Tuesday, 5 April 2011

The Stockholm Syndrome

I'm being held hostage by a very small man whom I've fallen madly in love with. This little guy does not lay down at all during the day. He likes to be carried, and held, and handled. If he's somehow in contact with one of us he can sleep through a thunderstorm, but as soon as you put him down in one of his cribs (he currently has three... long story) his big blue eyes instantly opens and he starts screaming. He wants boobs, now, no matter how long it's been since last he ate. You better believe BabyBjörn gets praise around here. So what if baby gets bread crumbs in his hair, at least I get to have breakfast. Me being able to sit down and write this is courtesy of said miracle sling.

So these past five weeks have been kind of a long snooze fest on the couch, while chores have been put way down on our list and Bubba is at the very top. Thank goodness for Miss Potter, our cleaning lady, who sweeps in once a week and keeps our dust bunnies at bay.
We have been able to go out to eat, go shopping, walk the dog, have visitors and visits to the doctor's, but most of the time we're simply being held hostage in the house :)

• He's growing like a weed - back at his birthweight three days after birth and shocked the heck out of his Mamma and pediatrician. He's outgrown all of his newborn duds and is now sporting his new 0-3mo wardrobe.
• The first week home he had what we referred to as "birth-terror" episodes. Every night around the time he was born (23.29) he would scream inconsolably for about half an hour before he settled for the night. He still has a hard time calming down at night and usually fusses and screams for about an hour before sleeping for the night at around 22.00, once down he only wakes up to eat once at night.
• He's holding his head up and looks around with wide eyes, gives you wide toothless grins and loves being sung to. I do Swedish rhymes or lullabies and Diver Dude sings inappropriate Navy songs. Bubba prefers the Navy songs.
• He also loves being naked and bath time is greeted with much enthusiasm. Diver Dude thinks it's hilarious when his boy's boys hits his hand when he picks him up and accuses him of having more of an old man scrotum than he does.

The Princess
• I'm hungry all the time and have little time to eat so I eat whatever I can get my hands on at that moment. I swear I have more cravings now than when I was pregnant. For cake. And chocolate. And ice cream. It's a bloody miracle that I've lost so much weight. I'm actually five pounds lighter than when I got pregnant. Being a cow is the best diet ever!!
• I survived the first few weeks going to the bathroom with the help of a squirt bottle and 800mg of Motrin, tearing down under is no joke. But it seems to be healing nicely and I don't have any problems with it now, even dared to get frisky with Diver Dude two days ago when the lochia finally stopped. I'm not gonna lie, it burned a little, felt a little sore, but overall not a bad first time. It felt a little like loosing your virginity again. And with a baby that won't sleep unless he's on you, you need to get inventive.
• Found two stretch marks now that I can actually see the lower part of my abdomen, one by my appendix scar and one by a scar from removing a mole.
• Hemorrhoids magically - or rather tragically - appeared after the delivery and haunted me for almost three weeks. I've never been so scared of having to poo in my life!
And the boob job
• Thanks to a Jamaican night nurse at L&D who had a very hands on approach to teaching nursing techniques breast feeding is working like a charm. Bubba is a good little suckling and apparently my supply could feed the neighborhood kids too. No pain. No problems. Knock on wood.
• Bubba is very possessive of his boobs. The few times I've tried to pump while he's been sleeping soundly on his daddy he starts searching and grunting looking for his boob as soon as that first milk hits the bottle and won't stop until he gets some.

Diver Dude
• This man has grown so much these past weeks. He's so helpful, loving and supportive it makes my heart ache. Is it possible to love him any more?
• He has a hard time when Bubba's crying, he feels helpless, frustrated and unable to "fix it" because he lacks the right "equipment" to comfort.

I have so much more to say but my little hostage keeper is stirring and I better get this posted. Love to all of you who are still around to read this, and here's a cute pic of my babe as a reward for reading all through this jumbled mess of a post.
A rare moment of The Bubster sleeping alone.


  1. You are funny. This could have been just another update on who is doing how...but I love the humour in it.

    Take a few pics of the Bubba crying. You will have copyrighted material to embarass him when he is in his teens. :-)

  2. He is gorgalicious!! Sounds like you are all doing very well indeed - so great to see the update and the pic - can't wait to see more!

  3. What a sweet update! I'm so glad all is going well!

  4. he's amazing.
    I suggest you send him to me immediately so I can have him for my own.


  5. What a great update. Love to hear how everything is going! And that pic is just adorable. Could just eat him up!!!

  6. Beautiful post! Thanks for updating us on everyones progress!! Bubba is seriously adorable!!

  7. aww, he is so sweet!

    So happy to hear from you and hear things are going well with bubba. It sounds like you are doing great!

  8. That is a serious series of miracles my dear Princess!
    Loving it.
    give him a kiss from Amsterdam?
    hugs, Valery

  9. So adorable! I've been starving, too, with cravings I didn't have during pregnancy. And hemorrhoids that still haven't gone away.

  10. He's too cute!! And isn't it great you still get to eat for two? Glad everything is going well!! Bubba will be more independent before you know it so savor these sweet needy moments. He is seriously adorable!!

  11. Han är så otroligt söt er lilla kille!
    Skönt att allt fungerar som det ska.
    Kram på er alla tre!

  12. Awww :) So glad everything is going so well!

  13. Awwwww!! What a great post! I'm so happy for you CP. Your little man is gorgeous!

  14. Glad to hear all is well. What a cutie.

  15. He is so beautiful! My little guy rolls onto his side to sleep like that as well, and there are nights when he will ONLY sleep on or right next to me. I know the feeling. Isn't it amazing how much you can love them? HUGS. Love hearing things are so amazing.

  16. He is so precious! I love staring at my baby when he sleeps. I love it when they crack a smile while sleeping.

    I hear you about bbaby being attached to you all.the.time! I'm loving the moby wrap (when he'll actually stay in it). Gotta have the hands free to get stuff done around the house.

    Can't wait to hear more and see more pictures of your little guy!

  17. Oh CP he is so sweet!! It's sooo good to hear that things are going well post delivery. Thats fantastic that you are back to pre prego weight!! Congrats chickie!! He is such a cutie!! Kiss him for us!! Love & Hugs!!

  18. Oh, dear, but he is a cute one! Our boys were like that as well-- totally fine as long as someone was holding them, but woke screaming if they were put down (and also wanted to nurse again no matter how long it'd been...). And YES, the sling/carrier is the way to go during this phase! I wish I could say you'd have your hands free soon, but to be honest, it wasn't until they were 3-4 months that they EVER slept without being directly on (or directly against) one of us. And now, they grow even more independent, sleeping a foot or two away from us, and I *miss* it, terribly!

    H went through that, too, of feeling helpless because he didn't have boobs. I used to joke with him that if he truly loved us, he'd have tried harder to lactate for me (hahaha). In all seriousness, though, this was (and still is) hard for him, because with the BFing relationship, they are SO dependent on Mama, and as a result are very Mama-centric, so it's harder for him to console them, even now. I think it hurts his feelings that they instantly stop crying when I hold them.

    Great update. I loved reading it!

  19. Glad your all doing well. He is just precious.

  20. Such a cutie and yeah, all babes love to be held to sleep.

  21. It's amazing how these little boys just grab our hearts with both hands and squeeze. Little bundle of love. hugs. :)

  22. look at that face!!!!!! oh my goodness, he is glorious, who wouldn't want to be held hostage by that? Oh right, you want to pee/eat/shower. I get it. :)

    I am just so happy to see your son and hear the joy in your voice!!!! Makes me so full of joy for you.

  23. Utterly adorable, sweetie!


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