It's nearly 11 p.m. on a Monday night. Our first Monday back to work after a week-long stay-cation. A week long staycation that was intended to be an opportunity for Jimi and I to catch up on some things around the house - laundry room organizing, painting, maybe a bedroom revamp. We went to the park nearly every day, and the zoo once. We kept the girls home with us every day but Friday and we were a family all together for 8 whole days and it was wonderful. We got our house in order (mostly) on the day the girls went to the sitter because it was Friday, the end of the week, and we couldn't possibly enter into our weekend with our house in the state it'd become while we were busy playing all week. Nothing was painted, nothing was organized (wait- i did organize the pantry. I'm counting that), nothing was revamped. But, hey, we spent a week together as a family. There will be time for painting and organizing and revamping when my girls aren't tiny anymore and no longer believe my attention is the most important thing in the world. All my life I've wanted to be the moon and stars for someone. Now I am. For two. My goodness, it's a lot of work.
So yeah, I had a baby. Back in November. Wow. I'm a bit late with that announcement, I guess. Poor baby. I've got a birth story for her drafted and saved on here somewhere. I'll post it eventually, I promise. I have to. If I don't, it'll give her a complex. "You wrote about G but not about me!" Nah. Not happening.
Her name is Cora Jaymes, and she's beautiful and perfect in every way. She arrived at 8:43 a.m. on Saturday November 15, 2014 weighing in at a whopping
It's 11:15 Monday night. :) Cora weighed 9 pounds 1.6 ounces at birth, and was 22 inches long. She's also had a stuffy nose for the last 3 months and it seems to be coming to its peak here lately. I had to step away just now because she got choked on phlegm in her sleep and started coughing and gagging. She and Geneva share a room now (as of 2 weeks ago - we finally moved our 19 pound, six month old baby into a crib and out of the bassinet!), so whenever the baby starts to stir, I'm in there as quickly as i can be so she doesn't wake Geneva with her cries. Also, it's a good idea to respond when you hear your infant gagging.
All of my worries were so dumb. I gave that last push, the one where you've decided "I don't care how bad it hurts I just need this to be over!" and you give it everything you've got - I gave that last push, and she was out and on my stomach and I looked down at her little purple warm body and saw that sweet little face and my brain was like "Oh. Of course." She's my girl, my daughter, my flesh - of course I love her as much as I love Geneva. Of course it's just that easy. Of course. It makes so much sense now, on this side of it, but my mom-of-one brain couldn't grasp the concept. This love thing, it's fucking powerful.
I can't catch up on everything now, not in this one post. And maybe there's nothing to catch up on. We've been living - this time has been so much easier than the first time, but that's not to say it's easy. Cora nursed easily, but constantly. My maternity leave was 8 weeks of plopping G in front of something "educational" on Netflix while I nursed our newest family member. Knowing that cluster feeding is a thing, and that it will pass, saved my sanity this go-round. Also, placenta encapsulation. 10/10, would do it again. Jimi's been awesome, as expected. I think Cora's his favorite, but mostly because she's a sweet cuddly little baby and Geneva says no and screams and demands that "mommy do it". She's the most awesome 2 year old that ever 2'd. God, she's cool. Seriously. Her vocabulary is out of this world, and she speaks so clearly. She has amazing thoughts and comments and observations. Well, maybe not, she's 2. But she's really cool for 2. She is incredibly polite, and i'm so very proud of that fact. She says "Thank you" and "Please" and "I'm sorry" in context and with feeling. She loves her little sister. She is a typical toddler and throws tantrums a few times an hour, but man, you wave that baby in front of her and it doesn't matter how serious the pout, her face breaks out into an amazing smile full of sunshine and love and she literally starts to coo and goo at Cora. She hugs her and kisses her and plays with her and takes her toys and tells her stories and is always concerned about "where's baby at?" Cora, for her part, is an equally awesome little sister. She loves her big sister and watches her every move, and I expect we don't have long before she's mobile. She cut her first two teeth this past week - we've been anxiously awaiting that day for months, because, as I said, she's been snotty for three months. What else do you blame a snotty happy otherwise-not-sick baby on other than teething? Cora is going to be a coppery redhead, I think, and it looks like her eyes are going to be a stormy blue or brown. She's fair like the rest of us, and favors Jimi more than Geneva does. You can tell they're sisters for sure, and there were times early on when I would watch her nurse and swear I was seeing baby Geneva all over again, but they are each beautiful in their own unique ways and don't really look a whole lot alike. And I am going to have to be so careful about how I comment on this in front of them, but oh my god Cora is so big compared to Geneva! Cora is hanging out in the 90th percentile for weight and the 100th for height, whereas G has always been real comfortable right around the 50th percentile mark for both. There's only a 10 pound difference in their weights right now. They are 20 months apart.
I can't wait to watch them grow up. They're beautiful together, and I get to help them and watch them blossom and become the amazing women they're going to be... I'm so excited that this is my life, my journey. I am so incredibly blessed. What did I ever do to be so lucky, to deserve such riches?
So that's why I'm going to start blogging again. Because I've missed too much already, and I don't want to miss more. I won't get it all, but if I can get even a small snippet of the awesome that is this moment, right now, well, it's a worthwhile investment.
It's 11:52 p.m. on the first Monday after vacation. The alarm is set for 6 a.m., but my human alarms will ring out at 2:15, 4:00, 5:30 and finally at 5:58 with "Mommy! Milkies!" (Yes, I'm still nursing my toddler. STFU about it, okay?) I've had two beers in the last hour it took to write this and I'll be honest, I've got a bit of a buzz. A rare reminder of what it used to be like back when I could drink more than half a beer before it got to hot or, more likely, forgotten. I've missed writing. It feels good to do it again, like going to the gym after being away for a while, but with more beer and sitting and less sweat and moving. I'll have to do it more often. Also, should go to the gym.
I want to go back and edit, but editing is for suckers. Or people who've had less than 2 beers. G'night, friends. Sweet dreams.