Friday, November 20, 2009

Where we are Today

Wowee. I've just reread that last post and realized that my brain is a BIT scattered these days and I don't think this post is going to be any better. Can you blame me? On the plus side, Josh and Owen took simultaneous naps for over an hour in their own beds this afternoon. I managed to box up my maternity clothes and clean one bathroom in that hour. For those keeping score, that totals 2 hours of the day in which I was not holding Josh (the other being while he napped in the carseat), 2 naps in his own crib this week, 3 loads of laundry needing to be done, and one bathroom cleaned. The whole family is coming into town for Thanksgiving next week. Looks like the theme is going to be, "If you want a clean plate, shirt, or bathroom, you'll have to wash it yourself."

But that's how these weeks are supposed to be, right? Josh will never be this small again, never sleep so easily in our arms, and never be so oblivious to the chaos around him as he's crashed out in the Moby wrap. As much as I am appalled by my lack of productivity, I am truly enjoying having those 7 pounds of sweetness around me all day. I have decided that Josh has the most kissable head ever.
A few people have asked how Josh's tummy is faring. Josh started exhibiting some classic reflux signs last week (screaming after eating, arched back, angry on his back, and gurgly/choking sounds at random while resting), so we started him on Baby Zantac this week. Hopefully, taking action early will help us avoid the series of reflux related posts that dominated this blog 2 years ago. Fingers crossed.

Owen continues to be mesmorized by his baby brother. We're working on "giving Josh some space," but the brother love makes the challenging times more worth it. I set Josh down on the floor on Sunday and Owen quickly gathered a whole pile of his toys to entertain him... and THEN proceeded to sit down and read Josh a book. Seriously?

Owen has also asked to feed Josh from his own tummy and likes to drag over a stool to watch me changing the baby's diaper. Unfortunately, he also gets pretty mad when the other kids at daycare want to [GASP!] look at the baby, but that protective big brother roll is pretty cute for a 2 year old.
In this midst of our transition into a family of 4, Owen is taking full advantage of our worn our state, and managing to get a lot of "extras" that wouldn't normally come his way. I found myself stocking up on stickers and other easy craft supplies this week to help keep him occupied and I'm about ready to make a massive donation to PBS - Praise God for Sesame Street! He's also fully embraced the concept of DESSERT and is mysteriously unable to eat any of his dinner unless the cookie ultimatum ("no cookies unless you finish your meat") has been issued. Is bribery the answer? No. Is my toddler that hasn't gained a pound in 6 months finally consuming some calories. Yes. Enough said.

I am endlessly thankful for my amazing mommy friends right now. We have wonderful meals arriving at our house 2-3 times/week and I guess that is scheduled to continue well into December. Many of those meal deliveries also come with a short play date for Owen and adult conversation for me during the dreaded 4 PM witching hour. Glorious!

The latest Owen funny:
Mom: Owen, are you feeling a bit crabby?
Owen: No. Lobster.


Colleen said...

I love your theme for this upcoming week! And Owen is so sweet with Josh. I am glad he's in love with his baby bro! I also love your attitude, I am feeling the same way, who cares if stuff gets done (although packing for our trip must get done, I suppose!)? This time is so fleeting, I can't believe Tommy was 5 weeks old today. Crazy. Hopefully Josh's tummy troubles pale in comparison to Owen's. We've got some lovely spitting going on too, sometimes I wonder if Tommy's keeping any in! Have a wonderful, family-filled Thanksgiving! I am thankful for you, my friend! I love reading about the things you are going through, as it feels so familiar!

Carmen Goetschius said...

Love, love, love this "Owen funny"!!! Today I am feeling a bit lobster as well!

Glad you have good friends bringing food over. And I am sure everyone will be happy to wash clothes/dishes/bathrooms just to kiss that kissable head next week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sara said...

I wouldn't worry too much about cleaning, as Calla will be happy to come and redistribute everything anyway! Oh, and share her baby Zantac with Josh. Just filled a new prescription today, after a 9-month hiatus. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the pictures of Owen and Josh - they are precious!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the rest of my family!! It will be nice to have Grandma and Grandpa at our house for Oyster po-boy night (Wednesday), and for Thanksgiving - it's been over 20 years since they've had Thanksgiving with us!!! They are doing great!! Love, Aunt Tracey

Cailean said...

It's so fun to see your life with two cutie kids. You are doing a great job!