I spent a week at my sisters, not only help her out but to spend time with my new nephew (happy 2 weeks old!) I haven’t been around a newborn in a while, and anything that I had learned from previously being around them or having to watch them as a babysitter was not too far off in the distance tucked away in my mind of experience. I had changed diapers before, fed a baby, I wasn’t completely foreign to the idea. He’s cute, and I’m not just saying that to be polite because it’s my sister’s kid, he is cute. You’ve been there, you’ve heard people say ‘oh he’s/she’s such a cute baby’ when indeed they are not. But he is and his cry does not annoy me like some other babies cries you may hear in the supermarket when you know Little Johnny is not happy. He’d be one of the many few babies I would hear cry and it wouldn’t phase me. He has many cries, he has the ‘change my diaper’ cry which is accompanied by a scrunchy face if its #2, he has the ‘I don’t like this at all’ cry when we tried to put him in the swing with 6 different speed settings (does a baby need to go that fast?), he has the ‘I’m hungry’ cry and then there’s the ‘I’m still hungry’ mini-cry. It was a very fun week with him, even at 2 weeks to see how alert he was and responding to Miguel the “French” Monkey who seemed to calm him during diaper changing until he figured out he should get used to diaper changes. He even attempted a few pushups during ‘tummy time’! (Must have been all the protein my sister consumed.)
I thought I had a lot of clothes, or at least a variety, but I now understand babies go through 2-4 changes of clothes a day, depending if the diaper wasn’t put on correctly or if he just decided to pee right through so the need to have an extensive wardrobe is a must at 2 weeks old. I even got the distinction he didn’t enjoy wearing the froggy onesie, he seemed to cry most of the day with it on. (That’s ok, I didn’t like it either.)
While my sister was going about her daily routine (or trying to get into one) and I finished feeding him, we had a karaoke moment together. Matthew enjoys the Disney classics so far and a few TV show theme songs, but do not sing the Brady Bunch theme song to him, he will cry immediately. We went through Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World”, “Under the Sea”, The Monkees theme song, Snow White’s “ Someday my prince will come” (I hummed a few bars) until he nodded off to sleep. He sleeps so soundly, and falls asleep semi-easy (to be that young again and not have to take a sleeping pill to find zzz’s). Now what will his first words be? or first sentence? My sister seems to think it will be “No Chi Chi” or “Down Chi Chi”, referring to the dog, instead of Mommy and Daddy. But who knows, if I can spend more time up there I can work on him saying “Go Big Blue” instead. J
My sister and her husband sure made a handsome little man, I told him to behave for Mommy and Daddy and I’d give him a $1 next time I saw him. Now that I think about it starting at $1 might have been too high, by the time he’s able to talk and remember what I said he’d be negotiating for $10s and $20s. I enjoyed my time with my little All-Star, I can’t wait for him to be more interactive!