Things We've Learned In The First Two Weeks
- The first week is a blur...and it is purely adrenaline that gets you through
- The baby isn't going to die as often as you might horribly imagine. The funny noises she makes at night while going to sleep are NOT her choking, the heat rash she gets for 48 hours is not the measles, the crusty bits in her eye does not mean she will go blind, and when she cries like you are murdering her, you are not, in fact, murdering her. (examples of said heat rash can be seen in the videos below;-)
- All baby clothes and implements are made for people with tiny hands...and not necessarily DADS. Leon is currently coming up with new designs for Dads that have Dad-sized fingers.
- Baby poo stains things. Lemon juice and sun seems to be the only thing that is even slightly helpful.
- Adding a very tiny person to your family equals about 400x more water consumption - drinking and cleaning and laundering and ... well, you get the picture.
- The hardest time for Leon to wake up is in between 2:30am - 4:00am. The window of time that I get the most insanely tired is between 8:30pm - 10:00pm. Last week, I even fell asleep sitting up.
- Breast feeding might be natural, but it is also painful and confusing and exhausting. Pumping breast milk 8-12x a day is merely exhausting.
- Not being pregnant rocks. Stitches and hemmroids and jello-like gut flab does not.
- People bringing new parents FOOD is an unbelievably good and considerate idea.
- The life of only having to do laundry every couple of weeks is long gone.
- Sub-compact cars - although great on fuel - are not the wisest choice for carseats/strollers/playpens/diaperbags/alltheotherstuffthatcomeswithababy
- Having Sawyer has only caused my love for Leon to get bigger and stronger. And although many people told me my love for my baby would outshine the love I've ever had for anything, I don't feel like that is true. I just love her differently. It has a different texture, a different tone. It is actually quite hard to explain with words.
Random Nicknames We've Bestowed On Her
Stinker/Stink Machine - Leon's favourite term for her...probably because he is the main diaper changer on the team
Gouges Out Eyes - Leon's First Nation friends told him that their children would not be named for the first couple of weeks, as their parents would need to observe them first. A name would then be given after certain behaviours stood out, in our case, Gouges Out Eyes...because she spends a lot of time jamming her hands/fists/very sharp nails/into her face/eyes
Sos - the way I seem to shorten her name...long "o" sounds, rhymes with "close"
Fussbudget - saved for the times when she fusses
How We Picked Her Name
As for her middle name - Maclise - that is my mother's maiden name and the last name of the only extended family I've ever known. I, myself, am much more a Maclise than I am a Konkin, but never got around to legally changing my last name. Anyway, when we decided to give Sawyer Leon's last name (because, trust me, that was NOT just a given assumption, but something we discussed and agreed on) we thought it would be cool to make her second name Maclise so that she carried my family lineage as well. Plus, Sawyer Mac just sounds cool:-)
A fun thing to note: we were very close to also naming her Maclise as her first name...but for whatever reason, that never ended up feeling right to me...so Sawyer it is:)
My Birth Story
Most importantly, she was born healthy and happy -- kicking and punching. And my birth team - Leon, Michelle, Katharina, Leanne and Bridgette (not to mention the very kind staff at the hospital) - were nothing less than stellar.
Things Sawyer Has Already Mastered In Her First 2 Weeks
- Crunch her legs up impossibly tight to her torso, and then, spontaneously push them out straight as arrows, like a rocket ship attempting lift off
- Falling asleep on Dad's chest
- Using her cuteness to manipulate her way from the cradle into bed with us. Saucy little minx.
- Cause people to exclaim "oh my god, she's so SMALL!!!" upon seeing her
- Falling asleep in the car pretty much immediately (which we are oh so grateful for)
- Staying asleep during loud conversations had by her really loud parents
- Melting our hearts. Absolutely and completely.