|Q-ball reading to a napping T-Rex.|
It goes without saying that bringing a new person into the house is quite a change for all involved, but, overall, we are adjusting. Bedtime and nighttime is the probably the most difficult time to juggle. Q-ball's bedtime routine can take up to 2 hours, and when she is actually falling asleep, she is rather adamant about having Mama with her. A hungry newborn, of course, does not understand this. During the night, Q-ball typically wakes up between 1-3 times at night and, again, demands that Mama help her go potty and go back to sleep. And, as a toddler, she does not understand why the new baby needs to eat at 3 am, and why Daddy has to put her back to sleep. So, we are working through these issues.
Q-ball has had a few meltdowns that are uncharacteristic for her. But, she seems to really love her new brother, and has never expressed anger towards him. She seems a little more comfortable now that she knows that she can still nurse after T-Rex. But, she is annoyed that we respond immediately to T-Rex's cries, but we encourage Q-ball to use words vs. tears and screams.
Fortunately for us (and him!), T-Rex is a really easy going guy. He will happily lay alone under his mobile or next to the mirror for extended periods (about 10 minutes in baby time). And, as of this moment, he does seem to enjoy his sleep, but he is still trying to figure out how to fall asleep. And, we excitedly get lots of spontaneous smiles. We are working on elimination communication, and I'll have more specific updates on that later, but we now typically have at least one catch a day. Which, I consider a success given that we are only doing it part-time.