Man alive, things are busy here. We have, what seems to be, a needy baby on our hands. I have no time for anything because this boy LOVES to be held. Using the Moby doesn’t even help – Bryson doesn’t like it. If he’s not being held or nursing, he’s fussing to be held or nursed. We think he’s confused his nights and days. He will nap for a couple hours at a time during the day, but at night, once he’s up to eat – he is up. We’ve tried all sorts of things, but nothing seems to work. He’s moving out of our room tonight and into his room because the crib has to be more comfortable (and inviting) than the stupid pack and play (which I despise), right?
Bryson is super cute and very lovey – and we’ll for sure keep him – but he is a lot of work!
Matthew is handling this all well. He’s only acted out towards Bryson two times, so we consider that a good thing. If he hears or sees Bryson, he must kiss him, hold him, and put his binky in and out of his mouth. Matthew is quite the helper and grabs a foot stool to help me wash Bryson’s hair each day. He also uses the foot stool to help me change diapers and entertain Bryson when he’s fussing. Matthew is a fantastic big brother!
Parenting two kids has not been the hard part for me. Parenting a needy baby is the hard part. But like I always say, this is temporary. It will pass – and probably before I even realize it.
But none of this is the point of my post. The point of my post is to extend a huge, overdue thank you to all of you for your wonderful, warm comments recently! I like to respond to each comment, but there are just so many in the last few weeks – so I just want to say thank you to all of you right here – right now!
July 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm
Aiden was a very snuggly baby too except he loved the Moby wrap. At night, I’d have to sleep with him in it, sitting up in the recliner! I feel your pain, it’s hard. You are doing everything right, he just wants to be near his mommy. This time will fly by so fast, in a few weeks you will look back and be amazed at how quickly this stage passed. I love that Matthew has been such a great helper, Bryson is going to adore his big brother when he grows up!
July 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm
I was going to email you later today to check on you. Life with 2 is a challenge but with a needy baby, I can’t imagine the challenge. Raegan is pretty needy herself. If this baby is needy, I’ll probably need help….I commend you on how well you’re holding it all together. And what a great big brother Matthew is being! I hope Raegan is that good…just getting her to not hit the dog has been a challenge. So happy to hear from you and know you are all in my daily thoughts!!!
July 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm
so glad you’re hanging in there – i am so scared of the reality that is two! Glad matthew is adjusting well and I hope Bryson is a bit easier soon – sleeping more at night would be a great start, i’m sure.
July 19, 2013 at 9:53 pm
Have been thinking of you and your family a ton!! (Sorry I haven’t written!) Hang in there. I am glad to hear that Matthew is doing so well!! He is such a great big bro 🙂 Sorry that Bryson is being a bit tough on you. Hope things get easier soon. Big big hugs! Great to hear from you!!
July 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm
Drake is our needy/fussy baby too. I swear JJ has forgotten that Chloe cried AT ALL when she was an infant, like she was the perfect angel baby or something. He always says “he cries much more than Chloe did,” or “Chloe was never this loud.” Oh well. Most of the time I can handle it b/c I know it will be the last time we get to experience this stage…but that’s not to say sometimes I need to put everything (and everyone) down and step outside for a minute before I lose my cool when they are both being needy. I totally get feeling behind. There are so many blog posts I haven’t read over the past few weeks. Or I read on my phone and then forget to go back and comment. I think to myself, I’m not working, why don’t I have the time to keep up? Well that’s my answer to myself…I’m not working (which is when I used to do my blog time) and I am busy taking care of two kids which is not easy all the time. I’m glad to hear the move to Bryson’s room went well and hopefully you all will continue to get good sleep from here on out! We gotta get our new families of four together soon!
July 22, 2013 at 2:33 am
I often think/thought that whatever else is true, I hope(d) baby #2 is easier than #1, not only because you’d just feel relief, but also because you’d also be dealing with a toddler! I still hope that for myself, especially since Sofia has turned into quite the spirited little girl. I’m sorry Bryson is going through a needy phase. I truly hope that it’s just that, and that once he gets day and night worked out, he’ll settle a bit. REALLY glad to hear that Matthew is being such a great big brother, although I admit to not being so surprised. He seems like such a sweet and affectionate little boy. 🙂