(No Charlie does not have a tail - it's his bili belt that he gets to take off tomorrow. Hooray!)
Honestly, I have been pleasantly surprised with this new event in our lives. The delivery was great and the recovery hasn't been that bad at all. Matt and I had to laugh that the first time around, having a newborn seemed hard and stressful, but this time, the newborn is easy. It's the toddler that's high maintenance!
As you can see, though, Madeline has initiated Charlie into her circle of friends. She has already told him her favorite stories including Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. (Poor guy, he's going to be very knowledgable about princesses and all things girl.) She really loves him and is a really big help, especially since Charlie has been plugged in at all times with this bili light belt. Here are some funny things she's done lately:
-She begs to help Matt with the dishes. And she's actually really helpful at using the brush and scraping the food off and then handing them to Matt to put in the dishwasher.
-I never have to empty the lint tray in the dryer. At random times during the day, when she passes it, she cleans out the lint and throws it away.
-It might have been a problem that we didn't decide on a name until the very end. Madeline still calls him Baby Weed. Sometimes she catches herself and stops and thinks before getting it right.
-She's obsessed with poopy diapers. Many times a day she asks if Charlie's diapers are poopy (which they usually are) just so she can help me change them. She also thinks anything dirty - his umbilical cord, mud, specks on the floor, etc are poop. :)
-As she's playing, she'll stop a minute and admire charlie, stroke his hair and say, "you're so cute, sweetie"
-If she's nearby when Charlie blasts his pants, she'll say "Excuse you" without even looking up from what she's doing.
-Speaking of diapers, Charlie hates to have his diaper changed and he usually cries during it. Madeline will hold his hand and say, "we're almost done buddy. it's ok. almost done"
-Her new phrase of choice is "That's amazing!"
Once, while I was feeding Charlie, she asked for a snack. I told her when I was finished feeding Charlie I would go get her one. I guess she got tired of waiting because soon I heard her in our bedroom telling Matt, "Daddy, go hold Charlie so Mommy can get me a snack"
Charlie is a sweet little guy. It's funny how different a first and second child are. I think I held Madeline every second I could and we catered to her every need. Charlie sleeps through Madeline's tantrums, doesn't mind her poking him, and seems to go with the flow. Tonight I was trying to get dinner on while he was crying and he must have given up on me because he comforted himself and went to sleep.
So far so good. I just keep looking at that precious little face and am so grateful for my little family.