Baby News

I’m working on a post that deals with the whole issue of supplemental devotional manuals and the real solution in my eyes–modding your BCP stuff–but…here’s baby news (to keep Anastasia happy).

Lil’ H is now up to 9lb 10ozs. She eats *constantly*. We still haven’t fallen into a coherent rhythm especially as far as night-time is concerned. In particular the 3-in-the-morning-ish feeding/going back to sleep thing isn’t happening real well. M will feed her, I’ll burp and chnage her, put her down and she’ll start wailing again… Neither of our children ever took to pacifiers (except that G will chomp on one *now*). Supposedly that’s a good thing for nursing mothers; it means they don’t fall into bad sucking habits. It’s not so great in other ways–the pacifer of choice for both Lil’ G and H is mommy or daddy’s pinkie finger. And let me tell you–that thing’s not detachable. If H decides that it needs to be in her mouth ’til she falls asleep, that means me standing at the side of the crib for quite a while…

(oh yeah–division of labor: M does input, I do output. So, M nurses, and I do burping and diapers. If the baby starts wailing in the night, it’s my wake-up call since I didn’t just have major surgery.)

Other than that–she’s wonderful and is really cute.

Lil’ G’s been a bit of handful, though. She’s glad Daddy’s home all the time now, but wants Mommy to play with her too and doesn’t get (or doesn’t *want* to get) that Mommy’s not allowed to pick her up for another couple of weeks. Because M can’t do stairs we’re crashed out in the living room and G loves that the tv restrictions have been relaxed a bit–we’re starting to reign them back in, though. Bottom line–she’s used to the attention, and she’s not getting nearly as much any more. So–she’s acting out. And she’s a really smart kid and finds all sorts of…fascinating…ways to act out. Nothing horrible or terribly destructive but she does suceed in making herself a real handful. Fortunately for us she absolutely *loves* Lil’ H (she’s *her* baby) so all of her acting out has been directed at us rather than H.

Anastasia–belated congrats!–and let me tell you that *Kizzy* will be the one to watch for rather than the new one…

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About Derek Olsen

I'm a layman within the Episcopal Church with a PhD in New Testament and an interest in most things medieval, monastic, and liturgical. My chief job is keeping up with my priestly wife and our two awesome kids. In addition to that, I earn a living, run the St Bede's Breviary, listen to loud goth/industrial music, and do some stuff for the church. I currently serve as Secretary to the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music where I'm also co-chair of the Calendar committee and chair of the Digital Publications committee.
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3 Responses to Baby News

  1. *Christopher says:

    Derek,

    Thanks for the update. You sound incredibly busy and proud. My prayers ascend that in the midst of it all you’ll get some sleep somewhere.

  2. Annie says:

    I hope that you don’t have to do all the output! Input is a lot easier. I don’t envy you the lost nights of sleep. My youngest was that way. I theorized that there were electrodes in his crib mattress so that he would wake up screaming within 60 seconds of being put into his crib. I do, however, envy the joy that is in the offing in the next few years.

    Annie
    P.S.- Sibling rivalry is always aimed at the parents! It’s starting. Just wait.

  3. Anastasia says:

    i always forget about the extra burden of recovering from surgery that comes with c-sections. wow. well, i’m glad everyone is well.

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