If this post seems disjointed, it’s because I’m still on pain meds, though I’m weaning myself off fairly well, I think. Only one yesterday and I’m aiming for only one today — down from two every six hours at the start. I’m relying on the ibuprofen for the most part as I think it’s the swelling that bothers me most. With my history, having narcotics around the house makes me nervous and I’d like to be done with them as soon as possible. (At the same time, I find myself panicked at the notion of being in pain again and finding the bottle empty. Some things never change, I guess.) Luckily, I’m more of a control freak than anything else and the fact that I’m not allowed to drive right now is making me batshit. I assume the driving restriction is related to the pain pills and hope that once I’m off, I’ll be afforded a little autonomy. We’ll see, I guess.
(I only have two restrictions: I can’t drive and I can’t lift anything heavier than the baby. Just two, but they irritate the crap out of me. Right now, there’s a box of laundry detergent sitting by the basement door waiting for someone to walk it downstairs and I can’t do it. It’s making my eye twitch.)
My mother (who has decided she would like to be called “Mimi” or “Grandma Mimi” — the best part of which is watching Fraction’s face prune as he tries to make himself say it) is visiting until the 25th. My grandfather arrives on the 21st and Fraction’s folks arrive on the 29th — our fifth wedding anniversary, as it happens. Everyone seems concerned that I’ll find all this family overwhelming, but honestly, I’m enjoying it. Who knew?
Laurenn has been absolutely indispensable — settling in like family, shuttling Grandma Mimi to and fro, keeping me calm and focused and all the while documenting Henry’s first weeks in photos I’m sure I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.
Henry’s making some sounds now — I’m off to check on him.
Oh — before I forget: has anyone out there figure out how to nurse and read at the same time?? All these baby books are so big I can’t support them with one hand! Advice welcome.