First, a little housekeeping…
Annabelle reading to “baby brother.”
I have so many posts written, waiting only for proofreading, pictures, and a title, but as you can see, they’re just not getting published. I’m grateful that no one has given me a hard time! I plan to resume the math and language series just as soon as I catch my breath. Most of my online reading is happening on my phone at the moment, so I’m seeing everything, but not clicking through to interact as much as usual. I’m missing the connection, but enjoying the snuggles that I’m getting instead! Do know that I’m still reading.
I skipped the July edition of Culinary Wanderings, and am trying to decide whether or not to continue with that. I don’t feel like the format is working terribly well, and it may be that those who come here just don’t come looking for recipes. I’m thinking I’ll switch either to a more specific format with regular prompts that others can write to as well if they want to join in, or will scratch it altogether. I’d love feedback on whether you’ve found those posts useful in the past, would prefer a different format, or aren’t digging foodie posts at all.
Singing to her animals at bath time.
It’s World Breastfeeding Week! The Natural Parents Network is celebrating again, and everyone is more than welcome to join. I’d love to join the fun myself, and hope to do so before the week is out!
Also, since I do most things one-handed these days, the good camera isn’t coming out as often. That means a few poor quality cell phone photos as I attempt to capture all the goodness of now.
Elliot is already two weeks old, which blows my mind completely. It’s so stinkin’ good to have a newborn around again. He’s still a big fan of sleeping, and never being moved. I didn’t even try to put him down last week because, why? I don’t interrupt the snuggles if I don’t have to. This week, I seem to have pinched a nerve somewhere in my left arm, so I gave the whole putting the baby down thing a try, and the little guy was not impressed. Thank goodness for my new wrap! The teeny tiny prefolds that we were putting on him the first several
Annabelle the gymnast.
days of his life are already too small, and I’m pretty sure the two week growth spurt has come and gone. He’s getting bigger before our very eyes, as they all do, I suppose. We started EC right away, and are “catching” at least a few pees a day. Annabelle likes to come and stand beside him, making the cue sound. We’re a perfectly normal family in every way.
It was a really difficult week for the older three in our household, with quite a few growing pains. Annabelle stopped napping almost as soon as Elliot was born, but her body clearly still needs the rest. The overtired state she reaches by bedtime has made it hard for her to go to sleep at night, and she wakes up with (or before) the sun every morning. The exhaustion, mixed with the big emotions that a new sibling can stir up have made for some pretty serious frustration, and with all that’s going on, the husband and I have not been responding in the way that we’d like much of the time. This makes it harder than it has to be for Annabelle to deal with her emotions, and can leave me feeling like a pretty lousy parent at the end of the day.
After holding Elliot, Annabelle decided she wanted to try holding daddy, too.
Fortunately, I have a pretty great co-parent and I think the two of us have worked out ways to meet all of the needs that were going unmet. I’m sure there are more challenges to come as we all continue to adjust, but for now sleep seems to be coming and Annabelle appears to be feeling much more secure. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about all of the emotional adjustment and what we’re learning from it in the months to come.
Annabelle continues to come up with something new every day, and is currently big into pretending. When it got much too quiet upstairs the other day, I found her in the bathroom smearing toothpaste on her knee. The same knee had recently been scraped and cleaned with peroxide, so when I opened the door, she held up the toothpaste tube and said with a grin, “Are you pretending that’s peroxide!?” A few days earlier, she had picked up a stack of breast pads, placed them on her head, and informed me that she was, “pretending those are caps.” I imagine she was thinking of the book Caps For Sale at the time. We’ve been doing puzzles and things together while I nurse the wee one, and I have been surprised by how much her skills on these things have developed, too.
The daddy is home with us for another three weeks of babymooning, so there should be plenty of time for us to settle in, get to know our sweet boy, and find ways to enjoy life together as four.
The rest of the week’s photos…
The angle makes the poor boy’s neck appear far more bent than it actually was! A favorite sleeping position.
Not the most precious of his expressions, but isn’t it fabulous how much that little face is filling out already!? He has an incredibly strong neck, too!
Feel free to link up with an update of your own in photos, words, or both! I’d love to read!