Adjusting to Baby at Home

It’s been a good couple days off work so far as we settle into our new routine with baby Johnny. During the nights, Lauren has been up every couple hours for feedings and I am trying to get up the other times he’s fussing. The first couple nights I would get up and walk him around the house, turn on lights in various rooms, sit down and watch TV, etc. Now the pediatrician (a fellow MN to TX transplant) is telling us we need to really start separating day from night. So at night, just stay in the bedroom, calm him down, and set him back down… apparently this will help to start teaching him the difference in day/night routines. Likewise, during the day, it’s important we let natural light into the house. Otherwise, he’s basically doing typical 5-day-old baby stuff. He is a master at un-swaddling himself, just punching through the tightest of swaddles until his little hands are free. And his feet are extremely long and narrow. If they retain their current proportions, we’ll have to special-order shoes that fit him in the future.

We have been aided by some helpful friends here in town. The Viviritos watched Baxter for three nights while we were in the hospital. Our realtor Caren brought us a meat loaf/mashed potato dinner. Our friend Bobbi Jo brought us a homemade pasta dish and some other groceries. Things like this have made our week much easier, so thanks to them!

Baxter is not the world’s happiest beagle right now, but he’s being good and has been a perfect angel around Johnny. He’ll get right up in his face and sniff him, but he won’t make much contact. He isn’t loving being neglected though. There has been no time for walks, and not much time for chasing him around the table with a toy in his mouth as he enjoys so much. There’s not much room for him in the bed (not that there was before the baby either) but even less so now that the baby is next to us in a co-sleeper. I’m sure he’ll adjust eventually.

Here are some photos from today.

Johnny's a little disgruntled and groggy after waking from a nap.
Johnny’s a little disgruntled and groggy after waking from a nap.
Awww... Johnny all curled up on mama enjoying a daytime snooze.
Awww… Johnny all curled up on mama enjoying a daytime snooze.
Some shirtless bonding time between father and son on a scorching hot September afternoon.
Some shirtless bonding time between father and son on a scorching hot September afternoon.
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