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Lily, Carl, and Paul
We spent a day with Lily and Carl, both 33, who live in Alameda, California, with their 3-week-old son, Paul. Lily is a graduate student, and Carl works as an engineer.
After birth, Paul lost nearly 10 percent of his birth weight. To help him regain his lost weight, Lily and Carl try to make sure he eats at least every three hours. Paul is exclusively breastfed.
Photos by Steve LaBadessa
Lily changes Paul's wet diaper. Lily says that before having Paul, "I never changed a diaper before. You pick it up pretty quickly. You should buy stock in diaper companies."
Paul gets a morning feeding. “No one talked much about the difficulties of breastfeeding. Do your research up front to be prepared," says Lily.
Paul snuggles up with Dad before going down for a couple more hours of sleep. (Carl is on leave from work this week.)
Carl changes Paul's wet diaper. Lily says, "Carl was worried he wouldn’t connect with the baby right away. Then he fell in love with Paul immediately."
Carl makes breakfast.
While Paul eats, Carl serves Lily breakfast in bed.
Carl gently pats Paul on the back to burp him.
Time for another diaper change.
Paul snuggles up with Dad while Carl gets some work done on his tablet.
Less than 30 minutes later, it's time for another new diaper.
Paul gets some tummy time on the changing table.
Paul falls asleep on Mom.
While Paul finishes his nap on Carl's lap, Lily opens gifts. Her lifelong friend Sandy has come from Los Angeles to help out for four days. They've talked about having kids since they were 5 years old.
Carl microwaves some lasagna for lunch.
Paul's ready for lunch, too. After he eats, his grandparents come over for a short visit.
Mom gives Paul another diaper change.
Now that he's cleaned up, it's time to play with Mom on the changing table.
Carl and Lily take Paul to the pool for some fresh air. Paul takes a little snooze in Dad's arms.
Time to eat!
Paul takes a nap swaddled in his crib until 5:30.
Carl tries to put Paul in a clean diaper, but Paul won't cooperate. He rapidly pees through four.
Dad reads a book to Paul while Mom gets a chance to eat dinner.
Family time on the patio.
Carl takes a work call while Paul naps in his arms.
Time for Paul's dinner.
The family takes an evening walk on the Alameda beach.
Time to eat again.
Another meal means another diaper change for Paul.
Mom and Dad read to Paul.
After another feeding and a diaper change, Paul goes down for the night.
To ensure that Paul eats often enough, Lily uses an alarm clock to wake herself up for feedings at night. Waking up Paul can be a little trickier. She usually removes his diaper or tickles his feet to wake him up. Sometimes he falls back asleep while he’s nursing and needs to be woken up again.
Paul goes back to sleep in his crib.
Lily gets Paul up again for a diaper change and another meal.
After eating, Lily changes Paul's poopy diaper, then puts him back to sleep in his crib. He'll be up again around 6 a.m. for another feeding.