My introduction to having four under four this past week or so has been jarring to say the least.
Mom came down with a horrible cold the day we went to the hospital to have Rhea. By the time we got back from the hospital, everyone had it. Poor mom had been taking care of three babies while being really sick herself. I know from experience that that is really trying.
So we have spent this last week or so deterring visitors and taking care of three very sick babies with coughs, fevers, and vomiting from all the phlegm. We have experienced all of the possible symptoms of illness. Mom is feeling much better, but the girls are still sick, and now I have started coughing and having a sore throat. Fantastic. I comfort myself that at least now I’m giving some immunity to baby Rhea through breast milk.
I haven’t really been able to have Rhea around the girls because they have been so sick, but they did meet her briefly when we came home from the hospital.
- There is a thorn in her belly (the umbilical cord stump)
- When she is hungry, she makes a face like she is smelling something stinky
- She drinks milk out of my arm (I guess it looks like that when I am nursing?), and
- Ruth loves her and is going to take good care of her
Alright, Rhea photo dump!
She is a very good baby. She nurses well, and sleeps in her rock n play all day (unless I am wearing her). She nurses pretty much every 2-3 hours all night long, but she is only 11 days old, so I won’t panic yet. She gets really mad if I am putting on or taking clothes off of her, or taking too long to feed her. I think she is going to be a good addition to the family, if we ever recover from this plague and I am actually able to have her join the family.
My recovery has been slow and painful. Probably because I have been stressing over sick babies instead of resting. I don’t know what kind of dark magic they worked this time around during my C section, but I am back to normal undergarments a little more than a week after delivery. My midsection is almost back to normal except for that darn linea negra. Oh well. You win some you lose some. It will go away eventually.
Hopefully things will calm down once everyone has recovered and we can get into our new routine. Love looking at the newest little sweet face.