Monday, March 24, 2008

19 Days Old

Well, baby Jim is 19 days old today! We've gotten into some semblance of a routine, not by the clock per se, but Bo and I are starting to understand little Jim's signals. We are finding that as our comprehension expands the crying diminishes. :)

Nana really likes to hear from us each day, which makes me very happy. She doesn't call, because she never knows when a nap will be in progress, so I try to call her. I think we are both missing the closeness we shared while she was here. I wish we lived closer. Today Nana is doing an Easter Lunch for my brother and his family. I sure wish I could join them.

Right now, Jim is starting to squirm because he's realized I laid him down for a nap. They learn fast that they prefer to be held, huh? He tends to go on to sleep as long as he knows you are there (i.e. you give him his pacifier for the 3rd time), but he will wake up if there is no response from you. He's a smart one - knows how to test for your presence already.

Bo is amazing with Jim. He is simply head over heals in love with him and really wants to do anything he can to make little Jim's world better. He sings to him, feeds, burps, changes and rocks him with no prompting from me. He even takes him when he doesn't have to, just because he wants more time with his boy. It is really, really great. I can't ask for more.

At almost 3 wks, Jim is awake for a few hrs of fussy time before bedtime (anytime btwn 8 and 1 am). Then he seems to be OK with sleeping in 4 to 5 hr blocks for the rest of the night and on into morning. So far we have to leave a small light on in his room or he won't sleep. It is still pretty dark, and the light has a pink colored glow, but I'm afraid that we've started him on not liking the dark. I've tried turning the light off, but he seems to get really upset if he wakes and there's no light. Not sure what I'm going to do to change that... May just have to force the issue, or move to a smaller/dimmer light source.

I just got a call from Bo, he's pretty loopy... He did baby duty last night, and Jim stayed up until about 2 AM. He may be rethinking whether he can do nights while working. We'll see how it goes this week, then we may need to make some adjustments. Hee hee.


Kate said...

Luke has some of the exact same habits! My husband is also the master calmer-downer when the baby gets fussy. It's good to hear that everything is going so well!

Kate said...

Luke has some of the exact same habits! My husband is also the master calmer-downer when the baby gets fussy. It's good to hear that everything is going so well!

ms. c said...

Where's the baby picture you promised with every post?? ;)

Glad to hear that you are settling into a routine, and that you and Jim are getting to know each other.

I can't wait to read more!

hopeful to hateful in 28 days said...

Congrats on the new baby!!! My daughter (so weird to say that) is almost 6 wks old. I too am figuring out how to share mommyhood in my blog without hurting anyone. Take care!!!

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Okay, so I've been MIA in the comments lately due to my own stupid drama - but I'm back. I've been reading all along, just not feeling up to commenting.

I think you're doing an amazing job getting through a very hectic period of time. You're right about the postpartum blues - they are the absolute worst, but you're done with that and now onto the "routine" that comes with a bitty one.

You're much better at this than I was the first time. I was a mess. You really sound like you've got it worked out pretty darn well.

Hang in there. I'm up for all the pictures you want to throw at us!