Sandy, I just wanted to tell you that I have followed your entire journey through this pregnancy and the birth of your sweet baby. I admire your strength and positive attitude so much! Now, finally being pregnant with my own baby, I can relate so much! Congratulations to you and your husband- Nick is darling!
Nick really is so beautiful! you seem so excited about MIL coming to visit! You must be lucky like I am, and have a wonderful&sweet MIL! I hope your visit goes great! I'm sure she'll be a ton of help. I bet she is more excited than you for this! Also, you'll get in the swing of doing things with Nick by yourself. You just have to keep your wits about you, take deep camling breaths and KNOW in your heart and mind that you are totally and completely capable of doing anything your little guy needs. ((hugs)) to you!
Lisa - he is darker complected than Tim, but lighter than me! I think he is right in the middle of the two of us. He definitely has that "tan" look going on!
amcmillan - You are so sweet! Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean so much to me. And CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancy!! You are about to go on the most amazing journey a woman can possibly go on (in my opinion anyway!). You and your husband are in for such a wonderful adventure!!
J - Yes, I LOVE my MIL! It's nice to see someone else who does, too. Usually when I talk about MIL coming to visit, I get comments like, "Ugh, you poor thing!" And then I have to explain that no, I actually *like* my MIL!
Lis, Sarah, Asha and Julia - Thank you for your comments! You guys are the best!
This week with MIL has been so much fun! She has been such a great help - she has done SO much for us! She took Nick for two nights so that Tim and I could sleep through the night. Although I missed Nick and kept waking up and wondering about him, it was really nice to be able to sleep in! She's also done countless loads of laundry, and has taken care of him for hours upon hours. Oh, and not to mention, cooked us lots of yummy homemade dinners! She and I also went shopping yesterday and got a ton of stuff from BRU for Nick. Tim and I even got to do date night tonight while she babysat! She is sooooo in love with her little grandbaby, and he is soooo smitten by his grandma! It's just adorable to see them together! I know she's going to bawl when she leaves early Monday morning. She'll be back out in 6 weeks though, so hopefully that'll make her feel better.
Nick has really settled into a predictable schedule now, which is so nice! He is also getting used to being awake during the day and sleeping at night, which is a relief. We're giving him a little bit of pear juice everyday to help keep his bowel movements regular, since the Karo syrup did nothing and the pediatrician said to discontinue that and try apple or pear juice.
I really love how much of a happy baby he is. I know that could still change, but for now we're loving his disposition! He fusses when he has gas or he's hungry, but as soon as we meet his needs, he settles down. He is not grouchy at all, and is really a sweet baby! He is more and more alert everyday, and loves to follow us with his eyes now. We've even been getting smiles in response to our smiles, which is sooo cool! He's starting to "talk" to us too - cooing and making little "aah" noises, which is just adorable. I love his little voice - it's so cute and tiny!
I got his baby announcements sent out on Thursday, so I'll be sure to scan one and post it here. They came out really well!
And now for picture time!
My handsome boy:
OMG the "suspicious" one is priceless!!!!
Sandy I am so glad you have such a wonderful MIL! And how nice that she is taking such good care of ya'll! Take every bit of help you can, and rest up! I am so pleased Nick is such a happy baby. T had colic, NIGHTMARE!!!!!!
Yayy for all the help from Tim's mom!!!!
Take it all!!! She enjoys it too, I bet.
about suspicious!!! I like all the love in the family pic.
what a cutie! you all look so nice in the family photo. and in the second one he looks REALLY Indian!!
So glad your MIL was so helpful and fun to be around!
I'm a little sad that MIL is gone now, but I must say, also a little relieved. I kept feeling while she was here that I wasn't really able to "practice" how it would be when Tim goes back to work. I want to be able to do stuff by myself, since I'll be alone with Nick starting Monday. And I also found out that Tim's going TDY for the military in early December. 10 days alone with a newborn!!! I hope I survive.
I am a little ticked off about what happened today. Here's a repost from my birth board:
I really don't understand what people are thinking... and a BTDT mom at that! But then again like I was telling Tim, this is the woman who took her newborn on a flight to Germany after her pediatrician told her not to - and then he got RSV. *Sigh*I have a friend who's been wanting to come visit the baby. The problem is she has preschoolers, and was wanting to bring them because they "love babies". I wasn't going to let her in the house with the kids, because of all the germs, until Nick got his 8-week shots. So I put her off. Well, she called last night and left a message asking if she could come by around 11:30 this morning. I didn't call her back, so I assumed she wouldn't just show up. WRONG! She shows up at 1 PM (1.5 hours later than she had asked to come by anyway!) and rings the doorbell. And she has both kids in tow! I didn't answer the door, so she waits and then rings again! The dogs are going crazy, and she knows we have dogs, so why would you do that?? She's had kids so she knows the drill - the baby could've been napping, I could've been napping, or countless other things. Anyway, so she finally goes away. I'm going to call her back and tell her to CALL FIRST and DON'T BRING PRESCHOOLERS TO SEE A NEWBORN! You would think she would know better because she's always saying how her son got sick all the time as a newborn because she wasn't vigilant about germs.
Gifts for Nick have been trickling in! I am surprised at how generous people are (*cough*Asha*cough*). Even people who've never met us before from MIL's work sent us a whole lot of stuff. We've enjoyed opening all the packages! I should've bought "Thank You" cards, but so far I've just been sending out Thank You e-cards and Thank You emails.
Now that Nick's here, adoption agencies have been contacting us again. I didn't realize that they would make a notation saying I was due in October next to my number. We are not ready to start on an adoption yet. We've been talking about starting the paperwork around Nick's one year birthday, and starting the preliminary stuff around April. That should give me some time to get used to my little man! I think the hardest thing for me is the sleep deprivation. Everything is so much harder at night. I feel like a worse mom than usual, I feel like I'm running out of patience when he fusses, and I feel like things will never be easy for me again! But then the morning comes and I'm fine. I'm hoping that once he starts STTN for longer stretches things will get easier. I think we've lucked out with him anyway because he wakes up at 1 AM, 4 AM and then 7 AM so we're only really woken up twice during the night. I just wish he'd eat and then fall asleep right away, but usually it takes me a good bit to get him to go back to sleep. We're trying Tracy Hogg's method (flex scheduling) since we were already doing a semi-E.A.S.Y. routine anyway, so hopefully that will make things easier. We've transitioned him from our bed to his bassinet and he's been doing well in that. All in all, I think he's a pretty easy baby! I can't imagine being sleep deprived *and* having a high maintenance child, I think I'd go insane!
Now for pictures:
Something I sent to Tim's mom:
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I know you will do great on your own! And you know I know how tough it is!
Umm...just give me your "friends" phone number, I will handle it. LOL
Nick gets cuter every day!!
Blah, blah, blah......
I can't believe that lady. She doesn't get a clue, huh?
Heck yeah you could have been napping!!!
Sleep deprivation does suck. It is so draining to be always tired. With newborns you always have to be "on" and night doesn't mean sleep like it used to. It's not like you can sleep through it to recharge. There is no shame in being cranky or inpatient in the evening. It will get better.
I believe all new moms should be excused from THANK YOU NOTES!
Use the time for some sleep!