How have we survived so far? For those of you who are wondering... I've had LOTS of help, and so far, it has made the transition "doable." First of all, my mom became the live-in maid and child-care provider the first week. She not only did all of our laundry and cooking and cleaning, she also spoiled Brooklyn with lots of love and attention. Then, as if that wasn't enough, my mom took Brooklyn back with her (on my mom's birthday - "Happy birthday, Mom. Here, babysit my kid for a few days!") to spend a few days until Stephen and I could return to her house on Thanksgiving. Besides that, I've had lots of friends bring us dinner and even more of them have volunteered to watch Brooklyn or help out with anything and everything!
Brooklyn has been quite the "helpful" big sister. She very proudly introduces her brother to the doctor, church friends, Stephen's co-workers, and anyone else who shows a moment's interest in him.
This is Stephen with 3 of his favorite things! (Okay, so one thing, and two people.) His kids and probably an episode of The Office, Chuck, or My Own Worst Enemy, or any number of football games. It's so crazy to think we have TWO of our own children now! If we keep this up, they're going to outnumber us way too quickly - yikes! I feel like I've already lost control.
Thanks for making us all look bad, Evelyn! You've got to know that you've at least set a precidence that NONE of us will probably attempt to follow due to our inadequate patience, tolerance, and overall ability to deal with all of the stress of having children or the energy to keep up with all of them. I'm sure when Stephen comes home from work sometimes and sees how little I've accomplished during the day, he probably thinks, "My mom did this for years, and she never seemed to have a problem with it!" Enough already. Evelyn, we praise and adore you!
Here is Ian wearing the bili-light that helped his jaundice. What a good sport. I hated that thing! You can't see it very well, but there was this thick black tube that connected a wide blue light belt to a metal box! The belt with blue lights was supposed to stay wrapped around his waist with this totally useless tape. It was definitely made holding, cuddling, and nursing feel a little unnatural. He also looked like an alien because he was glowing neon blue beneath his clothes.