Tuesday, February 09, 2010

4 weeks

Really quick post here, as I need to take a nap while both boys are asleep.

On the road to recovery after colds all around. I'd forgotten how miserable it is trying to use a bulb syringe on a baby. I've given him several bloody noses accidentally. He understandably hates the thing. Le Toddler Extraordinaire on the other hand, loves it, and wants to try to use it on himself every time he sees it. He has been throwing "collapse in a heap on the floor" tantrums a bit more often lately, which I am blaming on getting used to not as much mommy time as well as being sleepy from going to bed late a lot lately and on being sick as well. The Baby has not been sleeping in the mornings the past couple days, I think I need to start trying to have "oh, he's awake?" playtime on a blanket on the floor, if I can figure out how to keep Toddler from killing him in his efforts to play with him and help mommy take care of Baby. He needs a LOT of reminders right now to be soft, be nice, don't pick up the baby, don't throw things on the baby, don't touch the baby's eyeballs, don't put things in the baby's mouth, don't try to scalp the baby with your spoon or your fingers or anything else, etc. Don't get me wrong, he adores his little brother, he just doesn't know how to interact with him yet and is starting to lose patience with me telling him the baby is too small for this or that or any of the other things that he wants to do together. It is the cutest thing ever when he kisses the top of the Baby's head though. His brother gets better kisses than either I or Husband do.

I need new nicknames for everybody.

Taking care of two kids is really, really, really hard. I am utterly exhausted all the time, and they seem to manage to end up crying at the same time frequently, resulting in me having to pick which one can keep crying for awhile while I take care of the other. The lack of sleep is making me prone to grumpiness and intense frustration when Baby is crying and I can't do anything to get him to stop. Though, I have discovered he likes the noise of the dishwasher. The washing machine, unfortunately, doesn't work the same way, but the dishwasher noise often helps him fall asleep. So, I guess I ought to do dishes more often. I don't think I am going to be able to go shopping in the future without the baby carrier, it is impossible to fit the infant carseat with it's child-owner and the Toddler both in a shopping cart at once if I want to be able to put any actual food in there too. Plus, carseat = ridiculously heavy. So, we got an infant insert for our baby carrier and I will be using that for the grocery shopping until he's big enough to hold up his head on his own, at which time we can leave the infant insert at home.

Still having some feeding problems. Pain and discomfort. Working on it, hoping it will get better (it is a little better than it was a couple weeks ago), not using pronouns or subjects for the sentences, whatever.

We got the new Super Mario game for the Wii and have been playing it together. We just beat World 8 and unlocked the Star World. It's really fun, though I am ridiculously bad at it and the only reason we made it through is because Husband has played a lot of Mario and is good at it. I love being able to play at the same time rather than having to take turns.

The End. Time to sleep.


Anonymous said...

"Don't try to scalp the baby..." I love it. There are just some thing you never think you'll end up saying. But you do. (and then crack up at the ridiculousness of what you just said)
I changed my kid names from anime to names from literature. More accessible, I think.
I'm just glad that I have two sides to my lap, right now. How do we manage when we have more than two, I wonder?
what kind of infant insert are you talking about? I can't seem to picture it.
~hug~ I hope you guys have a wonderful day!

Marci said...

I'm sorry to hear that things are rough right now. Fortunately things do get better (I promise they do!) as everyone adjusts to their new roles. Still, it makes me wonder how mom had seven of us?!

Eric got Mario Bros Wii from Mom and Dad for Christmas and Rob and I promptly stole it from him to play. I credit our early success with my formative years being filled with Super Mario Nintendo. Of course, Rob is the only reason we got through the penguin or boo levels.

Lots of love to your little family!