The newest member of my family made his grand debut six days ago. A post after such a momentous event could take so many different tones: rapture, delirious sleep-deprived nonsense, contentment and gratitude, angsty hormone-hectic overload, awed wonder...and likely some like those are still to come.
It is funny.
And yes, it is Landon, and not our sweet little baby who never ceases to amuse.
I read somewhere that one way you can help your child adjust to a new sibling is by involving them as much as possible in the pregnancy and care of the newborn afterward. Let the older make some choices for the baby (Landon has picked all of Micah's sheets each time they get changed: "I'm going to let him have this one, Mom, because it is mine and he will like having a big-boy sheet.") Landon enjoyed putting lotion on Micah's cracked feet, feeding him a few drops of breast milk they had me pump at the hospital, taking his picture, and "holding" Micah on his lap while studying his teeny parts.
My mom intuitively knew the same advice because she showed up at our house with a plastic doll that Landon could help take care of to get in on the action. He was thrilled to learn he could wash his baby in the real baby bathtub, put a real diaper on it, and dress it in real preemie newborn clothes that we don't need. He calls it his "premiere" baby.
I was charmed. Bill was uncertain. Landon seemed enthralled. He oh-so-creatively named his baby Micah (that's not confusing or anything) and miniMicah began draining the battery on the baby swing, borrowing receiving blankets or hanging out on the boppy for the next few days.
He and my mom discovered that miniMicah could take a bottle (medicine dropper) and he would "pee" out the other end. Landon was exclaiming with such nurturing delight over this; my mom said it was quite endearing. Bill might have said, "See? You are feminizing him with all this babycare stuff!"
He needn't worry.
Just after his delight to discover miniMicah's abilities to fill a diaper Landon said,
"Now let's squirt water up his butt to see if it comes out his mouth!"