Two Sides of the Benji Coin

Here is Benji yesterday during his tummy time.

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He was in that magical “quiet but alert” phase that doesn’t happen very often (normally it’s lightly sleeping, heavily sleeping, or fussing) and kept his eyes open long enough to look around a bit. Needless to say, we seized the opportunity.

Lest I give the faulty impression it’s all peaches and cream, however, here’s a view I get all too often, most frequently (of course) at night.

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Yesterday we went for a walk around our neighborhood park. It was a cautionary moment for me: My body is fit and eager to go… Except for the extremely tender still-healing wound where Benji came out. Despite my increasing desire to MOVE, my body made it clear that is not on the docket yet. It will be hard as I heal to let myself fully recover and not overdo (or do at all, for the moment) the physical activity I so crave.

In unrelated but positive news, we signed our mortgage refinance paperwork today. This saves us about $400 a month. Yay!

Baby Benji, Day 4 (yesterday)

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Life is tough as a newborn. Everything previously handed to you – nutrition & hydration, temperature regulation, oxygenation – now you suddenly have to do for yourself. On top of that, everything in your environment is totally new and unfamiliar. Gah! Fortunately, Benji has lots of people (like daddy and Nana) willing to help him transition.

Yesterday we had a checkup with the lactation experts at Evergreen. Benji is doing well, although he struggles to nurse and tends to get very upset – too upset to eat – when it is hard. The nurse reassured us that we were doing everything right, and gave us helpful tips for getting through the next week or so. Hopefully by then Benji will have the hang of it and we’ll move on.