Magical tricks to make a fussy baby stop crying

At Thanksgiving, Wally's Aunt Kim asked the $64,000 question, "So, is he a good baby?" Quickly, a little too quickly, I answered, "Nope." So sad, but so true. Don't get me wrong, I love the little bugger. But he's just a little lump of a thing, and I had always pictured holding the lump, watching him sleep, enjoying him being so darn cute 24/7. The occassional cute little cry to tell us he was…


My new concept of time

Last weekend Wally III asked, since it had been 2.5 weeks, how was mommyhood matching or blowing away my expectations. It had all been such a whirlwind to that point that I hadn't actually given it much thought. The good news is, nursing gives me a lot of extended thinking time. When I'm up with Wally V 2 times a night after the 10:30 feeding, usually for 40 minutes at around 2 and again at 5, I…


On being mommy

Well, Wally V is 2 weeks old, and I'm officially on my own during the day. Luckily for Wally IV, we are only a short walk from work, so he gets almost an hour with Wally Ben in the middle of his workday. Lucky for me, too, since I get a short break to shower if I haven't had the chance yet. Last week with Wally IV home, it was a lot different. Since he only got the one week off, he spent as much…


I know why God made babies cute

If there's one thing I've noticed about Wally Ben, it's that he's just so darn cute. So cute, you just want to smoosh his little face and give him kisses and stare at him all day. So cute that you want to dress him in every outfit he has and take a million pictures even though all of them look the same when you're done. So cute that you find yourself doing things for him that you wouldn't ever…


Meeting Wally Ben

We are so blessed. Wally V is 4 days old, and is our fabulous little ball of love, just as we'd hoped for. We've been extremely busy these past few days learning more about each other and how to take care of him (docs forgot to include the instruction manual when they sent us packing, just like everyone warned us they might). Yesterday Wally V's Poop-Poop (a name were considering for Wally V to…