Today was Joseph's estimated due date, which makes him almost three weeks old!
Meeting his Pop-Pops
After our idyllic half an hour, the morning fell apart for me: feeling like I was racing from one thing to the next, doing nothing but putting out fires and losing my self-possession. I was reminded of just a week or so ago when I was encouraging a lovely friend of mine as she transitions to another newborn in the house and I felt so confident that she can do it--but today I'd lost confidence that I can do it!
Joseph's Nursing Update
Joseph is showing real improvement at nursing! I was able to track down an intake scale to rent at a farther-away hospital: this kind of scale is so sensitive that one can weigh a baby, feed a baby, then weigh the baby again and know down to the tenth of an ounce how much that baby took in. Right now, I'm supposed to be getting into the habit of weighing Joseph before any attempts at nursing. Sunday morning, for the first time, Joseph really nursed properly and he transferred four-tenths of an ounce all by himself! Now in these two days, he has managed a full feeding (1-1/2 oz, at his age/weight) at least four times! The first time I could abstain from pulling out a bottle to feed him because he did it all himself, the feeling was one of such joy. This is the beginning of the transition that the lactation consultants assured me would happen!