I wanted to let you know that I’m feeling better …
No, Jesse is not taking a bottle, but he is sleeping for longer stretches. In fact, the last couple nights, he’s only been up twice!
My husband is doing everything he can to help, giving me naps and sleep-ins whenever possible, and taking the older two boys on daddy-dates.
My parents, as always, have been an incredible help – feeding us many meals, stopping by just to help, and taking care of our boys so we can get some things done.
And, the 3 boys and I are settling into a routine of sorts – slowly adjusting to life with our newest family member. I will post pictures from Christmas and New Year soon- but for now I’m glad to be settling, recovering … not trying to travel or do too much – letting the “clean but not folded” laundry pile up… and just taking care of what needs to be done. I didn’t mean to complain in that last post – rather wanted to be honest, and explain why the blogging has been scarce recently. Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement, though – keep that coming, please!
The other thing that has helped is “the gate.”
It has solved a host of problems, (including, but not limited to):
“Matthew, no touching the computer.” “Matthew, no throwing the mouse.” “Matthew, no throwing Mommy’s important desk papers on the floor.” “NO EAT PAPER!” “Matthew, no climbing on top the piano keyboard.” “No touching the window shades!” “Matthew, close the desk drawers.” “Matthew, no bamming the computer.” “NO EAT PIANO!” “Matthew, no bamming the piano.”
and, most importantly: “MAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMAAAAAAA MAFFEW’S DESTROYING MY (fill-in-toy-here)”
When we told Micah that he could have some of his own space, the first thing he grabbed was his bin of cars, which had sat untouched for weeks. Finally, Micah could make his neat lines, his own imagined scenarios, untouched by Matthew the Menace … all while wearing his ski helmet and goggles, which have only occasionally left his head since he discovered them in the closet earlier this week!
Yes, I think the gate will be a good thing, even though Matthew is less than thrilled with it at the moment. At the end of the day, though, I think we all benefit- and Matthew is happier to hear less of the phrase “No-No, Matthew!”
Matthew’s biggest concern, I think, was whether or not he could still watch “Signing time” DVDs on the computer. To ask, he points at the computer, then sign-babbles with his hands – very cute. Yes, he can still watch his videos … from outside the gate.