I know, I have been bad, not much activity on RaisingEli for three weeks and it has all been due to a crazy busy schedule and some major changes upcoming in our lives. First and foremost Eli is doing very well, and has conquered his fear of the water. I owe a great debt of gratitude to his swim coach for making it all possible. Eli has gone from a scared little cat in the water to a swimming duck and it has been a really cool transition to see.
Eli has also gone into a stage that is driving me absolutely crazy. He whines a lot, and is not listening. When corrected he cries and runs to mommy. When mommy corrects him, he runs to daddy and whines about wanting mommy. He whines about wanting mommy when mommy is holding him. No win situation. Best thing we can do to not support the behavior and eventually he will realize it is not working and give up.
As for Zach, he is a tank, eats like a champ. Poops like one too, and is growing bigger each day. He is an easy baby and it reminds me how much fun kids at that age can be. Looking forward to hearing him giggle.
Our second day home was chaotic but we are getting into a rhythm. The morning looks something like this:
Wake Eli Up
Get Eli Dressed
Get Eli to use the potty, brush his teeth
Make Eli Breakfast and let him watch Super Why before school
Load up the car and drop Eli off at NIS
Run various errands
Run more various errands
Run around even more
Get home, help with Zach
Clean the house
Run more errands
Run more errands
Go to babies R Us for the 12th time
Pick up Eli from School
Come home to house full of people
Setup Bouncer for Eli and Friends
Get ready to cook dinner
FUCK I am out of propane! Run to Lowes, get new Propane.
Pediatrician comes over (thanks Dr. Bob for the house call)
Discuss how much I love to ride (Thanks again Bob…I am hooked)
Everyone goes home
Eat cold hamburger I made three hours ago
Refuse to clean again, go to bed.
Jodi let me sleep the night through (Zach was up every four hours to feed)
Whew…wake up, rinse…repeat.
It was a pretty rough delivery and we have been concerned about Zach’s facial coloring. When he came out, he came out very bruised with dark reddish-blue facial patches. We immediately thought it was bruising but quickly became concerned when the nurses said it could be beauty marks. The doctors came back this morning telling us that they feel that the marks are all facial bruising and that they will clear up.
More thumbs up is the simple fact that Jodi is able to breastfeed with success. With Eli, Jodi was unable to breast feed like we wanted. She has been super committed to doing it this time and she is proving quite the trooper. With the hard delivery, and now the breastfeeding troubles behind all looks good. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of Jodi and her performance yesterday. She never gave up and was wonderful.
Now I have to do some daddy hunting and gathering. I have a laundry list of things to find and bring to the hospital.
Oh, and if you are wondering how Eli is doing? He is an awesome big brother, holding his little bro a few times, comforting him when he was crying and being very supportive and gentle. It is amazing to see how responsive Eli has been. He didn’t want to go to school today because he wanted to go see Zach and Mom.