I think it's been about a week since I've posted any sort of update. And of course, in that time, you've all been very chatty and I can't possibly comment on everything!
Baby outfits - If the weather is cool/cold, I automatically opt for the "pajamas" as you're all calling them, though I've never used them as pajamas. For pajamas, I tend to use gowns, or onesies with a sleeping blanket/swaddling blanket. Footed sleepers are just good sense for easy diaper changes + keeping baby warm, IMO. I tend to dress them up in real "outfits" more when the weather is warm and I'm not worried about keeping baby warm. Which makes spring babies much more fun for me.
Katico, I love your sensible solutions. I tend to just roll with the punches and craziness, not really adapting very well. I just lower my standards for life for several months, and simultaneously get stressed out a bit more. It would make a lot more sense to make changes in my life, but I'm stubborn that way. ;)
theboysmama - I would LOVE to see a picture of your ComicCon costumes. Our whole family loves Airbender - and a baby Momo just sounds too adorable!
AFM. A couple of social questions. When we're out and about, I'm finding two situations that make me feel awkward and not sure how to reply. Situation #1: "Oh, your baby is so cute!" "Baby is the most picture-perfect/angelic/precious baby ever!" etc. While the person giving the praise is hovering and admiring for quite some time. Do you say thank you to that? Because that's my automatic response to compliments, but then it bothers my brain that I'm saying thank you like it's totally all because of my that my baby is cute (though really, I'm sure most everyone would say that about every baby), like I'm taking credit or something. I tried answering "I think so, too!" several times, but that feels strange, too. I don't know why this is just starting to bother me on my 4th child... maybe it's that I'm running into the comments more frequently than I have in the past? Situation #2: When I'm out and about with my older 2 in school, and it's just my 3yo and baby with me, I get so many people going something like, "Awww, he even has an older brother - how perfect!" And again, my automatic response is to want to say something like, "Yeah, well, he's also got another older brother, and an older sister, too, but they're at school/with dad/etc. right now." Seemed like I was throwing unneeded detail into people's observations/comments, but then, just saying "yup, it's pretty awesome" or some other acknowledgement seems dismissive of the older siblings not present.
Malcolm's very busy grabbing everything in reach lately. He's also started rotating on the ground, so that he can turn a full 360 in a matter of minutes. He's rolled onto his tummy a couple times, but more for the fact that he *can*, and less for wanting to. Not a fan of being on his stomach, though he is getting much better at lifting his head up when he's there. Also, he was fussy the other night while I was trying to quickly fold 3 loads of laundry and put it away before putting my kids in bed, and DD (8yo) was holding him and fretting about him not calming down for her, but I persisted in laundry and in making her continue trying, and she actually got him to fall asleep! We were both so proud. :) (I have a future babysitter in the works, hooray!!)
So last time I posted, I mentioned DH would be getting a permanent job offer, to take him of temporary employment status. Well, he got the offer, but it's completely disappointing and almost offensive. He had a chat with his boss before they gave him an offer, and boss made some comment about his salary, like, "Oh, I thought you were making x amount of money already!", slightly shocked that he was getting less of the cut from what they were giving the temp agency. So when he got the offer, it was 5K LESS than what his boss assumed was already making through the temp agency. DH flat-out told them to come back with a better offer (it was seriously 20K less than what he was making at his lass job, waaaaay back before he got laid off, and with a less responsible position). They upped it only 2K more, and said it was the absolute best they could do. Kinda sucks. We hoped as soon as he got the permanent job, we'd be able to start saving quickly for a house and get out of our 2-br apartment. The new salary will only give him 7K more - just enough to put us out of qualification for things like free school lunches and WIC, and to stop pulling money out of savings to pay the bills each month, but not really enough to start saving anything but a small amount each month. Sigh. The hunt for a better job continues. I am glad, however, that we'll finally have some GOOD insurance. I've been constantly terrified of another emergency situation that would kill us financially, like DD's broken arm!