Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Look what the stork brought us.
It's taken me this long to get time to tell you all about the new arrival in our family. Joel Eaves-Butterworth was born on the 27th July at 7.49pm after ten hours labour and weighed 8lbs 4oz, there were no complications so he was born in our local hospitals midwife led maternity unit, a lovely relaxed place which promotes natural methods of pain relief rather than the use of drugs and epidurals (obviously this is only suited to uncomplicated births). He is the spitting image of Mr B, everyone says so. I am completely in love with him, we both are.
I spent four nights in hospital, the first night Mr B stayed with us in the units 'home from home' room which is decorated like a normal bedrom but with a sofa, TV and a nice big bath to put us all at ease after the labour and allow us all to spend our first night together as a family. We got well aquainted during the next few days and got to grips with breastfeeding under the guidance of the midwives.
Breastfeeding has been such a massive learning curve for us all, what little I read on it before Joels birth made it sound like the easiest thing in the world but it really isn't, well it hasn't been for us anyway. At first Joel didn't feed much so he got quite jaundiced and lost a bit more weight than expected by the time of his midwife check up at home, this was then compounded by me not getting him latched on properly for his feeds during his 10 day growth spurt. Anyway things seem to be sorted now and he's gained 1lb.
So aside from us getting very little sleep all is good and full of love at number 5.