Friday, 12 April 2013

We are amazing

I find it amazing that:
- an egg that has been sitting around in my ovary since before I was born managed to become "active" and was used to half-create Doof
- my body protected and nourished him for 9 months
- my breasts which have done nothing for the last 30 years somehow were able to produce enough milk in the last 5 months to allow me to breastfeed him and double his weight

It's easy to accept things at face value and not really question anything. But the more I think about what my body has created from effectively nothing, the more and more amazed I become.

Every one of us really is amazing.

Monday, 8 April 2013

(Surprisingly) excellent equipment

In the past I have been asked countless times by parents about the merits of using a nasal aspirator (such as I think in the US parents are even given them before being discharged from hospital after having their baby. I always scoffed a little (massively underestimating how disruptive to *everything* a blocked nose is to a baby, and hence their parents!) and said they weren't really needed.

Fast forward to when Doof first had a cold ( and how my opinion changed... Snot became a focal point of the day - how much did he have? How completely blocked was his nose? Was it interfering with feeding? With sleeping?

And then I discovered one of the best inventions ever:

You use it to suck snot out of their nostrils - instant improvement in breathing, feeding and sleeping :)
And there is something incredibly satisfying about doing it!

Even little noses can hold a very large amount of snot (you might not want to look at next picture if easily squeamish/grossed out) - this is from one sucking attempt earlier today...

So there it is - something I never in a million years thought I would want/use and that now comes with us everywhere!