Our two little ones have fallen under the influence of a little cold. What a dreary and annoying and messy thing a minor cold is... The blue bulb syringe and I have spent some quality time together, and I can now share with you that it works much better on almost-3-year-old nostrils than wee tiny 3-week-old nostrils. Fortunately no one has a fever or is too miserable and Violet is not so stuffed up to have trouble nursing; I just get to deal with lots of Kleenex and runny noses and snot.
In other bodily function news, Violet has not pooped since midday on Friday. This would be freaking me out a lot more if this were my first baby; I had a few friends with babies right around Grace's age who would sometimes go multiple days between bowel movements. Apparently it isn't too out of the ordinary for some breastfed babies to do this. It does concern us a little bit, though, because it's more normal for a 3-month-old than a 3-week-old. Tomorrow I'm going to break down and call the pediatrician for reassurance, with Rob's blessing. Dealing with pediatricians is always somewhat complicated when you are married to one; on the whole, it's made me realize what they are trained for and what they're not trained for. (Let's just say I won't be asking my child's pediatrician for advice on breastfeeding problems or sleep anytime soon.) It is always good to have a neutral party to bounce ideas off of, though, so I'll call tomorrow to hopefully get reassured that this is within the normal range of pooping situations.
Violet's face has started bursting into those first fleeting sleep smiles pretty frequently these days. It's so lovely to see her face break into a dimpled smile as she finishes nursing and her eyes flutter closed in sleep. It has made me realize that it will be just a few weeks before she is smiling for real, and this realization has in turn made me contemplate how soon Violet will be alert and awake and ready to play and interactive and a fuller version of the person she will eventually be. It's magical and transfixing.