Diary Entry – 26 June 2020

My little KC, how amazing it is to spend time with you and watch how you progress every day with something new that you do as you grow and learn.
This past Tuesday you were 2 weeks old.
Mommy is learning with you every day.
Winter in South Africa, I don’t think you like the cold much. Changing and bath time seem to upset you so much. Honestly I have even cried with you… I am certain there will be more such times. I am told that it is not good for me to cry, especially when holding you. It has been said to me that it can even go into the breastmilk. It sometimes feels like I can’t help the emotions I have going on. I don’t want you to be upset.

Like when we went to the clinic on Monday 22nd June. I had to completely undress you, nappy and all. You jad to be weighed and measured to see if you are healthy and feeding well. Breastfeeding feels like you have no clue about what your baby is getting-is it enough, is it nutritious enough. Your discharge weight: 2,805kg, height: 49cm and head circumference: 33,5cm. Now, weight: 3,020kg, height: 51cm and head circumference: 34,7cm. The nurse, aunty Wilma, was happy with the results and said we are doing well. You had to get your first vaccination too. It wasn’t done at the hospital before discharge, like it usually is, because of the Covid-19 situation.

By the time you we got to doing the shot you were quite upset already with the undressing and measuring. Aunt Tess had to come hold you in position while nurse Wilma injeceted your thigh. They were so kind, I was clearly crying and you were so upset. Nurse Wilma told me that when we get home we just rub ice on your injection sight 3 times, it helps with the pain and swelling.

When we were done nurse Wilma suggested I take you to the little breastfeeding room.

Once we had both calmed down after you had fed for a bit, gathered us and bagand went to the car where uncle Tristan was waiting. He was so helpful and amazing waiting for us. I am not to drive for a while with the C-section wound and Daddy was at work obviously. So grateful to have the support and love.

I also had to pop in at the hospital where you were born to get your birth certificate.  Wow! Official, legal documentation of my precious baba’s existence.

This was your 2nd time in the car from home, first time was to Oumi and Oupi.

Today was another exciting thing. Your umbilical cord came off! You have got such a cute little belly button ♡

We also have  family time this weekend with your brother and sister. Daddy fetching g them today. What an exciting week it has been.  You are protected and God has you in the palm of His hand.

Bible verses at the bottom of my book:
Isaiah 43:1-2 “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.”
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God!”
Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you,” say the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

With this new breastfeeding journey some items that I feel have assisted me a great deal was a book received from Belly Babies

One thing I had to get right was both myself and my baby being comfortable, to start with I found lying down together while breastfeeding was best for us – but be careful not to fall asleep because that is very easy to do.
Every mommy and baby is different.
Something my sister-in-law told me that brought much peace was: Your baby knows only you and your experience together, you can’t go wrong, nothing is always perfect – as long as you try your best, there’s no such thing as perfect.
Remember to enjoy the moments, they pass by quickly, there are always many firsts and also many lasts.

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