Brooke, start on those beatings!
to everyone else who's stretched a bit thin. We (dh and I) had our first senseless argument in a while but I don't think it was connected to anything postpartum. This Rowan is more like a moss than a tree; I'm the tree and he clings all day, all the time. He doesn't sleep lying down away from me, in Moses basket, my bed, playpen, bouncy seat, carseat (unless the car is driving and even then we don't have long). If I am holding him or sleeping in bed with him he sleeps fine, a few hours at a time. He likes sucking his sister's thumb, so she can keep him calm for a few minutes. I am going to BRU to get a baby bjorn so I can carry him more or less hands-free. I don't really like the sling with a newborn.
My inlaws are in town but have their other granddaughter with them, who is almost seven but acts more like a poorly-behaved almost four. They say she has "issues" but I am skeptical. She seems a lot meaner than children I have known with things like aspberger's syndrome, sensory integration problems, etc. At any rate they are always very worried about her and what she is doing and how she will react, and she says "no" to everything, and they listen to her, so I am exhausted after spending the day with them. I also don't like being around unpleasant children. I think she is merely overprotected, spoiled and watched far too closely. My daughter has no patience with her, which is unfortunate. Her 11 year old cousin plays well with monster niece but my daughter just ignores her or says she's going to read or do something else, if she's obnoxious and then my niece starts screaming. my inlaws spoil her terribly and that makes me really mad, because years ago they said our AP lifestyle was due to some insanity on my part and I was overprotective. Meanwhile they have created the monster and my kid has never given anyone any trouble (knock wood). My niece also doesn't like her grandparents paying any attention to baby Rowan or referring to him by name or even as "the baby." We see her once a year at most and she still exhausts us utterly. I'd have beaten her long, long ago. And as such an AP parent, for me to be thinking before lunch, "someone please slap this child!", you know it's bad.
ah, family. It also annoys me because my mil picked this time to bring her granddaughter when my daughter, her first grandchild, could probably really have used some undivided attention right now, and no one thinks of that, but everyone has to stop what they're doing when my niece doesn't like how we're seated at the dinner table. But, this is why we're not close to them. I feel bad because they don't really understand us and probably never will.
Sorry for my own rant! My mother-in-law and her friends are very generous, though, and most of her lady-friends have gotten us BRU gift certificates. I might weaken and buy a new peg perego, though I will be ashamed to spend so much on a stroller!
There's not much else we'll need from there except a highchair, and I think all-wood ones are only online anyway.
My husband works completely erratic days and hours and is going to the bahamas to work for a few days this weekend. Last weekend he was away overnight in Chicago. I don't mind being alone, though, I rather like it.