Baby and I went to see the nurse at the Plunket Family Centre this morning, to discuss how we've been getting on in the eating and sleeping department (Baby's, not mine). She confirmed that I should try to feed Baby as often as I can during the day, and that I should keep trying to extend her naps.
The nurse told me I was doing a great job on looking after Baby - I wonder how many times I have to hear this before I actually start believing it?
Her main message to me was, in short, that I should loosen up. My anxious nature and my personal leaning towards organised living, are getting in the way of enjoying life as a mum.
In future I'll try not to avoid social gatherings just because they might make Baby overtired (because she's going to deal with it, as all babies do), and I'm going to have to get over the whole breastfeeding in public thing.
I was also encouraged to put Baby to bed with the minimum of fuss - no prolonged rocking crooning. How liberating was that!
After that ra-ra session, I felt like an ice cream. It was absolutely delicious.