It was a great week following Halloween but of course we were all waiting for the "big event" and making sure Amma knew her way around town to shuttle big siblings to preschool and kindergarten.
Anyway, since I covered John's arrival in the last post, here's what we've been up to since then! One of my favorite newborn outfits is this dinosaur sleeper. Here's John in it:
The next day I figured out some baby in the bucket tricks and we tried for another attempt. I think it would be much easier if I could make smaller babies! Sleeping babies in good light are adorable! Here's a ridiculous number of pics of that :-)
And an awake and confused baby after taking him out of the bucket!
Much like Matthew and Catherine, John is an alert baby. All things considered he's a fairly good sleeper in the crib/bassinet which neither Catherine or Matthew were, but when he's "awake" (or what can be considered awake with a newborn) he's pretty intense and screams a lot. Again, it may have something to do with the siblings of the house, but he seems pretty sensitive to overstimulation and will often fuss at the top of his lungs until you put him down by himself in his crib and then he's totally chill. Of course we're still figuring each other out and this may all change tomorrow/in 55 seconds. The beauty of newborns is amidst the stress and sleep deprivation, you never remember all of this part when you go to have another one! :-)
Also, in between the time I started this post last night and am currently working to finish it, he's figured out how to roll over from tummy to back which is breaking my heart *sniff*. We also had to go in to the doctor two days in a row and he had put on a whopping 5 ounces, literally overnight. The nurses were cheering and whooping it up but I wanted none of it, as it'd be nice to have a small baby for at least a few more days! Or course I am eternally grateful that he's healthy, but couldn't he be a smaller healthy?!?!?!
It's been a crazy two weeks but Matthew and Catherine have been awesome. Poor Catherine has been battling a fever/virus and double ear infection so we've been more housebound than we originally would have been. Matthew had a few days off for parent/teacher conferences and veteran's day so we all got some extra bonding time. Matthew's first parent/teacher conference went really well and we are very proud of him! He also loves his little brother and is pretty diligent about giving him cuddles whenever possible.
Catherine is doing well at preschool as well and I think it's been a good thing for her this year. She's always been socially fearless but up until this fall had never really socialized without Matthew and was fearless because she was mostly tagging along with Matthew and the older boys. At playgroups she's been rather clingy recently, I'm hoping her transition to big sibling will help this a bit. She is definitely a super-proud sister and we've spent the past week of her illness trying to keep her germy hands off John while not stiffling her budding relationship with him. Academically she's trying to keep up with Matthew and is currently "practicing" sight words with him. It's adorable and slightly scary to think about what she knows now and how far along she'll be in two years if she continues picking up things from Matthew!
And a few outtakes from a very, very bad attempt at DIY Christmas card photos.
Catherine helped me set up camera and Olivia was determined to be included in this shoot!
And my absolute favorite: