Trying to write a blog that captures in words the feeling of becoming a parent for the first time is not an easy task, but I will do my best!
|Our gorgeous little girl|
|Coat might be a bit big...|
Christelle and Lydia stayed in the hospital for 3 nights after the birth, so that both mother and baby could be monitored by trained professionals to make sure everything was alright.
I spent the majority of each day with the two of them (plus the various visiting family members and friends), trying to learn how to handle a newborn baby.
|One of my first attempts at changing|
Lydia - I don't think she liked it!
Luckily Chris was on hand to guide me, and after the first few goes I was much better at it.
When the day came for us to come home together as a family, I think it would be fair to say that the happiness we felt at leaving the hospital was somewhat blighted by a sense of worry about how we would cope without the hospital staff. What should we do when the baby screams? How do we know if she is hungry?
|Warm, cosy, sleepy|
This plan worked fine until Black Thursday - a whole 24 hours in the company of a screaming baby who did not want to eat or sleep, only to cry. We tried everything we could to calm her down: changing her, feeding her, holding her in various different positions, lots of cuddles and reassuring words, the baby scarf... all to no avail. Eventually we resorted to driving around in the car for a bit, and Lydia finally went to sleep.
|Wonder who dressed her?|
As each day goes past, our little girl shows us more and more of her personality, and it is truly a delight to see how much she has changed already despite it being less than three weeks since she was born.
During this time we have had lots of fun dressing her up in various girly outfits, as you can see in the photos below.