Thursday, August 6, 2009

A as Big Brother

WARNING: Lots of boob talk in this post

A has done such a remarkable job adjusting to having a sibling. He has certainly had his moments, but we expected there would be some bumps in the road. Overall, this has been a much easier transition than we expected.

Seeing breastfeeding through the eyes of a 2 1/2 year old is a funny thing! He has said and done so many cute things that I want to write them down before I forget! Most of these took place the first week Little Bit was home (I know.. I'm not timely with my blog posts!).

  • When Little Bit cries, A pulls up his shirt and says, "I want to feed him!"

  • On the first day Little Bit was home, I put him in a yellow sleeper. A's beloved giraffe is also yellow. When A saw Little Bit he said, "Mommy, he's wearing giraffe?" in the saddest voice I have ever heard. In my hormonal postpartum state, I started weeping. I thought, this poor child is having to share everyone's attention and now he thinks we've given Little Bit his lovie?

  • I keep the breast pump set-up in my bedroom, ready to rock-n-roll when I need it. I walked in one day to A with his shirt pulled up and the pump hooked up to his little boobie! He said, "I'm pumping milk for Little Bit!" My husband was most horrified by this.

  • A now breastfeeds giraffe..... I'll hear him say, "Look mommy, I'm feeding giraffe!" I'll turn around to see him sitting on the couch with his shirt up and giraffe hooked up to his boobie!

  • Whenever I breast feed, A says, "Little Bit's drinking his juice!"

  • A now burps and diapers every stuffed animal he has on a daily basis

  • Every morning he greets Little Bit by saying, "Good Morning Little Boy!" in the cutest voice I have ever heard. This is exactly how I greet him every morning (although, my voice isn't as cute).

God's Timing is Perfect

Goodness, the last couple of weeks have been an emotional roller coaster!

For all of you who didn't know, my husband was laid-off from his job in June, right around the time we welcomed Little Bit into the world. This certainly wasn't in accordance with our plan, but God's timing is perfect....

We were anticipating this. Long before he was officially told that he was getting laid-off, we began to see the writing on the wall. I am so proud of him for pounding the pavement every single day and reaching out to every contact he has in hopes of finding a new job. He did this for months, but nothing panned out. He even had second and third interviews with some companies, but things would always unravel before an offer came. God's timing is perfect....

It has been the desire of my heart to be a stay-at-home mom since I had A three years ago. We couldn't afford it then, but have worked hard over the last three years so we would be at that place when we had our second child. The plan was that I would quit my job in April so I could have a couple of months at home with A before Little Bit came. But when April came we were very worried about the status of hub's job so I had to keep working. I was bummed. But God's timing is perfect....

It was great having hubs at home while we were adjusting to having another bundle of joy in the house. Overall, I had an amazing sense of peace about our situation, but in the back of my mind I was wondering how we were going to make it. Everytime I took my eyes off of Jesus and started playing the "what if" game, I would panic. I knew hubs severance was running out and there were no jobs in sight. God's timing is perfect....

The day his severance ran out he was offered a job!!! A wonderful job. He had one interview the day before. It happened so fast. For months he had been talking to recruiters and interviewing and this happened in a 24 hour period. God's timing is perfect...

Now I get to stay at home with my babies. I have joy unspeakable over this! I know it will be challenging at times, but I am not going to take one minute of it for granted.