be careful what you wish for

For instance, I wished I had a mobile for Nicholas.

My auntie Lee heard this from my mom and sent us the best darn mobile that money could buy, the

Fisher Price Rainforest Peek-A-Boo Leaves Musical Mobile.


The bond was immediate and I have to admit, slightly frightening.


Suddenly, Nicholas wanted nothing to do with us. We'd enter his room and instead of the big gummy smiles we were accustomed to, he would barely glance at us. Nap? Who needs a nap? He wanted to play! Bedtime? fuggedaboutit. For reals. The baby would not sleep.

I tried a couple of different things.

First, I covered it up.


You can see here that the boy was not fooled.  All this got me was one ticked off 9 week old.  Feeling desperate, I tried again.


As you can probably imagine, this did not go over well.

And, Patrick needed his sock back.

We resigned ourselves to a new way of life, one that revolved not around feeding and sleeping but rather around such things as battery life and determining which "mode" he was in the mood for.

It took some time but we've adapted pretty well.  He is still meeting his milestones and gaining weight so the doctor said not to worry, this should pass eventually.

I have to admit, though, it is pretty hard getting in that crib to nurse him.

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Of course, I am kidding.  I wanted to write about how much the boy loves this mobile and this little scenario popped into my mind.  :)  He seriously loves it and it did hog his attention for a couple of days but now he just loves it in a normal way.  I have also laid him down a couple of times with just the soft light and rainforest sounds on and he has drifted off to sleep...just like a baby in a commercial!  A-mazing.

Thank you Auntie Lee!

I have the best aunts.  Seriously.  My grandma raised some wonderful women.  (my mom being one of them.)  I've always wanted to write about my struggles with James when he was a newborn and how much Lee helped me through them.  She is an RN in a NICU in St. Paul and also a lactation specialist.  (I'm sorry, I don't know her official title.)  James had food allergies (unknown to us at the time so I was not eliminating the stuff that probably caused him lots of pain), he was a tiny little thing and he had a tight frenulum that no one noticed until Lee did.  Breastfeeding did not come easy to us but it was sooooooo important to me.  She spent so many hours on the phone with me encouraging me and trying to help me figure out the whole nursing thing and just new motherhood in general.  It was amazing to have her support.  I remember her calling one morning and I was so happy because James had slept one five hour stretch the night before.  He was EIGHT weeks old and he had just given me a 5 hour stretch.  Oh my gosh...that was hard.  I was one tired mama.  (Ruby and Nicholas came out sleeping 4-5 hour stretches.  Thank God.)

So, that is a little bit about Lee, another member of this amazing family I have been blessed with. 

I mean really, in house lactation consulting AND awesome mobiles??  fuggedaboutit.

Comments

  1. I don't even know what a frenulum is...damn, she IS good... but I do know that aunt Lee puts on a really good Thanksgiving Dinner. I wish I was related to her. Patrat is lucky to have gotten in with your clan :) love, cher
    PS-my word verification is 'sycho'. WT...

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  2. THIS WAS A GREAT ONE STEPH! I LOVE IMAGINING YOU CRAWLING INTO THE CRIB TO NURSE HIM. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU SOON! SHOULD I MAKE A PAN OF LASAGNA OR SOMETHING...WHAT SOUNDS GOOD?
    XOXO,
    COUSINTINE

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  3. THIS WAS A GREAT ONE STEPH! I LOVE IMAGINING YOU CRAWLING INTO THE CRIB TO NURSE HIM. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU SOON! SHOULD I MAKE A PAN OF LASAGNA OR SOMETHING...WHAT SOUNDS GOOD?
    XOXO,
    COUSINTINE

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  4. Sarah, just bring your sweet self. I was thinking brats & burgers with a big salad for the other night...something easy. Does that sound good? Maybe some sangria, too. ;)

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  5. ok, that picture of Nicholas with the sock over his eyes has me cracking up! Hi-larious.

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