In our dash to cram in as many life events as humanly possible, we added Burke’s first day of school today!
We decided to send him soon after moving because he thrives on routine, which we wanted to restore as much as possible in our new space. That and he needs to learn something other than locking doors, calling Walgreens and hiding keys, which he is currently mastering at home.
Upon dropping him off, he was understandably clingy, but once he saw the train table in the classroom, he was off and running leaving mom in the dust. A little more than two hours later when I retrieved him from what seemed like the ultimate play land, there was only one report of tears and I had to pry him away from his new toys and friends!
I snapped a pic of him checking out the new space…although, realistically, I’m sure he’s contemplating how to take apart and demolish all of those toys…until next week!
My latest (non-human) obsession…related, I just realized that I only wear flat shoes now…
This weekend was for hanging out with family (lunches, dinners, cocktails - all revolving around food and drinks of course)…putting a nice dent in my Christmas shopping (and supporting Small Business Saturday)…scoring my ultimate lust list Chloe bootie on major sale…stuffing myself with the rawest sushi I could find and savoring some amazing Barolo (and a few glasses of bubbly) - finally!..attempting to function on four hours of sleep…fostering some quality brother/sister time…and keeping fingers out of noses.
Hope you had a great holiday weekend!
We survived the first week!
This dumpling is already a week old and what a week it has been! Given the whirlwind of the Thanksgiving holiday and getting settled in our house, she has been her mellow, charming self (please, please let this continue…).
I know you may think I’m slightly crazy for saying this, but I can already tell a difference in her personality versus her older brother’s. Basically, our parenting strategy with her is to do the complete opposite of everything that worked for Burke - lots of swaddling (he would tear right out), sleeping in the plush Italian bassinet (he hated it and would only sleep in the questionably stable pack n’play) and a vastly improved breast/pumped bottle feeding combo (getting her brother to latch and stay focused was a joke).
I am still trying to figure out how to savor this newborn stage while entertaining a toddler; it was quite easy when there was a house full of family ready to pitch in when needed, but now that it’s the four of us (soon to be three of us when Mr. B heads back to work), we’ll see how well I really do. Sleep is overrated, right?!
Thanksgiving table is set! Ready for food, fun and family.
Happy Thanksgiving to you! Hope you are enjoying the day with family and friends (and a little wine)!
Burke meets Blaine…
I was incredibly nervous about Burke’s reaction to a new sibling in the house. We’ve been preparing him for months now on her arrival, reading books on being a big brother, allowing him to look at/play with her baby toys and clothes and practicing saying her name.
While he was slightly timid during the initial meeting in the hospital (as shown), he has definitely warmed up to his new role of bringing her toys (although, we’re still working on the gentle part) and entertaining her with funny stories.
Of course, he has his moments and has definitely had a few meltdowns around the new house and new face (after all, it’s quite a bit of change for an adult let alone a toddler). Nevertheless, he is fascinated by her cry and meltdowns, giggling every time. We’re now trying to ensure these Burke/Blaine meltdowns don’t happen simultaneously…wish us luck!
The house is slowly, but surely coming together (while baby naps, of course). Loving my new animal print stair runner…roar!