This week is our first week of summer home together. Some things have gone better than expected like nap and bedtime. Elise is used to one of us sitting with her until she falls asleep, but with an infant that’s not possible now. Elise had no problem with me leaving to check on Maggie as long as I came back in 5 five minutes, and I had to come back. She usually waited the first 5 minutes for me to come back before falling asleep. I’ve also been able to run errands which means that yes I took Maggie out before she was 6 weeks old; no way around that when you have a daughter whose birthday is Saturday and your husband is in Canada. But don’t worry Maggie was covered and no one touched her.
We have also had the normal hiccups. Elise loves to wake up in a bad mood, which is pleasant and so lovely. After some time to calm down and try the situation again, Elise did get over it. Especially since Elise didn’t want Maggie and I to shop for her birthday without her; though Elise had been loudly wishing I would go away.
Then there are the all important anatomy questions that come up. Tuesday, Elise asked, “Does poop come out your bagina?” Good question, but no it does not. And while we were at Target filling her prescription, she asked for a hair dryer – random.
So, we have been to the dentist, planned a birthday, and visited the pediatrician. It never fails that when Scott is out of town (just Tuesday & Wednesday), Elise gets sick — like a fever of 102.4 sick which ended up being strep throat. Sadly for Elise that means no trip to the movie theater and no swim lessons Wednesday. Luckily, strep throat is more difficult to pass to newborns than if Elise just had a virus, so the doctor and I were “glad” it was strep.
As for me, I find myself often saying, “I’m the mom. I’m the adult. I’m the boss,” can you guess who that’s directed at? But I have learned that being able to get one cup of coffee helps me immensely, so glad I can have caffeine again. Also ignoring the disaster area that is my house helps, too. Maybe when Maggie is 2 and Elise is 5 the house will be clean again.