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Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Birth – Month 1

May 2, 2013

As you may have read in my birth story, I entered the world a little unconventionally, bum first. Since then, I decided to continue being a little unconventional, at least in the digestive department. I only have a poo in my diaper once or twice a week. Apparently most newborns do this kind of business multiple times a day. I don’t know why that is. It’s way too messy. Anyway, this worried my parents and, get this: they even photographed it to show a nurse to see if it was normal! I think they were also worried about the poo deficit because I didn’t gain weight as rapidly as some. But come on, I insist on eating every one to two hours, and for thirty to ninety minutes at a time. I know I’m a slow eater, but surely no one should be concerned about whether I was well fed!

In sleeping-related news, Mom and Dad usually swaddle me to help me sleep, but I don’t know why they make all that effort. I don’t like it unless they wrap me loosely. And really then, what’s the point?! I think they did it because they wanted me to forget they weren’t cuddling me anymore, but I’m much smarter than that. I like my one to two-hour cat naps (especially at night), followed by a good nurse and snuggle. I get nice and drunk on milk after my breastaurant visits, but don’t let that sight fool you. It may seem like I’m ready for a long rest, but it’s all an illusion. My parents were advised I shouldn’t sleep on their stomach (while on the couch) because I could slip off and get squished, but that’s the cosiest place to be. I was persistent enough with my short napping that they gave in. If they really want me to sleep for more than one or two hours, that’s the only way it will happen!

Videos:

Claire’s breech legs (day 2)

Calling the “Breastaurant” (week 2)

Dancing & up all night (week 3)

Alert at night & sneezing (week 4)

Photos:

Minutes after being born, Claire's already playing around!

Minutes after being born, Claire’s already playing around!

Her little "breech legs"

Her little “breech legs”

It's comfy in Dad's arms.

It’s comfy in Dad’s arms.

Mom & Dad are so excited to meet me!

Mom & Dad are so excited to meet me!

Thank you so much to everyone involved in our care. You were all amazing!

Out of the hospital and at home with Mom & Dad.

Hellloooo world!

Hellloooo world!

I know I'm cute, that's why Mom & Dad don't mind the sleep deprivation.

I know I’m cute, that’s why Mom & Dad don’t mind the sleep deprivation.

First bath!

First bath!

Dad & I have the same hairline ;)

Dad & I have the same hairline 😉

They call me a milkaholic; I can't imagine why.

They call me a milkaholic; I can’t imagine why.

I'm definitely most awake at night...not so great for Mom & Dad...

I’m definitely most awake at night…not so great for Mom & Dad…

Serious tummy time with Daddy.

Serious tummy time with Daddy.

The milk is coming soon, I know it!

The milk is coming soon, I know it!

Thanks for the fix Mom!

Thanks for the fix Mom!

Sleeping on Dad is one of my favourite things to do!

Sleeping on Dad is one of my favourite things to do!

Ahh, the swing- Mom & Dad's saving grace when I won't settle.

Ahh, the swing- Mom & Dad’s saving grace when I won’t settle.

Daddy trying to help me get rid of my gas. I think it helps Mom & Dad more than me because I get pretty cranky when I'm gassy!

Daddy trying to help me get rid of my gas. I think it helps Mom & Dad more than me because I get pretty cranky when I’m gassy!

Dad reading me my first book in French. I find it a little dull but that's probably because I'm only 2 weeks old!

Dad reading me my first book in French. I find it a little dull but that’s probably because I’m only 2 weeks old!

I love tummy time (but sometimes I fall asleep...which kind of defeats the purpose.)

I love tummy time (but sometimes I fall asleep…which kind of defeats the purpose.)

Daddy taking me for a walk down our blossom-lined street to try and settle me...

Daddy taking me for a walk down our blossom-lined street to try and settle me…

…but as you can see here, it didn't work this time. Good try though Dad!

…but as you can see here, it didn’t work this time. Good try though Dad!

My first time in a restaurant; ironically (& thankfully) I slept through the whole dinner & didn't cry until we were on the bus home.

My first time in a restaurant; ironically (& thankfully) I slept through the whole dinner & didn’t cry until we were on the bus home.

Mmm, fingers are delicious!

Mmm, fingers are delicious!

My favourite sleeping position: satisfied and drunk on milk...for at least 20 minutes anyway!

My favourite sleeping position: satisfied and drunk on milk…for at least 20 minutes anyway!

Family shot on our street.

Family shot on our street.

Hey Dad, where's my beer?

Hey Dad, where’s my beer?

First trip to our neighbourhood park. I'm not ready for the monkey bars just yet. Although Mom & Dad often think I'm being a monkey!

First trip to our neighbourhood park. I’m not ready for the monkey bars just yet. Although Mom & Dad often think I’m being a monkey!

I wonder if there's breastmilk in Daddy's ear? I'm going to check and find out.

I wonder if there’s breastmilk in Daddy’s ear? I’m going to check and find out.

So peaceful…so rare these days!

So peaceful…so rare these days!

I love the new carrier!

I love the new carrier!

Going for a walk with Dad.

Going for a walk with Dad.

The blossoms on our street are awesome!

The blossoms on our street are awesome!

Party time in the vibrating chair; keeps me entertained while Mommy's in the shower.

Party time in the vibrating chair; keeps me entertained while Mommy’s in the shower.

The hairdrier: making diaper changing a "breeze" instead of a fight!

The hairdrier: making diaper changing a “breeze” instead of a fight!

Seriously, the hairdrier is amazing!

Seriously, the hairdrier is amazing!

Already hitting on the boys!

Already hitting on the boys!

Claire seems to be giving someone the finger in our perinatal group class.

Claire seems to be giving someone the finger in our perinatal group class.

Time for bed? I don't think so!

Time for bed? I don’t think so!

All my milk drinking and now I can fit into the cloth diapers...not sure if that's a reward or not!

Thanks to all my milk drinking, now I can fit into the cloth diapers…not sure if that’s a reward or not!

I'm one month old and I can read already...well sort of ;)

Look at me, one month old & I’m reading…sort of 😉

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4 Comments
  1. Anja permalink

    Ohhh so adorable! So adorable.

  2. Wendy permalink

    Beautiful!!!

  3. Kieran permalink

    Great pictures and captions!

  4. Alexis permalink

    Sooo cute!

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