Moment #1: About 2 weeks ago we had one of the worst nights ever. He has always been a pretty good baby and sleeps through the night occasionally, and if not, usually only wakes up once. Wellll that night all that went out the window. He was up basically every hour, and from 3 am on wouldn't go back to sleep. It was exhausting and frustrating because I literally had tried everything I knew to do and couldn't make him happy. Well about 5 am I cried uncle and woke Patrick up to take over. So he takes E and sits in the glider while I crawl back into bed. I hear him over there talking to E, asking him why he's crying and telling him he shouldn't be giving mommy a hard time. :) I start to drift off to sleep and all the sudden Patrick's like, "Babe! He's smiling!" So of course I had to get out of bed to go witness his first "social smile"...so stinking cute!! He knew just the right time to pull that out and I'm glad Patrick got to be there to witness it as I know E will have many first's that I'll get to see before him.
Moment #2: The next few days after that were very difficult. He was fussy, and many of the things that had worked before with him just suddenly stopped working. So I decided it might be time to break down and read a book or two on how this whole baby raising business works. I've heard great things about several books, so decided I would just check a few out from my local library before buying anything. I looked at the library's website, and the branch in my town didn't have them in, but they were available via the inter-library loan system. E was sleeping soundly in my arms, so I decided to just call the library and request they hold the books for me. I dial the number, someone picks up...and I kid you not...cue screaming baby.
I calm him down to where she can at least hear me, and give her my library number. He's getting worked back up, but I was far enough in that I didn't want to give up at this point. So she asks, "What book would you like to request?" And I say, "The Happiest Baby on the Block"....to which she says, "What?? I can't hear you over the baby crying!" So I proceed to yell "THE HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK!!!" into the phone, she says okay, and I hang up. I'm sure they got a great kick out of the desperate mommy over here. Needless to say, I know she heard me because I got a message on our answering machine today saying it is available for pickup. I'll let you know if it's a miracle worker. :)
I do feel it's only fair to add that we seem to be through that phase...not sure what caused it but he has been doing much better this last week or so. He is becoming much more predictable...but I know as I type this, tomorrow could be full of surprises anyway. But he is sooo much fun and is it weird that I think his cry is cute?! (In moderation, of course!)
Moment #3: Remember my changing woes when E was just a little guy? Nearly every time we changed him he thought it was time to go pee. Well as many of you promised me, that passed quickly and we haven't had an accident in awhile. Until last week. I was changing his diaper and talking to him and actually said out loud to him as I was wrapping up his dirty diaper, "Mommy is getting a little too relaxed changing your diapers, huh?" as I hadn't put a new diaper on him yet. Sure enough, within seconds he starts pooping AND peeing and it's spraying everywhere! So what do I do? Run and take cover, of course! As I'm sprinting off into the corner, it hits me - oh wait - I need to stop this from becoming a bigger mess than it already is! So I ran back over to the changing table and quickly got him covered up with a burp cloth and it definitely minimized the damage. I just have to laugh when I think of me initially running away...being the mom sure changes things. :) But at the end of the day...