Monday, November 17, 2008

My little helpers

We came home last Thursday from hospital and although it has been hard getting used to no sleep, milk coming in and everything that goes with a newborn, I have had some amazing little helpers at home that have worked hard to make things easier for me. I hope the novelty does not wear off for these two munchkins because they want to do absolutely everything for Jonty. I am so glad now I had two girls first because they seem to have a natural inclination to want to do things for Jonty whereas Oliver is more like, 'i'm not phased by it all'.

I am trying to make sure that Oliver is not left out and we are having heaps of cuddles and spending as much time together so he doesn't get resentful. When Jonty is feeding he is happy to perch on the arm of the chair next to me and watch tv.

When we got home on Thursday, Katherine brought over tea for us and had pulled in the washing and folded it, leaving it at the backdoor with a pressie. On Saturday she brought over some scrumptious muffins too. Thankyou so much. Wouldn't we all like neighbours like that!

At the hospital Oliver and Hallie helped with Jonty's first bath and he screamed the place down. Oliver just wanted to splash the water around and then got bored.

He stuck his fingers in his ears when Jonty's crying got too loud and then was too interested in his lollies to help out anymore.

One of the midwives taught Sarra how to change Jonty's nappy. She was wanting to do all nappies for the first few days but has now decided that the poo ones are too smelly. Each time we change Jonty the girls get out the change mat and the wipes and new nappy and line them all up on the floor. They even get a wet cotton wool bud to clean around the umbilical cord.

At feed time they take turns burping in between sides. The only rule I have is that they are not allowed to pick him up when he is asleep. I don't let them walk around from room to room with him, just incase they trip on something.

I think Simon did a great job on the last post. Your right Carli, it did read a bit like a policeman's "statement of events". I was waiting for him to say, and "then the baby disembarked from the tummy", like they always say "the person disembarked from the vehicle". Sarra's best friend Naomi's Mum, Brenda, is a midwife and we have got to know each other really well since our girls have been best friends since kinder. We joked about her delivering the baby and would you believe it she was on that morning and delivered Jonty.

This is one of my favourite shots of Simon cutting the cord and of course the mobile phone in the foreground. Can't have a baby anymore without one of those. And I don't know why I wore a white top! I love it how they are that real purply colour and then right before your eyes they turn their normal skin tone.


The Kings said...

Awww- aren't they good helpers!! That is great that they are so keen. The novelty wore off pretty quick for Jalen, but they may be different because they are girls. Hope you are getting some sort of sleep. :)

Watson said...

You're girls are awesome! I hope everyone in the ward are looking after you and giving you a break from RS President.

Collette said...

I took that shot! It is a good one hey!

The Kings said...

Simone I just got your comment on my blog- your photos ARE good!! You can tell the difference in your pics - so much clearer. They are great.

make it perfect said...

soooo cute! i was so excited to get home from melbourne and read all about your labour and little jonty. he has the cutest chubby cheeks! sounds like labour wasn't too bad for you this time, i'm looking forward to coming out for a visit and having a little cuddle after you have had a bit of rest time! congratulations! xxx
p.s. do you think i can borrow sarra for a few weeks in 6 months time?? :)

Paige said...

Girls seem to be naturals at mothering. I too hope the novelty doesn't wear off at either of our homes. I love all the help!

Jackie said...

hi simone
looks like you are settling at home with the children..don't over do it now..
see you on thursday at mels thanksgiving dinner, should be fun..
jonty looks like oliver and hallie..sorry simon...

Sayers Family said...

what great older sisters jonty has...they're so sweet. he is just adorable Simone and you're looking great. the photos are lovely. congratulations...i'll be thinking of you and hoping you and Simon aren't too sleep deprived. x