We have M’s family visiting us; they’re in the middle of a three week stay. My dad just left after being here for a week. I have seen more of my mother, sister, stepfather, and step-grandparents this week than we normally see in a year.

They are all here to help with and celebrate the new baby, but somehow I am exhausted just thinking about the things we’ve done in the past week. Which include hosting a large party, going out for a nice dinner and playing at a bookstore, visiting the aquarium, and spending the day at a town fair. only the last made me so exhausted and hungry i became ill but the regimen has generally featured less lying about in bed admiring my new baby than i or my midwife might like.

tomorrow we leave for four days on cape cod.

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