Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Are we having fun yet?

All during my pregnancy, I thought it would be Landon and Garrett who would have me all stressed out but it's actually Cole and Bella that have me overwhelmed. They're at an age where they want to do everything themselves and they think they know what's best for them....Cole's not so bad most of the time. For the most part, we can usually reason with him and he'll mostly say "okay" and do what we need him to do. Bella, on the other hand, is a huge drama queen and turns on the tears over every little thing. She will look me dead in the eye and do exactly the opposite of what I ask her to do. She told me yesterday "I'm the princess" when I asked to clean up her toys and I said "well, I'm the Queen and I'm telling you now, not asking anymore, for you to clean up your toys". With that, she huffed and puffed and stuck her bottom lip out and began to cry..."but Mommy, I want you...." that's what she says now when she wants us to feel sorry for her. And then she wants to be held and hugged but I'm onto her...I'm figuring out that this is her way of manipulating us because by the time I've hugged her and gotten her to calm down, I've completely forgotten what it is I was upset about in the first place. The guy who marries her someday will never know what hit him.....

The babies are doing well...Garrett is now eating every 4 hours, 2 ounces of formula/breast milk. The nurse yesterday told me if he can keep this up for a couple of days, he may come home on Thursday or Friday!!! I'm so ready for him to be home with us and to start getting into a routine....going back and forth to the NICU to care for one baby while having another baby at home is becoming very tiresome. There is simply not enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do....that includes grocery shopping, which I have to do today at some point....ugh!! While I was holding Garrett yesterday, I noticed he has another hemangioma on his right side, in addition to the one he has on his back. But this one on his side is larger and darker....it feels flat though, thankfully.

Landon is doing well...staying awake for longer periods of time, which is nice because he actually sleeps better after he's been awake for awhile. I put him in the swing that my friend Tori lent to us and on the slowest setting, it was still kinda fast for him...he kept looking around, with his eyes crossed, trying to figure out why the room was spinning. He looked so incredibly tiny in that swing...I've been so used to seeing my friend Bonnie's son, Chase, in it so when I put Landon in it, he looked like a tiny baby doll! The only outfits that fit him are the preemie sizes...he swims in the newborn outfits we have!! His umbilical cord finally fell off yesterday...I was starting to think he was gonna have that thing attached to him as he left for college!! So he got his first real bath yesterday and he did pretty good for the most part. He doesn't like being held when he's naked...I'm not sure if my hands were too cool or what but he freaked out when I lifted him from his towel to put him in the bathtub. But then once he was in the water, he was fine. Just looking around trying to figure what the heck was going on. I love the smell of a clean baby....I kept smelling him for hours after his bath. Even Cole and Bella smelled him and they both said "he smells good". And the bath must have completely worn him out because he slept so peacefully after that and had to be woken up for his 10:30 pm feeding!! Tim said "let's give him a bath every night".

Here's a picture of Landon in the swing...



Daddy, Cole and Landon...



Landon laying on the boppy pillow under the Gymini mat: "um, yeah...so what do I do now...can someone entertain me PlEASE??"



Our morning ritual....Cole and Bella snuggle with Baby Brother....or is that more "squeeze the life out of Baby Brother"??



Bella preferred Landon laying on his belly against her until I told her to make sure to tell me if he spit up, to which she answered "eeeewww, no puke on me, Landon"



We can't forget a picture of Garrett, of course...being awoken from a long nap to eat...he got a little pissy until I put the pacifier in his mouth...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Helene,
It's Tori! Just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you all! Landon looks so much like Garrett! I bet you they are identicle! I am glad the swing is being used! Take Good Care...Hang in there!You are doing a Great job!

Tori

Jen said...

Stay strong Helene. Remember you are the boss no matter what the kids think! If you have to let them sit in their room having a fit, just do it. Once they realize you won't give in to their manipulation, they are more willing to do what you tell them. To this day, I just tell Spencer I am going to count to 3 and he will start moving. 1 - 2 - 3 Magic!

Call me if you need to vent! Good luck today.

Jen said...

Oh - one more thing - they will try new ways to manipulate you, so it is a constant battle, but it does get easier. Remember small tasks are easier. Instead of pick up all your toys, try pick up the toys in the corner or the barbies or whatever - then when that is done pick another thing.

sandra said...

Congrats on Garrett coming home!! Things sound like they are going great for you guys! All of your kids are beautiful!

Morgan said...

Awww! He was so cute and tiny!!!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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