01.01.2015 - 30.04.2015 10 °C
Now that our little family unit makes up an odd number, the last six months seem to have been a little odd as well. Certainly they have still been fun and exciting and all that – but odd.
Being a new(ish) family has changed a few things in our lives. We can’t just look at each other and say “want to go out?”, and “yes” and then walk out the door. Now it takes planning, organization, team-work, patience, and an awareness that there is still going to be a 50% chance of complete failure to leave the house. It takes a while to get used to the oddness of it all. It creeps up on you and you realize that weeks have gone by where you couldn’t do anything as a ‘spur of the moment’ thing.
The idea to write this blog began about three months ago but the time has just flown by. Maya has grown a lot, but we seem to have been absolutely blessed with an easy baby. I say easy very quietly because that could still change in an instant as we have been warned – but up until now there haven’t been any serious problems. She just seems to be naturally calm and happy and sleeps all night and wakes up in a good mood – just like her Dad.
She does find silly little things to be amazing which I suppose happens to all babies, but how my experience with babies is so limited I am also amazed by the silly things she gets amazed by.
To see the change from when she was born, sleeping most of the time, and then trying to reach out to hold toys, starting to smile, laugh and make noises, discovering her hands and feet and deciding they are the best toys ever, then practicing rolling over, it has all been incredible to watch. Now she is sitting and will be crawling soon, and before we know it she will be walking and then will want to borrow the car! It is all just happening too fast.
In general she is a healthy baby, but she has gotten sick with a cold twice, which is nothing major but has been a lesson for us about the dangers of cold and windy days. I may have over-reacted both times and made Simon call the Plunket Helpline to ask their nurses what to do, and they always say to stay calm and if it gets worse go to the doctor – but I need to hear them say that (to Simon).
Before Maya was born we heard about this process called Elimination Communication (EC) which is a kind of very early potty training. We were not sure how successful this was going to be, but were fully prepared to use our baby as a guinea pig in our science experiment. Since Maya was one week old she has been peeing and pooing in the potty. It is amazing to see how quickly babies learn. EC has been part of our daily routine ever since, and it has been working about 90% of the time. In a few words EC is about learning to communicate with Maya when she needs to use the potty or toilet, and to give her the opportunity to use the potty instead of a nappy. It has meant that we have developed a closer bond with Maya as we learn to see how she expresses herself, and she never gets used to sitting in a dirty nappy – it is normal for her to use the potty. It also means less nappies which is an easier job for Simon (I am in charge of providing the food for Maya, and Simon takes care of the elimination, hahaha).
We have kept up to date with all her vaccinations, and luckily they did not seem to be too painful for her (they were painful for me, hahaha). We have made four or five long trips to visit family and friends, and she has been to a number of parties and social activities. For now, it looks like she has enjoyed being there, and she loves new faces – especially when they smile at her and make her laugh.
We want to teach Maya a lot of things, and one of the main ones is how important it is to help people. Fortunately I have been a very good cow and have produced more than enough milk, so we have decided to donate part of Maya’s milk to ladies who need it for their own children. For various reasons they can’t provide their own milk so they are looking for donations from other new mothers. After we found out that our good friends Kylie and Graham needed milk for their twins, Maya and Simon and I have decided to share around 50mls everyday of Maya´s food with them.
Maya has had the opportunity to be a part of a number of groups of other babies and their parents, and although I don’t know if she enjoys attending all of the groups she certainly looks interested. However she does sleep most of the time, but I think she also learns something.
We are now planning a big trip with Maya as I take her to visit family in Colombia. In our next blog we will let you know how our adventure travelling around the world goes.
Lots of love and affection,
Erika, Simon, and Maya.