I just realized that I take more photos of Joshua when I can put them online... Ok, maybe there's something wrong with that. But my guess is that I'm just a show-offy-mommy type, so if I can't be showing Joshua and Oceana off, why take a hundred photos a day (No, I wish I was kidding about the 100... but I'm not). And when I say less photos I mean... maybe only 25. Ok, in the days of 35mm this wouldn't have happened. But I thought I'd share my minor obsession with you.
Day 15 is a good day. It's muggy so Joshua's sitting out in his tshirt and diaper. I keep covering him with a receiving blanket because there's flies in the house. Flies landing on the baby gross me out normally. But flies landing on my son who's susceptible to infection - PARANOIA! I *literally* kill flies all day long. The fly swatter and I are good friends. I actually broke the fly swatter in half (the square at the end is now a half...) in my fury. I can't keep ahead of them, so I cover him up. Then he's too hot, so I uncover him... it's a vicious cycle. It's a can't-make-it's-mind-up day too, so one minute is pouring, the next it's sunny, and it's just humid and muggy and nasty constantly. Joshua's totally unbothered by it.
His cold seems better! Thank you for your prayers. We sent off his insurance stuff this afternoon. One more answer to prayer - it's out of my house, it's in their hands now. Until they try to deny him, then I'll be on the phone all day. Blah. I got a bunch of stuff ready to print - paperwork to send to immigration, the FBI, the birth certificate office in Wellington... only to realize we're out of computer paper. Argh... We live just far enough out of town that running to the store's not a zip-bang. So, hopefully we'll get some by tonight.
Anna - thank you for asking - I'm feeling MUCH better. My antibiotics kicked in and paired with a few more days of laying low I'm feeling like myself again. Just as a quick clue, I declined stitches after birth, thinking I'd be okay.
I've been encouraged by a lot of people (both internet and "real-life") to get Joshua onto well-child checks. Here in New Zealand they do them in your home, so it's not an extra trip out for Joshua. So I'll be ringing Plunket (the organization that does nurse well-checks in NZ) this afternoon to sort out an appointment for him. I'd like to know if he's on target for growth and his feedings. I think he is, at least for feedings. But weight is such a hard thing to guess. Oceana took ages to start gaining weight, because I had problems with feeding. So if Joshua's not having feeding issues, no jaundice, etc - I'd think he's well into the 7lb range now, but I'm not sure.
Pictures will start back on (USA) Thursday. You think you can't wait? Ha! I can't wait!
Love you all
Peace, strength, etc for our family
Joshua's cele to stop leaking again (small drops, not big leaks like before)
Joshua's cold to go away completely
Oceana's cold to go away (she keeps trying to kiss him and she's all *yicky*)