Yay. Zi’s umbilical cord came off tonight. It’ll be easier now to carry her, change her, and now we can bathe her. It came off right before she turned 3 weeks. What was once connected her to me is gone. It’s ok. There’s always love.
Warning: May contain female topics. Immaturity may induce school-girl giggles. It’s almost been 3 weeks. I’ve lost 20 lbs. already, which is probably mostly due to the constant bfeeding. That, by the way, is going really well. I feel that the milk is satisfying Zi’s need most of the time, which is convenient, since I don’t have to feed with the bottle when I’m taking care of her. She’s a good eater. Very predictable and usually pretty on schedule; she gets hungry every 2 hours, sometimes 3, and late at night, she sometimes sleeps 4 hours then wakes up hungry. She usually also gives us a head start and does the preliminary subtle cry to warn us before the full blown hunger-i’ve-given-you-ample-time-to-feed-me cry. The bad news: This is Perze’s last week of “Ba-bycation.”
So after nine months of waiting and months of guessing Baby Z’s gender, we can now announce “It’s a GIRL!” For those who don’t yet know, Zienne Noelle was born May 9, 2009 close to 8pm, right in time for Mother’s Day. We’re excited to share our newest addition, so hopefully we’ll see you soon. Until then, feel free to get to know her: Zi’s Birth Announcement 2.0 Baby Blog Photo Gallery
Zi attended her first worship service today at SJBCI. She was mentioned from the pulpit during the welcome and announcements, and after the service, everyone crowded to get a peek of our newest addition. Of course, Em was protective enough to stay close to her baby sister, and sneaky enough to also get passing compliments and attention for being the older sister. Nice one, Ate. This just about marks another milestone we’ve had in this church and building. First, it’s where Perze and I met, where we exchanged vows, where we dedicated our first daughter, and now, where we brought our second daughter. God bless this church. It was fitting that the message was about the church family. I also can’t help it, but I always find myself taking very similar photo shots resembling Emma when she was Zi’s age. The picture on the left was taken this afternoon at the church during service, very reminiscent of the one I took of Perze and Em during Em’s first visit. Welcome Zi. They are like a second family. You’ll have many milestones with them, and they will see you go through them with smiles and glee.
So, still in a state of cramps, Emma goes up to me and asks what’s wrong so I try to explain to her how a post partum uterus works in order to shrink down to its original size. I told her that when Zi was in my tummy, she was inside what is like a bag. And now that she’s out of my tummy, the bag squeezes until it shrinks, making me have cramps. She then responds, relating to my story, saying, “every time I eat, I have to pee pee first, and I have to run fast so my tummy doesn’t hurt.” yep…it’s basically like that…
Yay. I know it’s been a week.5 but I was finally able to set up Zi’s Photo corner in our twelvesixteen gallery. Click here: Zienne Noelle Photo Gallery You can also view her first week in our 2009 albums. There’s a direct link to our photo gallery on the left top module. We’ll try to update it every now and then, although these days, I doubt we’ll be able to do it often.
I find myself missing Emma so much these days…I think it’s because I feel like she’s growing up too fast. When I hug her, I don’t want her toddler days to go. She was such an enormous blessing growing up, with a personality and a heart too big for me to capture. I feel so honored to raise her.