A few updates:
♥ I am officially the mother of three kids under 4 years old. I know because I now own a minivan.
Meet our newest sweetie, Miles.
The delivery went as planned, although I had a brief scare when he needed some oxygen after birth. The medical team assured us this was a routine occurrence for c-section babies, as their lungs need some help drying out. As promised, the doctors deemed him perfectly healthy after a brief visit (not admission) to the NICU for oxygen, and he was able to room in with me from then on as I had hoped. We were even discharged from the hospital early! After two days inpatient, I asked the attending when I could bust outta that place, and she said, “You and the baby seem to be doing fine- I’ll draw up the paperwork now!” It’s still amazing to me. An uncomplicated hospital stay is such an odd experience.
My surprise escape from the hospital threw off my hubby’s secret plans to buy me a car while I was inpatient! When I was texting him to arrange to be picked up, he was negotiating with the car dealership with the two older children in tow. The car was not ready in time to pick me up, as he had hoped. But that meant I was able to accompany him on an extended test drive before the purchase, and I received my roomy, versatile, swiss-army-knife-of-vans (the Odyssey) later that week.
♥ I am still not used to having a typical newborn.
When I’m feeding Miles, I often check to see if I’m occluding his trach, only to remember he doesn’t have one. I can’t imagine growing tired of hearing him cry, whimper, and “talk.” I sometimes wish I could vent gas from his belly via a g-button. When I bring him somewhere and I don’t need to carry a suction machine, resuscitation equipment or back-up medical supplies, I always feel like I’m forgetting something. And I totally did feel like a nurse was going to chase after us when we left the hospital with him.
♥ Delayed nesting makes for strange priorities
When June was born, I wrote about being in a perpetual state of nesting before her birth as well as while she was in the NICU for months. With Miles, I delayed nesting until after his birth, for the most part; I never took my estimated due date or his homecoming as a guarantee. Now that we are home, nesting is happening in full force, leading to some strange decisions about how to spend my time. Did I finally move the dozen boxes of diapers that have been stacked in the living room for over a month? No. I just grab a pack every time I run out at Mile’s changing table. However, I suddenly felt I MUST finish constructing the Indominus Rex puppet that I drafted for Rowan a while ago. (Ok, so, on the scale of “first attempts at making a hand puppet” and “things drafted by hand from scratch,” it’s pretty awesome. On the scale of puppets in general, it’s a little clumsy and misshapen. The kids love it though.)
Also inexplicably high on my list: wiping down all of the kitchen cabinets and baseboards. And working in the garden that I created in May and did not tend all summer. Thank goodness for the automatic garden sprinkler that came with the house. This is also my first attempt at gardening, and honestly…..I don’t know which plants are weeds and which are food. I forgot WHAT I planted and where. There weren’t many survivors. Except for these. I know these are carrots. That I grew.
♥ A special needs sewing and DIY series is coming up!
♥ And now a printable! Laminate these “baby sleeping” door signs and never be bothered by a door-to-door salesman again.
I’ve used a hand-written sign like this for years, and I’ve finally got around to making a printable version. It works wonders. No more dogs going insane over a knock from FedEx or pushy electricity company reps or mysterious religious missionaries. Put one on the door as well as on the doorbell. I recommend that you cut the signs out first BEFORE laminating, then leave a quarter- or half-inch border of lamination around the sign when cutting it out again after laminating. This will make it more waterproof than if you laminate the whole page and then cut the sign out, as the lamination pouch makes a better seal to itself than it does when there is a layer of paper inside.
See the free JPG and PDF versions of the printable below.