It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of Esther Lau Joo Mien, who was born on 20 July 2010, 11.48am. =) Here is a pic of Esther being "sunned"--she has a mild case of jaundice & though she does not need to be re-admitted for jaundice therapy, the doc has advised we "sun" her everyday! Hmm... she does look vaguely yellow huh? =)
Giving birth to a third child has been a life-changing experience. After retiring from the need to breastfeed an infant for three years, it is suddenly back to through-the-night feeds, cold packs for engorgement, and 2 diaper changes per feed (with a 2nd poop occurring right after you just changed the diaper the first time round!). Thankfully, Esther has been a fantastic breast-feeder. It's so amazing, and so different from Benjamin. She latched on immediately, quietly and correctly on the first try (!!!), and this despite the fact that we did not start immediately after birth. At Thomson Medical, the nurses whisked the baby away to do a series of tests on her, and so, I actually didn't get to breastfeed till almost 5pm! But she was a natural. So thankful for that.
Also, I'm grateful that all she currently does is eat, look around, and sleep. She's really quiet. As with all my kids, I actually have to wake her every 3.5 hours to give her a full feed. Then it's off to dreamland, or some "staring bleakly into space" before snoozing. So far, very manageable.
Of course, no matter how easy the latching, and how great the milk flow, taking care of an infant is unavoidably tiring. They just have to feed every 3.5 hours... right? There's no escaping that. So, every night since she was born, I've been up once a night to feed her. Sometimes, I am a bit tempted to let her sleep on ... but of course, I know that it is not healthy for so young a baby to not feed for longer than 4.5 hours apart. It's just that, like with all my kids, they never really cry for milk when they are young. Something to do with the fact that I really try to stuff a lot of milk into them when I feed them heh heh. =)
It's exhausting waking up in the middle of the night! How I look forward to the day this all ends! Hopefully soon. =) Yet, it is also nice to take part in this ritual-that-all-parents-go-through and (eventually) can look back on with some degree of fondness (In my case, not a lot! I love to sleep!)
But here's a secret--Esther is very cuute! The picture does not do her justice. When she opens both her eyes, with those single eyelids, and those chubby cheeks that actually sag because they are so big, and that protruding nose that reminds me of Husband, she's so alien-like, like a lau tai po, or a female yoda. Then she inspects my face, the light behind me and surveys the room with a look of wonder and suspicion that makes me smile. It's truly amazing... and very different from how I reacted to the two boys when they were kids. It's cos she's a girl, I think!! =)
Or maybe i felt the same way about all my kids. I just can't remember! =)
Just a note about Dan and Ben. They are both doing fine, thank God! I have not noticed any change in behaviour though I suppose it is too early to tell. I am really liking how Dan is maturing and is able to understand right from wrong, good from bad, and is trying to be the big gor gor. Ben is still at that iffy stage where he says the opposite of what anyone else says, without meaning it, trying to flout rules, whines, etc., Today, Ben cried when he woke from his nap--it startled me, as it sounded like the Baby!! I really pray that he will mature with age too... like Daniel. =)
OK, that's it from me. Am off to feed the baby. Life is back to a world of domesticity for the next few months. I really look forward to seeing Esther grow up! Soon she'll be watching "The Blue Planet" with her brothers, building lego creator sets, and playing the piano with Grandma. How lovely!