Friday, September 2, 2011

Yep, I'm alive...

Life with a newborn is... well, difficult. Don't get me wrong, I'm seriously enjoying getting to know my daughter, but holy crap is it a shock to my system. It's frustrating and amazing all at once. It also throws my schedule completely off in every conceivable way. I'm glad I scheduled reviews to be put up for several weeks. I haven't read much, nor have I had time to. Between recovering from a c-section and learning how to take care of a newborn, I've been totally swamped. My life has been filled with bottles, diapers and stupid shows on netflix to keep me awake (Ice Road Truckers, anyone?). 

Anyway, I am working on a few books. It's slow going. Very slow going, but it's going. I've learned that reading to Fiona when she won't sleep puts her to sleep almost instantly. Thus, I get some reading done, and a sleeping baby for a while. Then, if I'm not too exhausted I'll either stay up and continue reading (which is rare) or I'll sleep for a few. It's hard. She sleeps about 3 hours at a time and so I get 3 hour stretches of sleep. It's better than nothing but it's not a solid 8. I feel half dead all the time. 

Here's what I'm working on right now: 

I also am going between Kusiel's Justice and Awakenings, it just depends on my mood. I'm hoping to write a review within the week. I'm not sure if it will happen, though. Time is a funny thing these days and so is my mood, which I'm blaming on the post birth hormone swing. It's keeping me flitting from book to book. Sometimes I can't handle anything too dark or deep so I've actually (for the first time ever) read a book with romance in it and actually enjoyed it. Crazy how that works. I guess my book choices all depend on how my hormones are swinging that day. Fascinating, I know. 

In other news, Fiona is an amazing baby. I keep expecting her to turn into a devil child, but she hasn't. She still rarely cries. She's incredibly alert, but sleeps quite a bit (and holy crap is she a deep sleeper!). She is very easy going and is kind of just sliding into our lives. I can't complain. I think I've only heard her really cry a handful of times and she's about 3 weeks old. I hope she's not saving it up for later. She gained about a pound at her 2 week appointment and has grown about an inch and a half. Her cheeks are really plumping up (and are SO CUTE!). She's also really loud. She's constantly grunting and groaning. Everyone who spends time with her is kind of shocked with how vocal she is. It makes napping hard because I am always waking up wondering if that was a grunt or an "I'm hungry" noise. 

I'm exhausted and not really thinking straight. I seriously hope this post makes sense and wasn't too redundant.... or something.

Here's a picture I took of her about a week ago. 


11 comments:

  1. Oh the reading aloud trick works wonders! I used to read to Emma all the time. Just watch out one they get mobile and get grabby hands ;-) Emma will get at any book she can and start 'reading' on her own. And with her not having that much motor skills control yet sometimes that was downright dangerous to the books! She's far better now though, far less destructive ;-)

    And you built one very cute little girl, she's completely adorable. Makes me wish it was February already and I could meet B2!

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  2. She's so lovely!
    As for the reading, remember the Italian saying : chi va piano va sano.

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  3. So cute! Glad all seems to be going well. I hope you are able to get some rest in the near future! :)

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  4. Congratulations Sarah! She is so adorable. Welcome to the great world of parenting. Mine is almost 10 and I still don't have a schedule down.

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  5. Too cute!

    Wait till you find yourself reading a passage about bloodshed and horrors -- in the crooning tone that will put baby to sleep ...

    I used to read papers on fish taxonomy to my cats, because it was the only way to make myself stop skimming through them. Life is better now. I get to read poetry to my cats.

    At least, I think this is better. The cats may think it no improvement at all.

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  6. She's adorable!

    Excellent choice with Among Thieves; I really enjoyed it. I've heard very mixed things about Prince of Thorns though.

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  7. HI, I'm a new follower. Can't wait to read more reviews from you and CONGRATULATIONS on your beautiful baby girl.

    you are right, your life gets turned upside down when they arrive. But you'll find a new normal and a new routine :)

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  8. Ahhh I know what you're going through!! My little one is 18 months now and I'm just really starting to get back into reading properly :) I used to read him my books when he was that age too :) :)

    It gets easier, and it never stops getting better, happy parenting!! :)

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  10. I am in awe of babies. Also those folks who make them and care for them and turn them into people; quite the ask but I'm sure you're doing a fabulous job, Sarah. Long overdue congrats from me. :)

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  11. We need new pictures!! Not that the one you posted isn't absolutely adorable (it is) but I'm sure she has already changed so much. I'm so glad that everything turned out so well - First babies are the best. You'll remember these times (especially those late nights for the rest of your life and look back at them fondly (if you are anything like me).

    Enjoy!!

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