Here are some various updates from the first week of Carver’s life:
He has been pretty amazing with his sleep already. For the last couple of days he has been going 3 to 5 hours at a time between feedings. During the day, he’s a pretty calm little dude unless we’re changing his diaper.
Speaking of diaper changing, the little snot ambushed me last night. Kira and I teamed up to clean up a small diaper mess (one to hold his legs down, one to change the diaper). I drew the short straw, and was thus assigned to changing duty. Carver, always on the prowl, sensed my exposed hand near his rear and blasted me with a warm, fluid shot of poop. He may have won the battle, but the war rages on…
Many have asked how Avey is doing with Carver around. She consciously thinks the world of the little guy. She wants to hold him any chance she gets, dotes on him to no end, and tells us how great it is to have a little brother all the time. Subconsciously, though, it seems there is more going on.
She has been more consistently crabby for the last 3 or 4 days than I recall at any other time. We’ve tried to talk to her about having mixed feelings with a new sibling in the house, but she insists that Carver is not a problem, it’s just that we don’t let her do everything she wants when she wants that is the problem. Someone suggested today that she is not necessarily territorial against Carver, but with him; she may not be jealous of him, but of his mother. Hopefully we’ll get that all sorted out soon, and her cranky spells can come in surprising peaks rather than consistent plateaus.
Her little gem of the week: Avey wanted to do a small project before bed tonight. She pulled out the ruler, masking tape, cut out a small piece of paper, and drew a red 0 on it. When she finished, she explained that she had added a zero to the ruler because it didn’t have one! The obvious advantage to this is now we can measure things that are of no length whatsoever. Maybe she’ll be a theoretical physicist when she grows up.