Last night Dan looked at me and said, "I don't want to jinx this, but I think we have this parenting thing down."
I couldn't find some wood to knock on fast enough.
But, at the risk of jinx, things are going pretty smoothly around here. Here are some thoughts after a few nights home:
- I knew that my needs would come second to her's before I was pregnant. However, it is funny to me to watch it play out. Yesterday I had to reheat my coffee twice before I had a free hand to drink it. (Good news - coffee tastes absolutely wonderful again.) The only reason my breakfast was hot was because I stuck some oatmeal in the rice cooker, and 2 hours later I had a chance to eat it. Almond butter and jelly steel cut oats for the win.
I didn't shower or brush my teeth until well after noon. Of course, all of this was and will be completely worth it.
-Dan and I make a pretty good team. We switch off and on smoothly. However, there was a little hitch yesterday where I was in the bathroom, Dan was trying to change Ina Mae's diaper and ran out of wipes, she was screaming, the dogs were howling, Dan was trying to get me to help him. It was a mess. For the most part, I take the night shift. I am the one to feed her anyways, so it seems pretty pointless to wake Dan up when I am already up. These past two nights I have had about 5 to 6 hours of sleep, so I can't complain.
- Ina Mae loves being sung to. Whenever I start singing she opens her eyes really big and stares at me in awe. (Probably in awe of how horrible my voice is - but it stops the crying.) Her current favorites are Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Jesus Loves Me, and Hush Little Baby.
- Ina Mae has the hiccups like nobody's business. We burp her once during her meal and then after she is done eating, but it doesn't matter. Within a few minutes of eating she is hiccuping away. Poor thing - it is such a big noise for such a little girl. She doesn't seem to mind it, but I would think it would be annoying. In the hospital Dan was trying to scare her to get them to go away (just by saying, "Boo!") and one of the nurses said, "You know, it isn't that smart to scare a baby." Oops. Noted. Any tips on preventing / getting rid of hiccups in newborns?
- LIttle Miss swims in all of her newborn outfits. That doesn't stop me from doing an outfit change a day.
We have visitors to impress. Yesterday Dan's mom was able to hold her for the first time.
- Having people make us food has been awesome. My mom made us lunch on Sunday, and I had leftovers of that for lunch yesterday.
Then, we reheated pot roast leftovers for dinner with Dan's parents.
I don't know exactly what this rocking contraption is called, but I can tell it is going to be a favorite. I loved having her right next to us while we ate.
- Pandora's Lullaby station + Bath and Body works "Winter" candle + Blue Bell Ice Cream + my family = THE GOOD LIFE
-Dan goes back to work tomorrow, but my awesome family has planned shifts so I won't have a day alone with her for a few more weeks. We will miss Dan dearly.
- We have our first outing today - her first pediatrician appointment. It is in about 3 hours, so I suppose I should start getting ready now. Ha! Have a great day!