So, we've had the baby for almost a week now and he's doing pretty good. Charlie and I are getting used to having another person in the house and getting used to taking care of him. I think learning how to change his clothes was the most awkward part. He does not like to stretch out his arms, so getting him into the sleeves is the most challenging. We've done pretty well switching off nights to get up and feed him and so that part hasn't been too bad. That's the bonus of not breast feeding, I guess.
We had our first doctor's appointment this morning and it went well. We had no idea what to expect, but it was fine. He's 3oz over his birth weight and they were happy with that. Everything else went well and they gave us some cans of formula!! YAY! People are asking us what we need and we tell them to look at our registries or to get us Target cards for formula. Luckily, we live about three minutes from a Target so if we need anything, Charlie can just run out.
We've had a steady stream of visitors, but today we are getting a little alone time. I ran the dishwasher today and did a few normal housework things, like changing our sheets. I know it will take time to establish the routine that will work for us.
I think the thing that has been the most fun was watching Charlie put together the swing last night. It cracked me up, and not because of Charlie's assembly skills. I could not believe how many pieces were in the box!! I guess most people put the things together before the baby comes, but I had to laugh at how Charlie took over the living room to assemble it and I spent time in the nursery. The bonus is that Jackson loves it and it swings and vibrates.
Ok, some of you need to tell me how you chose baby things. When looking at all the baby pack and plays and swings and things at Babies R Us, I kept gravitating towards the items with muted colors. I finally realized it was because I wanted the stuff to match the rooms in our house. Not the nursery, mind you, but the living room and our living room is a beige/gold color with rust and pale green accents. The swing and pack and play we picked out are khaki and green and peach and does not stick out like a sore thumb. Anyone else like that or just me?
So, that's the update for today and we'll see how much time I get over the next couple of days to share. Again, too, I realize that some of you may stop reading now that this adoption blog will have baby pictures on it and that's alright. I understand. I don't think I'm going to be gushing all the time about Jackson, but we'll see.
If you're reading this blog, you might already know that Charlie and I are going through the process to adopt a child. It has been a long road to this place, and infertility is not for the faint of heart. But we firmly believe that God's hand is upon us and that He preparing us for a child who needs a loving home, with people who want nothing more than to be a family. If our journey interests you, read on.