It’s been 8 weeks since Baby Boy was born, and things are finally getting back to “normal” around here, with the addition of a baby, of course! I’m getting to the point where I can take care of him and keep up with the house, too. It helps that he is taking longer naps now, and that he actually enjoys sitting in his bouncy seat and watching me wash dishes, fold laundry, etc. (Side note: I enjoy taking Baby Boy for walks in the Ergo baby carrier, but can anyone really get any housework done while wearing your baby? I’ve tried, but with him on my front, I can’t get close enough to the sink to do dishes without splashing him, and folding towels is quite awkward. Maybe when he is old enough to hold his head really well and I can switch to wearing him on my back.)
He even seems to like watching me crochet, for a while at least, if I constantly tell him what I’m doing (“chain 1, 2, 3, double crochet, chain 1, 2, 3…”). I try to read to him for at least a few minutes every day. Mainly we read nursery rhymes, but I’ve also started reading him the original Winnie-the-Pooh. He also is with us when Hubby and I do our morning Bible reading together.
Baby Boy is a cheerful little fellow. He smiles a lot and is generally content, unless he is hungry or needs a diaper change. We are so blessed that he is now part of our family. We hope that he will eventually learn his real name, because we tend to refer to him as “Punchkin” (an accidental blend of “pumpkin” and “munchkin” that stuck), “Doo-dad” (don’t know how that started), or “D.L.F.” (short for “Dear Little Fellow”), out of one of the Narnia books.
Other than that, I’ve been hammering out thank-you cards for all of the baby gifts we received. We were blessed to be given three baby showers, which really took care of 95% of the things we needed for Baby Boy. We’ve hardly had to buy anything baby-related. One of the things we’ve bought was a pack of pacifiers. Before Baby Boy was born, I was pretty set against using pacifiers. I was determined to nurse “on demand” whenever the baby got fussy. But I’ve realized that sometimes Baby Boy likes to just sit in his bouncy chair and suck away on the pacifier and contemplate the world. Besides, he seems to do better when I give him good, full feedings every 2 1/2 hours or so, rather than just “snacking” here and there.