Clearly, I have been a little busy with this tiny person who has just entered my life! I’m still on maternity leave, so there won’t be any sessions on the blog again until next month, but I thought I’d share a little of what’s been going on in the life of the Saous recently. Every so often, I share Hugs and Duds– a sort of “highs and lows” of recent days. Here we go:
Cloth Diapers. This was a daunting concept to me at first, but after reading about them on the Young House Love blog and talking with some friends who also have used cloth, we thought we’d give it a try. Noah’s bum does so well (no rash!), and we’re helping the economy & saving cash all at the same time! Plus, they are super cute.
Our friends and family. We have had meals made for us multiple times a week for the past month. How incredible! My mom had to have surgery this summer, so my parents were unable to come for Noah’s birth. (Mom is recovering well now, and we will go visit her and Dad next week!) In light of that, we had wonderful support from my aunt and uncle, my brother, and Mike’s mom. They all made LONG trips here to be a help in any way, and we were so blessed by their presence. We were so overwhelmed by the kindness of people in Durham who have been so generous, too. I really don’t know how we could have made it through that first week without everyone!
Summer Olympics. Mike and I are set on determining our future family planning around the Olympics. Seriously, the 24-hour coverage helped immensely with being home all day (and up many parts of the night). Mike’s mom got us a great antenna the day of opening ceremonies, since our old one broke, and it has seriously been a lifesaver.
Labor. This probably goes without saying, but giving birth (and the recovery that comes afterwards) is less than fun. We had a fantastic team of people to get me through, though– Sarah Jobe, our doula; Jenny Cox and Susan Nickel, our midwives; Courtney Potter, who documented our birth story; and Mike: my rock and greatest support. In spite of how hard it was (and the pros would probably say that I had an “easy labor”), the people involved were so wonderful. Plus, I got to hold Noah after it all– they’re not kidding when they say you forget everything about labor when you meet your baby. Totally true.
Amazon picture frames. I ordered three matted picture frames the other day, and ALL of them were broken. I would have returned them, but they were relatively easy to fix with some wood glue at the corners, and they look pretty darn nice (when they’re not broken). Still, who wants to fix brand-new picture frames?
A messy house. I know that it’s expected for your house to go by the wayside a bit after having a baby, but it is SO hard for me to think/function with a big mess all around me. That has been one of my biggest struggles in the last month!
To give you a glimpse of the mess– and the love– going on in our house, here’s a pic from our third anniversary last week. This is our life right now!