Sunday, August 26, 2007

Resuming Normalcy

Things are starting to get back to normal. It's amazing that in just 6 short weeks having Joey here is so normal. It's like he's always been here. He is doing MUCH better sleeping. Apparently he still wanted to be swaddled like a little baby burrito. I don't know why he didn't just say so... but, after much trial and error I finally figured it out. I'm sure he was like, "it's about freakin' time, lady!"

2 of my friends from work came over yesterday. It was so good to finally see them. I won't miss working, but I will miss the people that I worked with. It felt great to get in on all the gossip again! scandals and face lifts... I love it! I think Joey and I will venture over there next week while everyone is getting ready for the first day of school. I'm going to be honest, it will be a little difficult to see some other teacher in my classroom setting up her stuff and working with my team. But I take one look at Joey and know that my decision to stay home is 100% worth it, and I don't regret it at all.... it is just hard to believe that that chapter of my life is closed. To be honest, I'm not really sure how anyone can leave their new baby at daycare and head off to work like it's nothing. I have a hard enough time leaving him with Ron while I go to the post office. But to each their own, I suppose.

Joey is getting baptized today. The navy wouldn't let Kevin leave, so he won't be there, and my sister threw her back out and spent the day in the emergency room yesterday, so she may not be there, depending on what kind of shape she is in today. They are Joey's Godparents... I guess we'll have to hire actors to play their parts! :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Baby Smiles

Joey is smiling! They call this the "social smile," as opposed to the involuntary sleep smiles that babies do since birth. He has actually smiled in response to me talking and smiling at him. It is the cutest thing! Every time he does it, it makes all the sleeplessness, breastfeeding battles, and everything else totally 100% worth it.

On to next topic: sleeplessness. I feel like I'm never going to sleep at night again. Joey is sleeping less at night now than he was at 2 weeks. I don't know what is going on or what to do about it. He just does not want to sleep in his bassinet at night. I think he gets lonely, and just wants to be held. I can't hold him all night... doesn't he know that??? Well, I could, but I've always been against babies in the bed and I can't revert to that now. I think I might start putting him to sleep on his (gasp) side instead of his back. ssshhh... don't tell the SIDS police! I wish I could put him on his tummy but I'm too afraid to. Maybe when he is a little older, taking less nose dives into the mattress.

It is just so hard to remind myself that this too shall pass. I know when he gets older and bigger he will be more regular and sleep on somewhat of a schedule, but it is hard to remind myself of that at 3:00 in the morning when he is wide awake staring at me for some night-time entertainment. What is he doing right now, you might be asking???? sleeping. obviously.


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