Sunday, November 6, 2011

Anything that makes you happy....

It is no secret to most that Levi had a bit of rough time at first adjusting to the outside world.  There were so many things that were not done "by the book."  With your first child everything has to be just so, you follow every instruction given to you by doctors and think that any other way is wrong.  I was one that did just that.  Avery was a by the book baby.  Now, when Levi came around, I thought, "Well, I'll just do things the same way. It worked the first time.  I /we survived the first year of baby until Avery became a toddler."


The thing I didn't know ( even though people had told me....) is that Levi, would be nothing like Avery.

**Grandma's stop snickering at me.... ;) ** 

So with Levi I had to learn the ( hmm, what to call it...)  "Parenting on the Fly" approach.  Levi slept in a bouncer seat sitting on a footstool next to my bed for the first 4 months or so. He just would not sleep in his cradle. This way I could hang my arm over the bed and bounce him at any moment. I had to nurse him twice as often, Avery was every three hours, by the book. :)  I also let him hold /play with toys I probably never would have let Avery.  Levi being a colicky baby I would try anything so he didn't scream all day long.

So, on this particular day I was walking around with him, trying to get something done. He just wasn't having it if I put him down.  When I started the washer I saw a twinkle in his eye that gave me an idea.

There, what do you think about that Levi?!

A boy, his washer, a tea cup, football and toy Dilly bar.

He was happy ( I know your thinking he doesn't look that thrilled, but compared to the previous part of the day, it was happy) I was happy, and the bonus.... laundry got done.  The adventures of parenting, it will always surprise you!

-The Mrs.


  1. Oh, but Avery did need the calming of that very same washer one day with me. She was a bit younger than Levi is but it worked all the same. :)

  2. Wow. All I can say is wow. Had I known the power of a front-loader, I'd have begged borrowed and stolen to get one back in the day! (You're never too old to learn.) Be proud, mama. You can still teach an old dog new tricks!* :) *But I still maintain Levi isn't truly colicky. When you've got as many years in the colicky trenches as me....we'll talk. :) (Besides EVERYBODY KNOWS that colic starts at about a month old, happens every day starting at about 4PM, lasts until about 11PM, and can ONLY last until they are 3-4 months old! I mean, really...EVERY BOOK says that, and if it's in print it MUST be true! ::Hopefully you sense the sarcasm here.::) This might be a good time to point out that your hubby implied (outright "implied") that the reason all my babies were so "tightly wound" was a reflection on me. Heh heh. I wonder if he's singing a different tune by now.....


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