How is Maya?
How are you?
How is Dan?
Maya is 11 days old and she’s a delightful newborn. She’s taken easily and naturally to breastfeeding and likes to spend a lot of time there. She’s also into long naps, listening to classical music and Phish, and having her diaper changed multiple times a day. Well, she’s not into the diaper changes, but she has stopped crying when they happen.
My body is still healing, but I am not experiencing postpartum depression. I was very anxious the first week about SIDS, but as I learn to read Maya better and better, and transition into this new role of mother, those fears dissipate.
It’s an interesting role to be the primary caregiver, as I have the breast. There’s something very empowering about being able to give our baby everything she needs nutrition and hydration wise. I can also soothe her with my voice and touch.
I’m hesitant to take walks yet as it’s icy here and my tailbone is still healing. I’m grateful it’s winter as it makes the nesting cozy and peaceful.
Dan is an incredible father. He has taken on the role of primary diaper changer and wonder-dad with ease, love, and skill. He is a natural caregiver. Many have commented that Maya appears to be a mini-Dan. Others think Maya has my eyes. Dan believes that all babies look like babies and time will tell who she looks like. What do you think?
Here are some moments from the past 11 days. We’ve found family, friends, and texting with nurse Jenn (who helped deliver Maya) to be so supportive and uplifting. Thank you all.
Some requisite sleeping Maya photos:
Maya has been tossed around like a sack of potatoes. Just kidding. She’s enjoyed visits with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends.
[Disclaimer: All are healthy, have had their flu shot, and have washed their hands multiple times.]
Maya also feels quite alert for an 11-day old. But what do we know? Perhaps it was the extra 13 days that she was cooking in there.
Maya enjoys helping her dad with his Masters and being close to him in the carrier. Surprisingly, she didn’t seem to mind her first bath all that much.
Harriet is very curious and protective of Maya.
Until next time, we send you lots of Maya love.