I’m on the sofa with the computer propped up on a pillow, a Boppy around my waist (which doesn’t really resemble much of a waist yet), and a nursing infant. I know multi-tasking is sooo last decade, but how else is a tired Mami going to get any blogging done?
Wait, did I mention I’m tired? Sometimes the exhaustion hits me in waves that seem to flow down my body and yet, I feel pretty darned good… delirious, tired, frazzled, but good.
I gave birth to a 5lb 13oz baby on February 3rd (which happens to be Chinese New Year). Already, I’m up and about which is good because we’ve had quite a bit of doctor’s appointments since coming home.
Many of you have been here for my entire pregnancy and you know that at one point it seemed like the baby might not have any kidneys. That diagnosis changed to her having just one functioning kidney and low amniotic fluid. It was stressful and worrisome and left little room for true joy.
Now she is here and she is beautiful. She indeed only has one kidney. Her left kidney is functioning just fine and we’ll have to take good care of it for the rest of her life. Where her right kidney should be, there is actually no kidney tissue and just a bunch of cysts. She will have to get an ultrasound every year until she is about 5 and if the cysts shrink on their own then nothing will be done, if they grow they must be removed. There is a tiny chance that the cysts could turn into cancer, but our doctor tells us that is so rare that he has never seen it and he doesn’t know any colleagues who have ever seen it and he has only read about it in studies.
At the moment, my life and conversations revolve around poops, pees, and feedings, not just the baby’s mine too. All details I will spare you.
Put Pie our eldest daughter (she’s 2 1/2 ) is adjusting to being the “big girl” in the house. She wants to kiss her sister constantly and thinks it is rude that her little sister does not cover her mouth when she sneezes or say excuse me after farting. We have noticed that Put Pie is more prone to crying and needs more snuggle time since our new arrival. Both Unknown Papi and I are trying to spend some solo time with her everyday.
Becoming a mami for the second time is both easier and harder. I am much more skilled (ha!) and confident than I was the first time around. I’m not as worried that I will break the baby. However, this time around I can not sleep when the baby sleeps because I have a toddler that wants my attention.
That’s all I’ve got floating around in my brain right now. Hope you are all well.
And now your Friday Fortune Cookie (don’t forget to add “in bed” at the end, if you are so inclined):