Saturday, July 11, 2009

One week down, a lifetime to go

Luki has been home for a week and everybody is still alive and healthy...GREAT SUCCESS!

Although...Big E is hanging by a thread. She will either give herself a heart attack if she continues to worry about every minute detail pertaining to the baby, or she will die of sadness when Ton Ton and I begin to restrict her visitations. Big E is a dilemma filled with pros and cons:

Con: Although she hasn't officially moved in, she is here all the time.
Pro: She brings food with her.

Con: She is constantly nagging us about the need to disinfect everything: baby's bottles, pacifier, our sheets, and, my boobs.
Pro: She is always happy to disinfect Luki's butt when he sharts (shits + farts).

Con: She always wants to hold the baby, even when he's placidly sleeping in Ton Ton's arms.
Pro: She always wants to hold the baby, even when he's screaming at the top of his lungs...making it possible for Ton Ton to placidly sleep in my arms.

So far, I'd say the pros outweigh the cons, but if she tries to come at my nipple with a Clorox disinfectant wipe, I am drawing the line!!

Alright, enough about her, Luki is the star of this show and I'm sure you've been wondering what he's been up to for the past week. Well, we have discovered that he is remarkably like his parents.

1. He loves to eat. Basically, I'm a mobile food unit...a taco truck of sorts. Every two to three hours Luki walks up to the counter and orders the breast milk special, which he gulps down with gusto. When we took him to the pediatrician two days after being released from the hospital, he had already gained 5 oz and grown half an inch.

2. He likes the night life. Luki has figured that, if his parents won't take him out to 'get his club on', he will bring the entertainment to them. So, at around midnight, he begins to belt out his favorite musical note... LAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! LAAAAAAAAAAAA! It's so thoughtful of him to want to sing for his parents.

3. Music makes him happy. We play music for him all the time and it has a very calming effect...except for my singing. For some reason, when I sing he gets even more upset; I guess his hearing is just not mature enough for such raw talent. He also began his musical training, here he is getting his first guitar lesson...

And us? Well, Ton Ton and I are tired, but we are enjoying every minute we get to spend with our baby. And, our kid handling skills have improved substantially over the past week. Diapering has gone from a two man, four hand operation to a quick one person job, and last night we bathed Luki without Big E's supervision. Pretty good for two people who had never handled a newborn before!

Week's activity that made it all oh, so real: Rearranging our kitchen cabinets and replacing our wine and shot glasses with baby bottles, nipples, and breast pump accessories.

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