Sunday, October 27, 2013

9 months in 2013

Early March

Mid April

Early July

Mid August

Mid September

 End September

Saturday, October 26, 2013

No more messy piles of coats

Since the painting works in our hallway the old hooks on which we piled our coats were taken off the wall and had not been replaced yet.   But now we can neatly take your coat when you come to visit us :)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cord blood donation

During our information sessions in the hospital last summer, we learned about cord blood donation.   In the standard set of documentation received,  there were also info sheets.  And it seemed so obvious  & easy to do:  donate my cord blood donation to the hospital's cord blood bank (1 out of 2 in Belgium).

Cord blood is a sample of blood taken from a newborn baby's umbilical cord. It is a rich source of stem cells, which have been used in the treatment of over 80 disease[citation needed], including leukemia, lymphoma and anemia. (source Wikipedia)

The procedure is painless, effortless and hopefully you can help someone with the stem cells in the blood one day. So I was happy to fill in the donation questionnaire & approval form over the summer and put it on top of the little suitcase that was waiting for the moment I'd need it to go to the hospital.  (for some reason you must fill in the sheet before you go into active labour...does that mean women in labour are not capable of making decisions? Do we miss the capacity at that moment??).  The document was dreadful but I was happy to have filled it in on time.

When arriving in the hospital during my labour, I was capable though to remind Jan and the nurse to get it out of the suitcase and ensure it was registered.  And while I was finally holding our little Kabouter for the first moments on my belly,  the nurses tapped unnoticed (by me) my cord blood needed for the donation.

Last week I received a letter from the hospital that my cord blood has not been banked.   Apparently they could not extract sufficient quantity to use for the donation.   I feel so disappointed now that my donation failed :( . I had truly hoped that it'd help someone someday.   Maybe I should start giving regular blood instead.  I'm ashamed to say I've never done that so far.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

One month old

...and I sometimes pretend/try to stand up on my legs to show off how strong I already am

...I am still cute as ever even though I am getting a bit bold already

...I am more awake than before (although that is relative), looking around

And I still feed very much but I also still suffer regularly from painful cramps :(

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

End of October

and it's 23C and the terrasses downtown were busy . Nice :)

Autumn glory

Back in nature!

Last summer, in my last trimester of pregnancy I've not made very big walks anymore and the last month before my due date I didn't even drive up to the Ardennes anymore since I tried to avoid longer car rides & trips.   The first weeks after birth I was completely absorbed by the demanding feeding rhythm that didn't allow a long ride either.    But this weekend we risked it and we were back in the Ardennes.  It felt so great to be back!   All trees in autumn colors, nice soft weather, ... The freedom to venture out in nature, go for walks & enjoy the surroundings. It felt great.

Monday, October 21, 2013

First time for him in the Ardennes

We exposed Kabouter to the fresh air of the Belgian Ardennes...he seemed to take it in well :)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

I'm learning

I'm learning not to try to be in control of my day schedule anymore, not to plan. But I'm also learning to dare to go out for a (nearby!) walk even if there is a chance that he might ask for feeding before we're back.

I'm learning to cosily settle down among pillows if the baby needs to feed again even if he has hardly finished his previous feeding and watch the backlog of the digital recorder.

I'm learning to go to bed at the start of the evening (recording most of the tv programs then...I'll watch them one day in the coming weeks) and to read FB in the middle of the night.

I'm learning to start a blog post and only complete it 4 days later.

I'm learning not to feel panic anymore when he cries because of cramps. I'm learning to trust that the cramps will pass after 30 min, 60 min or more and that he'll calm down into an adorable sleeping angel.

I'm learning to eat faster in small breaks (it's a miracle, I know!).

I'm learning to let him cry for a bit if I urgently need to go to the bathroom.

I'm learning to sleep with him in my arms if needed.

I'm learning to function more or less with only a few naps of 1 or 2h max.

I'm learning to ask Jan or the maternity household help to give him a bath and sooth him while I go to bed for a short nap in the mean time, and not getting up again when I hear the first shreek next door.

I'm learning to be more confident

I'm learning and I am making progress....but I've not quite mastered it at all yet.  We'll get there step by step ;)

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Can  you see the resemblances with Kabouter? I do!!

Mommy a long time ago

Daddy a long time ago

A cousin (mommy's family side)

A cousin (daddy's family side)

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Finding a new rhythm...that's what my life is now about.

Yes I'm living on a baby planet and I'm suffering from the "first baby syndrom" which means that I'm on a discovery trip of this planet where all seems new & exciting & confusing & scary/frustrating at the same time (the latter when I can't seem to figure out the changing rules of this new planet).

Feeding start every 90 minutes - 3 hours and in between we are soothing cramps, feeding ourselves, trying to get some rest, trying to go out for short walks, ...but hopefully also watch some tv (usually while feeding) and glance at my FB & twitter feeds and maybe have a short chat with someone (usually while feeding as well so forgive my typo's. I'm not seriously trying to type in riddles :p ).

I get visits from a fantastic midwife that supports me with the breastfeeding and care of Kabouter, while we also get some maternity household help twice a week.  It's great to be able to ask advice from people that have seen it all before all the time.  Those people are heroes!  While I'm taking a shower and have some breakfast or try to take a nap, they've soothed cramps, bathed Kabouter, cleaned our living room & kitchen, ironed our clothes or prepared some meals and baked a cake for visitors later on that day.   Heroes. And Jan is a hero too.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Morning gymnastics with daddy

"I'm less than 2 weeks old but I'm growing visibly fast, I can push myself up and tilt up my head. Most of all I like sitting up"