A lovely day…

Lee and I spent the day organizing the office and clearing up the baby space. Mom kept Otter happy while he slept and we tackled our various tasks. Lee moved furniture down from the old office and organized his space, I packed up my maternity clothes for shipping to Hatchet and organized my space.

After we were done creating a calmer atmosphere in the house, (we are almost at a state of sanity, primarily thanks to my mother doing laundry all week!) Uncle Jack and Aunt Letitia came by to meet the newest member of the Krebs family. Otter ate and slept for most of the time, but he was social for a little while.

We had pizza for dinner, drank beer, and hung out comfortably with the family. Jack and Letitia are staying at a nearby Marriot until Tuesday morning. After they left for the night, we settled in for an evening of “Heroes”, snuggles, and nursing! Jack adn Letitia will be back tomorrow for another visit or two before heading home to Virginia Beach. I am hoping we can make it out to see them again this summer, as I would dearly love to spend more time with them and Monkey would love to see her cousins again. (All girls, all under 8.)

Here are some portraits of Sir Otter (Scientific name: Nurse-a-rificus spit-upicus) with his visiting family.
Otter and Nama

Otter and Great Uncle Jack

Otter and Great Aunt Letitia

Looking around

He can hold his head up already!

Yesterday he began pulling up and looking around, and today he held his head up straight for about 3 minutes and looked about the room! He is soo strong!

He also had another bath today, and was quietly contemplative during it, as opposed to the screaming fit he had during the last one. Pictures of bath #2 to come….

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It felt like he was nursing endlessly…

and he was! Of course, he gained 17 ounces and grew another inch and a half in one week, so it makes sense that he would nurse about 30-45 minutes out of every hour to hour and twenty minutes!

Yes, my son, the future defensive lineman, or perhaps, the Incredible Hulk Baby, as Tracy has suggested. (Baby mad! Baby want food!)

My life is pretty much nurse, eat, nurse, bathroom break, nurse, eat, nurse, sleep, nurse, eat, etc. Everytime we have gone somewhere, I have had to nurse him in the car or the store/dressing room/at the table at least twice while we are gone. This is after nursing him before we left. Of course, once we return, we have to nurse again.

At least the madness comes with many snuggles.

Mommy knows best…

and when she tells you to relax while she picks up your house, you would be an idiot not to let her!!

We have had a nice time this weekend. Luke, Otter and I had dinner on Sunday night, and my mom and I have hung out, chatted, and gone shopping. She has spent some time organizing and cleaning my house, which is the most wonderful gift. Best of all, she has spent time spoiling Monkey, who needs a little spoiling. She is a much happier child now that Nama is here. After all, I get to spend more time with her too, since there is another set of snuglly arms here to tend the little tyrant.

Today we dropped Luke off at the train station and picked up Shane. He and mom are out having a beer or ten, as he has to return to school tomorrow, but it has been nice to introduce him to his nephew. We spent the afternoon hanging out and chatting, and then he read Monkey a story and off he and mom went!

I am recovering well, though I was too active today. It is hard for me to remember it was only 2 weeks ago when I had an 11 pound baby, and therefore I should take it easy. I feel like cleaning house and walking all over, but I am still at the stage where I pay for too much activity with cramps and increased bleeding. It is a pretty solid reminder to put your feet up, but unfortunately one that reminds you only after you have done too much.

Tomorrow we will get some news on the Vonage front, the next decision in the court case is due in, so Lee and I are little on edge tonight. I wish he didn’t have this added stress currently, so he could have some more ‘honeymoon’ time with his son. They do get a good deal of snuggle time though, Otter is curled up with him as I type!

Otter had his first bath this week, oh boy did he hate that! He spent the whole time scolding me for torturing him!

We are planning a mellow day tomorrow, with Otter and I most resting to make up for too much running around today. Here are some more “life at home” pictures:

Have Nama will Nap:

Mommy and Otter get ready for bed:

The first bath was NOT appreciated:

Yay for Mum!!

My Mom is here!! She arrived early this afternoon and I have already left the house with her for my first post partum walk and coffee!! Otter enjoyed the new stroller (Thank you Vonage! Lee’s co-workers pitched in for a gift card to Babies R Us, and with it we bought a stroller, swing, and other neccesities.)

Ah…. basking in the loving glow of mommy… enjoying the ooh’s and ahh’s over my latest acheivement, the hugs and snuggles, and the happy 5 year old pleased beyond belief to have her Nama back!!

Luke is also here! He arrived late last night! We have a full house of family and friends! Yay!!

Schedule of a new mommy…

Picture by budding photographer and champion big sister Monkey.

Schedule of a new mommy…

8:15 am – Wake up, use bathroom, pack kiddo’s lunch, brush her hair, kiss her face, send her to school with daddy, scarf down breakfast.
8:35 am – Pick up the waking baby, change diaper, wash the pee off the baby (He finally hosed me today, got Lee many times this week, but for me today is the first), put on warm clothes.
8:45 am – Snuggle down to nurse. Wince as Otter attaches with relish, breathe deeply, fight off baby sleep vibes.
9:30 am – Finish nursing, pat Otter to sleep on my shoulder.
9:45 am – Set Otter in bassinet and slowly back out of the room, waiting for him to notice he is no longer being held. (Silently curse noisy dog, ruining my quiet retreat)
10:00 am – Relish the relative freedom provided by a bassinet, brush teeth and hair, answer emails, and post to blog!!! HELLO EVERYONE!!!

We have our first doctor’s appointment today at one, and then he and I will head to the store for some essentials. It is about the maximum of what I can do. I actually cleaned a little yesterday, and prepared dinner the day before, but for the most part I still ache as though I have a decent flu.

We gave Otter his first bath last night. Boy did he not like that. All the pictures we took must look as though he is being tortured. Poor baby.

My mom comes into town in mere days. YAY!! I have never wanted her here more than I do right now! Damn New Jersey and it’s pesky distance from home.

Otter is doing very well, it seems that the upside to birthing an 11 pound baby is his larger tummy. He is already sleeping four to five hours at a time at night. Blissfully, so am I. Of course, he also eats for an hour at a time. Boy can he eat!! I am going to have to start power consuming to keep up with him. As it is I am having a hard time staying hydrated!

Oh… wait, I hear tiny elephant trumpets! Has he noticed that his sleeping surface is not actually mommy? Wait….

No, he has settled back to sleep! Whew!

I am so grateful to the stylist who last cut my hair. As he cut it he lectured me about washing it every two days, instead of every day (as I am wont to do). Then he showed me how to style it on day two to make it look better than day one. As a happy result, today, on day of no time for shower, I have pretty, shiny, hair to sport to the doctor. I will not feel as Schlubby as I otherwise would. Of course, by the time I get to the doctor, I will have been spit up on about a hundred times, and I will still be in yoga pants and baggy shirts, so really, the hair only goes so far.

I am hearing more insistent elephant noises, I had best return to my post!