D is for Daniel

Posted by spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 1 September 2005 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

For a 16 day old, our son sure has a lot of different facial expressions! Here he is looking "bird like" while being bathed by Daddy. (Hope Daniel won't kill me for putting such a "compromising" pic of him on the net!) His wide repertoire of facial expressions also include: looking like Stitch in Lilo & Stitch and looking like a grumpy old wrinkly woman. The former occurs when he is hungry and the latter usually occurs after the One Titanic Struggle that typically accompanies breastfeeding time.

I've been thinking whether I've made having a kid and breastfeeding sound too easy. Reading through my past entries, I realise I could have created such an impression - but no, infants & breastfeeding are TOUGH. Jus wanted to reiterate that my son & I are not of alien species. Being quite human, there is the mental exhaustion, the physical strain (back, shoulders and arms aching from all the weird positions I'm forced to freeze my body into as the little squidge struggles to feed) and all the accompanying worrying (too little milk, too much milk, engorgement, pain, suffering...). It's still early days and I already feel haggard. If you're out there reading this, do say a prayer for me & the little squidge. Once in a while, you get some repose, i.e., when Daddy bathes Daniel and you get to take a nice little picture and stare at it. And when you do, you chuckle at all the tough moments as your stress slowly melts away and is replaced by a warm, loving feeling. Ah maternal instincts...

Fujifilm FinePix F10
10/53 second
F/2.8
ISO 1600
8 mm

daniel
bathing
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