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A hodgepodge of things

Junebug is a little over three weeks old now, and we are slowly but surely working our way into a new rhythm that accommodates the newest* arrival into our family.  The beginning was a little bit rough because he had jaundice, which made him lethargic. He slept too much, didn't eat enough, which made him want to sleep more, and so on and so forth. And I did not know!  I was sure he was sleeping too much, but for once I didn't give in to my paranoia and turn to the Internet to try to find out why.  So, I wasn't aware of the downward spiral he was on until we took him for his 8-day check-up.  Thankfully, waking him to breast feed at regular intervals and giving him daily stints in the sunshine helped get him back on track. It was rough going for a while because we had to set alarms throughout the night to wake him and make him eat.**  He is waking on his own now, and that is a lot more restful for this momma's mind and body.

To make things more interesting, J got the flu and was out of commission for a little while. On the upside, Sprout only had a brief "ill spell" with a couple of days of fever, and I got a minor achy throat, followed by a cough and phlegmy chest. Nothing too bad. Junebug, however, seemed to get the worst of it in that he is pretty stopped up and it has lasted more than a week.  The poor guy really doesn't appreciate having his sinuses rinsed, but that is the only thing to do at this point, says his pediatrician.

Sprout loves her baby brother and has a plethora of nicknames for him that she came up with herself, among them Juney, June Buggy, Juicy, JB... It isn't all roses and pet names, though.  Her shapeshifting (now more identity shifting) includes being Junebug, an obvious desire for more attention.

And because I did say this was a hodgepodge post, please read this entry by asakiyume and sign the mentioned petition if you feel so inclined.

Speaking of news and true reporting, this weekend promises to be exciting in terms of protests.  Expats are being advised to limit their movements and stay at home if possible so as not to be caught in riots, etc.  Looks like the upcoming elections are going to bring a return of "excitement" to our lives. ::sigh::
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* newest and last, I want to write, but Sprout informed me that we are not yet finished making babies because we failed to deliver the asked for sister. :P Not that my 3 year old gets the last word on this topic.

** Despite these problems, Junebug is nowhere near being labeled as failing to thrive, like Sprout was. Breast feeding is going much more smoothly this time, and he is quite the chubby baby.

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frigg
Mar. 27th, 2014 11:27 pm (UTC)
Better get started on that sister. ;)
dlandon
Mar. 28th, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that Junebug is thriving now, and that you were able to figure out what was going on. Equally glad breastfeeding is going better. Stay safe and hope you can stay home, though I know being cooped up inside is no fun.

- D
queenoftheskies
Mar. 28th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hope everyone is feeling better now.

Stay safe. ::HUGS::
xjenavivex
Mar. 28th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
::hugs you:: I am so glad your ick was mild and that Sprout didn't have much. I sorry about J and Junebug.
asakiyume
Mar. 28th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I love Sprout's nicknames for Junebug--I feel like they should be in a song.

Stay safe--and it occurs to me that with outside entertainment curtailed, you could follow frigg's directive :-)

Meanwhile the petition is up to 400+ signatures! **hoping it does some good**

And an ETA to cover the stuff I left out--mainly applause and happiness for the easier breastfeeding and boos for Julien and Junebug's ick.

Edited at 2014-03-28 11:58 pm (UTC)
khiemtran
Mar. 29th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
Interesting! I never knew babies could sleep too much.
mindseas
Mar. 29th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that Junebug is doing well breastfeeding.

Hope the protests are peaceful
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