It worked out perfectly that he was there for a couple weeks before Timmy came and exactly a couple weeks after. The girls took his sudden departure in stride. I will miss the sound of him giving them a bath, and not just because it means I am not the one doing it. "Wash yourself all over! Your arms, your legs, your face! Wash your butt too!" He had his own way of doing things, that's for sure. Hopefully he's relaxing now, because he sure needs it after almost 4 weeks of taking care of my two rambunctious girls.
My mom arrives in 5 days, and she will be staying for a week. I can't wait until she gets here. I am (mostly) doing fine here alone, but I am really hating afternoons. The literature I read says that newborns are supposed to sleep upward of 16 hours a day. But nobody told Timmy that. Ever since day 3 or 4 of his life, he has been a very alert baby for the most part. He wants to be held all the time, and during the day only sleeps in the car or in the sling. Right now I'm enjoying a rare moment where he naps on his own. I have been missing out on my beloved nap (wahhh!). I spend the whole 90-minute window of Delaney's quiet time trying to get him to sleep, trying every trick in the book -- bouncing, jiggling, nursing, swaddling, rocking, walking, bouncing, jiggling, nursing.. Just when I think I'm making making progress, his eyes pop open so wide you can see the whites all around. Then, as soon as nap time/ quiet time is over for the girls, with his belly full, he falls blissfully asleep for three hours.
|I had time to paint their toenails!|
|Payback time for Timmy as I let his sisters wake him up from his long nap|
I know from past experience that this too shall pass, before I know it, and I will have Timmy on some kind of routine in a month or two.
Other than the napping issue, Timmy has been doing great. He's a good nurser, and he's growing fast. As of August 3, Sherry's last visit, he weighed 8 lbs 12 oz. So at one week and two days, he was already 9 oz over his birth weight. He already looks a lot different than he did when he was born. He's not as scrawny looking, for sure.
|2 weeks old|