask me about her, she is amazeballs.