I’ll be honest. I was scared bringing home William for the first time. It was a new experience and new person in our house that was going to stay with us for the next 18 years. But at the same time I was very anxious to just get him home. Ask my wife… I had the car packed and ready to go and come to find out I had to go out and get something out of the car for her because I had it packed away already.
He was asleep when he came through the door of his new home, which was expected, but something told me that he knew where he was… until that night.
It was nerve raking the first night because we couldn’t call a nurse to help us with him or we couldn’t just send him to the nursery. He was on a different schedule then Liz and mine. So there were times after his feedings that he would just stay up the whole time and we couldn’t put him down unless he was crying. After about 3am I finally just laid him on my chest and let him fall asleep and well I feel asleep too. Even though you’re told not to let your sleeping baby sleep with you it was finally comforting that I figured out away to keep him quiet and let him sleep.
You start to figure out ways to keep your baby happy very easily. Ours likes to suck on a pacifier or a finger or just about anything. It keeps him quiet until he needs a diaper change or needs to be fed. So far the sucking aspect of the 5 S’s in The Happiest Baby On the Block book is right on. We haven’t figured out if he likes to swing but we also know that he likes to lay on his side, another no no in parenting classes. He loves the swaddle especially right away after he has eaten and is curled up right on mommies chest.
It feels like I have known this guy forever. I look at him see how much he looks like me and just want to hold him or play with him. I can say that I really feel apart of this guys life. It is scary that I’ve been allowed to take care of someone else’s life.