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It's a shame the photo here's a bit blurry but I love it because Natalie's smiling :D I took it the day she got out of hospital. Oh, and her middle name Ayamé means "Iris" in Japanese which blooms in mid-may to June. They're beautiful purple flowers (blog header photo on the pregnancy page are Iris petals) -- purple of all shades being my favourite colour, I thought it was perfect for Natalie's middle name!

This week with Natalie has been amazing. I'm with her alllll the time because I feel like I missed out on so much while she was in hospital and I could only see her for 30mins every day.

She's such an angel. The first night back home with her my mum and I were prepared to hear her cries through the night but she didn't cry ONCE! In fact, I was the one that had to wake her up every 2.5-3hrs because my breasts would get so full of milk and get sore and then start leaking lol. She doesn't even cry when her diapers get dirty. Sigh..such a well-behaved little girl. She also loves her bath but doesn't like being naked after it so I have to be super quick to put on her nappy and her clothes or she starts crying. And when she cries, boy is she LOUD..!! Can safely say she is fully recovered from the stressful birth and is drinking milk like crazy and pooping and peeing lots like a healthy baby should :) In fact I was changing her diapers once and she did a poo which shot onto my face. Only a little bit though, lol! Made me laugh. Her poos don't feel dirty or gross to me..after all she's still only drinking milk and it doesn't smell bad ;)

Mum helps me out SO much...making me breakfast, lunch and dinner, washing Natalie's clothes and dirty cloth nappies, etc. I feel a bit bad so I've started helping around the house lately doing little things like washing dishes and folding laundry. The midwives here say to not do anything for at least a month after you give birth regardless of how well you feel because the more you work your body that first month, the more you'll pay for it come menopause time!! The female body goes through massive changes during pregnancy and after birth both physically and hormonally, that it takes at least a good month for your body to fully recover. So when you stress your body after you give birth, you will pay for it when you go through menopause and your body is going through other crazy hormonal changes. Keep that in mind ladies! I've heard some horror stories of women going through menopause and I definitely don't want to be one of them....!


Well I think I've done well today, wrote 3 blogs and Natalie's still sleeping. I think it's time to go join her for a little nap.

PS - her face is changing every day and I'm starting to see more of Oli in her each day. It's really interesting to see her change and am so blessed to have such a healthy and gorgeous little baby :) <3 <3


 


Hisako K
05/31/2013 10:59pm

Sooooooo gorgeous! pretty little girl let me poke and pinch her cheeks :p ママがんばれー!

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06/03/2013 12:44am

Love this picture! You look stunning! NATALIE IS SOOOOO CUTE! This may sound really gross but I actually enjoy baby poo smell hahhhaha as in the exclusively breastfed poop because I've started Madeleine on a little bit of fruit/veggie and it no longer smells good...it is kind of stinky I must say. Good on you for those cloth nappies!!! Which ones do you use? People make fun of me here for using my cloth nappies!

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Yoki
06/04/2013 10:11pm

Hhahahaha!! Don't know if I 'enjoy' baby poo smell but it's not bad. Smells sweet just like my milk lol. Apparently babies who drink formula have really stinky poos as well...! Kinda dreading the day Natalie starts eating solids and starts excreting real poos... :/ does Remy change Madeleine's nappies sometimes? I intend to make oli help me with that at times. I don't think he'll complain but we'll see hehe ;)

Cloth nappies are the norm here i think. It surprises me at times when I think of the differences between how Japan and the western world does things. How is it in Taiwan?? It's a pain to have to wash the cloth nappies but definitely better for little Natalie's baby skin :) I want things to be as natural as possible for her.

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Himani
06/04/2013 8:00pm

Ah! NATALIE is beautiful... I am sure you are cuddling her and making the most of it. She is an angle and cudos to you for all the experience you had while giving birth to her... I wish I could play with her... she looks so adorable....

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Himani
06/04/2013 8:00pm

Kudos*

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Maigua
06/05/2013 11:44am

hahahaha baby poop is not bad at all....it gets gross when they are around 15 months and not potty trained yet.....oh dear....hahaha... but still as a mom it never feels gross cleaning your own kids poop or anything .... They are too darn cute!!!!.... You are looking pretty good yourself lady :)... And Natalie, wow I cant wait to see more pictures of her...she is stunning!!! With Adelaide I had my mom too and she helped me with everything....she even slept with Adelaide the first two night coz i couldnt take care of her coz of my c-section.. so having your mom there to help you is great...so enjoy it while you can! Im pretty sure she lovesssssss being there for you :).

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