Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Newsletter: Month 1

Dear Monkey,

It has been one month since you officially joined the family, in the flesh, and it seems we have had a pretty good start. Of course all you do is eat, sleep and poop but as easy as that sounds it ain’t so much. This is because we have our schedule, that we’ve had for much longer than you I might add, and you have your own schedule and they are at constant odds with each other. Right now you are in the lead but not without a fight from me. That fight centers around sleeping and swaddling.

For the first few weeks of your life you slept on me and while that provided comfort emotionally for both you and me it did not provide comfort for me physically as I was on my back and at an angle. Not to mention you were wide awake come 2 in the AM while the rest of the free world was asleep.

About a week ago I decided to finally make my move and I was determined to get you to sleep in your bassinet, and here it is…while swaddled. You fight the swaddle but when you finally accept your fate you are able to get a couple of hours of shut eye. Plus I’m the master swaddler and there ain’t no way you are breakin free of that one no matter how much grunting and Houdini antics you try. Just as your brother! In the latter part of the month your days and nights are becoming more in line with NORMAL human beings, there is hope for a somewhat normal schedule yet.

You will soon discover that it is all about schedule with your mom, this is what I do for a living and it translates to a happy mom. I can plan for stuff and get stuff done oh and sleep which is my most favorite thing to do in the entire world. Now your bother was a most excellent sleeper when he got the hang of it and I expect no less from you young man. You still have a couple of months to work on it but come month four…sleeping through the night, ok…you have one pass a night and getting up at 9:30 in the am is expected and I know it can be done. Get to it.

You and I have been sequestered for this first month, your dad and I think it is best in order to prevent untimely illness while your immune system is still trying to kick in, we know we can’t protect you from getting sick your entire life but if we can prevent it these first few weeks while we are all trying to get used to each other then we all benefit.

You are growing with intensity and vigor. That explains the eating you require every waking moment it seems. When you become a man my guess is that you will be a boob man since that is what you are all about, I have a sneaking suspicion you are using me as a human pacifier. Ouch.

Your dad, brother and I are so happy you finally joined us; you are fitting into our family just fine.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Happy 4th of July

This year we kept it low key because your brother is still so new to the world, we grilled and had steak and yummy veggies then we finished up the night with fireworks. You and your Dad had a great time lighting the sparklers, snakes and blackcats.

4th of July

You experienced your first 4th of July celebration this year. The 4th of July is Independence Day and honors the birthday of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

This year we kept it low key because you are still so new to the world, we had steak that we grilled and yummy food, all standard operations on this day, and we finished up the night with fireworks. You slept through most of the activity but your brother and our neighbor had a great time.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Two Week Checkup

I am happy to report you are doing great and growing like a weed. Weighing in at 6 lbs 9 ounches and measuring 19 1/4 inches long. Normally babies are at their birthrate (5 lbs 11 ounces) at the two week are almost up an entire pound over your birth weight, don't I know it. BIG EATER.

Everyone says you are so little and you prolly are but mommy doesn't think so. You are just right and you are a Wayne and you will show them! You'll be top of the class when you get ready.

Your two week habits...sleeping during the day and not so much at night. Plus you only like to sleep on Mommy. Yeah, we put a stop to that last night. Although you are too young to understand what is happening it is for your own good and mommy's sanity. I moved you to the co-sleeper last night and after a lengthy episode of crying you settled down and excepted your fate and slept for three hours straight...on your own. Progress, that's all I can hope for.

Your first fourth of July is coming up this weekend and we plan on having a good time and fun with the neighbors and fireworks.

You have begun to hold your head up really good and with tummy time you seem to be getting stronger and stronger.

Your dad thinks you don't like him but I assure him it is only a matter of time before you can't spend enough time with him and want nothing to do with mommy...your brother did the same thing.

Let's work on altering your sleeping patterns to normal human beings, hopefully we're on the right track.

48 Months

Dear Bugamug,

June 26th you turned four. Holy cow I have a four year old.

Congratulations son you became a big brother on June 12th and you handled it like a pro. Mom went into labor early in the morning on the 12th and you went to the hospital with your dad and me. Mommy was in a lot of pain and you kept telling me on the way it would be ok. Thank you baby…It really helped me hearing you say that. I thought yeah…everything is going to be ok with all my boys with me soon.

The last month leading up to your birthday has been busy around the house getting ready for your little brother. You and I spent time on the weekends at the pool. I really enjoyed that time with you, especially knowing in a few weeks my time would be divided.

You are doing great at school. Your friend that we will call ‘D’ moved up to your class and we were starting to see the bad behavior pattern start again. Thankfully you showed such a great response when you were by yourself in that class the teachers were able to see what the catalyst was…’D’. We spoke to your teachers and they said they are going to try to keep you apart and they plan on moving you up to 500 in August…at this rate you will be graduating high school in three years.

Your progress has been substantial; you can write your name and numbers. You are learning to spell and all in two short months of being in your new class. It is amazing what you pick up if you are not distracted by trouble makers.

I love seeing you with your brother. As soon as you get home from school you wash your hands and want to hold him. The other night your dad mentioned something to you about your brother crying and you replied “That is just what he does”. Another time when your brother was upset you asked your dad to sing to him the song he used to sing to you ‘Rock a Bye Baby’. Your dad and I can’t believe you remember that…you were two.

Right now you are into Taekwondo and you love to swim. Taekwondo has taken a back seat the last few weeks and you missed getting your third stripe and the opportunity to test for the next belt. This upcoming month we should be able to get you back on track. You are doing a great job at the pool, your dad and I are looking into lessons for you but with your dad’s impending knee surgery we may have to put that off a few weeks and go to QLS.

Mema came to stay with us for a week to spend some time with you while I was in the hospital with your brother. You two got to know each other a lot better and you tested her…it’s what you do. Your dad and I were very glad she was able to come in a help and spend time with you.

For your birthday we had a low key cake and presents on Thursday and you and your dad went to the movies on Saturday to see WAL-E. You sorta liked the movie, according to your dad but you got scared in some places.

You have been exceptionally understanding these last few weeks, your dad and I can’t get over how grown up and mature you’ve been regarding your brother. You have been very attentive and caring as I knew you would be. Don’t ever lose those qualities.

Goodbye three year old…hello four year old and what we all grow as a family of four together.