And so my paternity leave comes to an end and I have to return to work tomorrow. I think that it is going to be difficult for all three of us; we have been working as a team for the last week or so, since Lucinda came out of hospital, but now the onus will be on Lucinda to carry the baby duties unassisted. I, on the other hand, will return to some semblance of normality.
I could regale you with what I have learnt and grown to appreciate over the past fortnight or so, but those of you will children of your own will understand and those without would probably baulk at the thought. Suffice to say that I could now not imagine life without Éowyn, even through the crying and sleepless nights and soiled nappies, fatherhood is a wonderful gift.
We have had quite a busy day today. Our friends Danny and Andrea came round with their son Jack. I can not believe how much Jack has grown (he is only 11 weeks old) and already looks like a little boy rather than a baby. Danny and Andrea have survived the sleepless nights, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. It was great to chat with them as it gave us renewed hope and an assurance that some things are only temporary. Especially since it is so recent to them and as they have proved you will come through it, even though that is hard to believe at 04:00 while trying to rock a crying monster to sleep. Then our friend Pam arrived but unfortunately she was only here for about five minutes before our belated midwife appointment was realised, so hurriedly they all left, which was a shame but hopefully it will not be long before we see them again, especially since Éowyn slept through their entire visit and they missed out on cuddles.
The midwife was really nice and she put our mind at rest over a couple of minor concerns and gave Lucinda a clean bill of health before discharging us from the midwifery care and thus we now fall under the health visitor.
It was only a couple of hours later that the health visitor came round. She, too, was really nice and we had a long chat with her about Éowyn and how things go on from here. Also, she weighed her and we are very pleased to announce that she is 8lbs 7oz (3.850kgs). She is now nearly a pound heavier that when she was born and exactly a pound heavier than this time last week when she was discharged from hospital. This has put Lucinda’s mind at rest that she is breastfeeding correctly and that Éowyn is getting enough nourishment. This also gives Lucinda the excuse to eat those extra 500 calories that you burn each day breastfeeding.
So, with less time for me to fill in this website, you will find that the updates will not be daily, however I do intend to regularly add updates to Éowyn’s progress (probably closer to weekly updates) with photos and also fill in a few more pages on Lucinda and me.
And here are few more of those photos…
Peace and love