|Such a sweet big brother!!|
Every other time I had brought a baby home, it had been really hectic and stressful
THANK YOU STUPID HORMONES. Ian had screamed constantly and RARELY slept, and then when I brought each additional baby home, there was already another little person or two or three who still needed me EVERY! MINUTE! But this time was WONDERFUL! Ian and David were old enough to help Marie and Joseph if they needed anything, but Marie and Joseph were old enough that they really could do most things for themselves. David, Marie, and Joseph were FASCINATED with our new baby and loved to hold him and look at him and do anything I needed them to do to help (run diapers back and forth, sit by the baby so I could use the bathroom BY MYSELF, etc...). They honestly acted like this baby was the BEST! PRESENT! EVER!.....and it made me sad that I would never be able to give them the BEST! PRESENT! EVER! again.
|The tiny newborn feet and scrunched up legs!!!|
Before Jeffrey was born, I talked to our family medical professional about our history of screaming babies and asked if we could start this one on Zant@c as soon as he came home from the hospital. We did that, and, at the magical 3 week point at which his previous 3 siblings had started the hours-long nightly scream, he started.....the nightly fuss! He got a little grumpy, but he did not scream for hours and hours like those before him!!
|The toesies! And the face! And the velvet-soft baby hair!|
So, you know how sometimes the Mean Voice in your head (Um, if you've never heard the Mean Voice in YOUR head, you might want to just skip the rest of this and kindly not inform me that I'm