The Curse and Blessing of Mr. Fussypants

First Indianapolis Indians game

Since I’m now working from home 2 days a week, I get to spend some time with Wes during the day. We’re only in the second week of doing this, so I’m sure we’ll have our share of roller coasters until we both get into a set pattern – if that ever happens!

THE CURSE (or should I say, difficulties)

Wes has been in the middle of a week-long fuss. According to the book, The Wonder Weeks, he’s right on schedule for a growth spurt, and I’m sure he’s just as confused with his body as I am with his cries. While I absolutely love the fact that I can be with him for 16 hours out of my work week and many mothers would crave this chance, I think I will have to get creative on WHEN those 16 hours will be used. I can say with confidence that it probably will not be during the typical 9-5 schedule because there’s a hungry and or crying baby on my lap, fighting sleep until I stop and nuzzle him. These moments are fleeting, so of course, I savor them! It is not easy to design a newsletter or write copy one-handed. Perhaps I’ll one day master this skill, but for now I’m using that hand to stroke a baby cheek, tickle little toes and fix the umpteenth bottle of the day.

THE BLESSING

So much can be written here. I am blessed with a sweet, sweet little boy who has outgrown clothes and diapers meant for his age. Today’s weigh-in confirms a chunky 14 lbs on a tiny frame, which puts him closer to the 90th percentile! He is easily wearing 3-6 month clothes. Perhaps we’ll get to those cloth diapers sooner than I thought.

Wes doesn’t want to miss a beat. During the day he snoozes for 20-30 minutes at a time, but he rarely takes a full nap. He is quite alert, loves to hear himself practice vowel sounds and is in awe of his hands and feet. Such a serious baby – always studying and taking in the vast world around him. And if we’re lucky, he’ll flash us a wide grin and occasional loud blast of a laugh. Here’s hoping we get to experience this more often in the next few months!

Motherhood has not been nearly as scary or difficult as I always thought. I may rant about his Week 7 Fuss, but I know that I am equipped to handle it. Not that I can judge well, but I believe Wes is an extremely good baby – as long as his stomach is full and his diaper clean. And that you provide something or someone to amuse him. Thankfully we haven’t had to struggle with illness, postpartum depression, sleeplessness or colic at this point. I know this is all because we have been faithfully prayed for and kept well taken care of from loads of caring people. We are extremely grateful and wonderfully blessed.

Now to nuzzle with GrumpFace for a while longer…

Posted: September 7th, 2011
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