Isn't sleep AMAZING?
I mean really, if you haven't thought about it, let me assure you that sleep is quite possibly one of the best things ever. My plan to sleep on-and-off all day yesterday went to hell in a handbasket, because Eva has decided to cluster-feed in the mornings and I had a lot of phone calls to make in the afternoon - But we went to bed at about 9, and slept until 10 this morning. Even allowing for feeding time, that has to be a good 7 or 8 hours there. I am a new woman!
I also promised you a cute cat story, I believe. Well, all during the pregnancy I was concerned about how the cats were going to react to a strange new living thing in their home, because there was just no way to warn them in advance and get them used to the idea. The day after she was born Doc brought home a hat Eva had been wearing in the hospital to give the cats something to sniff, but they didn;t seem that interested apparently.
When we brought Evalyn home for the first time, we put the carrier down in the middle of the living room and waited to see what the cats would do,.. They ignored it and the baby, totally oblivious to anything unusual or new. However it was just about time for Eva to eat, so she soon started to fuss, and began crying. I picked her up to feed her, sat down in the rocking chair and was totally engrossed in getting her to latch until Doc suddenly said "Look behind you!" Edith had jumped up onto the cat-condo, so that she could look over my shoulder and see the baby! I very carefully swung myself round a bit so she could get a better view, and she started purring and climbed to the arm of the chair for a closer look. Nancy meanwhile had put her ears down at the first sound of trouble, and legged it outside.
Edith has been as interested in the baby ever since, later that same afternoon Doc C was holding his daughter and offered her head to Edith so she could sniff it. Edith did, and then affectionately head-bumped her. It was just adorable. Don't worry though that's as close as Edith is allowed to the baby, I don't want to get my baby covered in cat fur or accidentally scratched by an over-enthusiastic paw pat.
I don't like to anthropomorphise animals, but it's hard not to sometimes. Edith genuinely seems to want to help, or at least she wants to express her affection for us by being affectionate towards the human-kitten we've brought home. One of my favourite things so far has been to see Edith purposely sit somewhere where she can see the baby and just gaze at her. It's a bit too adorable to feel real, if you know what I mean, but that's fine with me!