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Man ALIVE this blog is dusty. Someone get on that. I nominate the newborn.

Before I begin: Thank you, everyone, for the wonderful congratulatory comments and e-mails. They provided many smiles those first weeks.

Hello. My name is Kate and I am a blog ignorer. (Also, I apparently make up words. It’s funner that way.)

Who knew that when you went and had a second baby you’d immediately become disorganized, scatterbrained, and frequently unshowered? Ignoring (again!) the fact that everyone in the world knew this except for in-denial me, I have to tell you: This baby thing is EXHAUSTING. How did I not remember this from the first time around? In my head, Aura remains the Perfect Baby: slept all the time, ate regularly but not obsessively, cooed at appropriate times, and slept some more. Either this is exactly how it went down or six years does not do a memory good. But let’s go with Door #1. Makes all the complaining below just seem…healthier.

(SIX years, October 6. Must be in a time warp thingie or something. Plus she went and got her haircut and now I can’t even squint and pretend she’s still three, like I used to:)

Right around the time he turned one week, Jax decided that Sleep! For the Lazy! Is Much Better to Demand to Be Held Every Second of the Day! Anything past 10 minutes in a bouncy seat/swing/car seat and all hell breaks loose. Wearing him (I have now moved onto the Baby K’tan wrap carrier and I must now request you buy it for every new mother you know, because Hi, I can cook dinner now or at least gaze into the freezer Very Seriously before picking up the phone to order Thai) has helped, but still, Jax spends an awful lot of time lying on top of me, while I sit as still as possible and watch the fifth John Cusack movie on TV in one day. (Oh, that Must Love Dogs. He was a keeper, I tell you. Perhaps too good for Diane Lane.)

As of this weekend (seven weeks, hollah), nighttime sleep has improved. Jax now regularly goes for three-and-a-half or four hours for the first stretch. Of course, this is because he is exhausted from howling all evening, because WOMAN, IF YOU DON’T FEED ME EVERY HOUR I’M GOING TO…HOWL EVEN MORE AND MAYBE SPIT UP MORE AND THEN HOWL MORE MILLLLLLLLLLLK. You’d think finally finding a use for that stupid pink velour Build-A-Bear bed with decorative trim would calm him down, but OH NO:

Of course, something else happened right before five weeks. The Smile. And that makes me forgive his astounding 12-pound self for almost everything. Say, 99%.

What else? Ah yes, the guilt. The horrible, debilitating guilt over how much less time I spend playing with Aura. She continues to adjust well, but it can’t be easy coming home from your spankin’ new first-grade classroom only to hear “Sorry, sweetie, I have to feed the baby again!” or “Sorry, I have to change the baby again!” She spends a lot of time listening to stories near the nursing pillow or modifying pretend games (those BLASTED Littlest Pet Shops still won’t die a timely death) so that I can play them one-handed.

Yet these moments take no hands at all:

But still. I might be selling a baby soon. Stay tuned. For now, I’ll just toss him in with the laundry.

8 Responses to Man ALIVE this blog is dusty. Someone get on that. I nominate the newborn.
  1. jane marenghi
    September 10, 2012 | 9:49 pm

    ah, the 7 week growth spurt – if they’re not sleeping thru a freight train driving thru their bedroom, they want milk NOW!!!

  2. jane marenghi
    September 10, 2012 | 9:51 pm

    oh, and if you want to trade, i’ll hold jax and you can run after our 22 month old…

  3. Jen Malone
    September 11, 2012 | 6:13 am

    Oohhh- if you’re selling, I ‘m buying! I’ve been traveling like crazy- in PA now for work- but things quiet down next week and these two hands are all yours:) Happily take Aura, Jax or both off yours for a bit!!

  4. Breenah
    September 12, 2012 | 4:22 pm

    Quinn slept on my chest for every single nap and at night for the first four months of her life. IT SUCKED.
    He’s a cutie though :)

  5. Jessica
    September 14, 2012 | 9:16 pm

    Ah, welcome to the land of two kids.

    I swear my first was easier than my second. I think it’s designed that way so us parents will decide to have more than one kid. Notice how many people stop at 2. There’s a reason.

    But that smile on him. Oh my, that’s adorable.

  6. Kande
    November 18, 2012 | 9:27 pm

    Hi! Two kids. Six years apart. Nature’s choice, not mine. First child was a dream baby – know isn’t a brain fart as still is a dream child! Just born that way – cooperative, good, easy going. Second child – also a girl, so no gender blaming! – bedshared against my best intentions as it was better than her screaming all bloody night. Held her 95% of the day ( give or take 1%). And I hated slings and baby carriers … ask me how my back is, three years later?! Also from about 2 weeks on, had to be held in a dark room for 1-2 hours to rock to sleep … not necessarily fed, just held. So yes – I know Mommy guilt as for about 6 months I could never do my 6 year olds bedtime routine. Guess what? She doesn’t remember, care, or habour any resentment at all. And her sister, the troublesome baby? From 6 months on has been THE best sleeper ever. Ever! Magic. So guilt? Wasted emotion. I shall store up my guilt for when they are busted smoking up behind the school. I will not waste it on the transient baby/toddler/preschooler years. ;) p.s. do yourself a favour and don’t ask what my second was like as a toddler … but know that with a ton of time, patience, firmness and more than occassional tantrums ( me as well as her) she is a joy of a three year old!

  7. Salt
    November 27, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    Hi! I’m a blog ignorer too, but I wanted to stop through and say CONGRATULATIONS on the new baby! He’s adorable, which is not at all surprising considering how cute your first one is. :) I hope everything is going well for you. COME BACK SOON!

  8. Mammywoo
    January 15, 2013 | 6:21 pm

    He’s gorgeous, she’s beautiful, you’re hilarious and a bloody brill mum.

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