Dinner, Bath and Bed!
Today was a later start. Katie had a dancing class this morning so that worked out well for us all. A lie-in would have been even better but Mum's taxi service doesn't get a lie-in very often! Today's plan of action was to have a play and then give our little man his dinner and then voyage into the world of bathing and bedtime.
Katie has had a mixed day but she is managing very well, all things considered. I'm really quite proud of her. She is used to having my undivided attention so it's tough on her. Having the other children at the FC's house has been a total godsend if I'm honest. Katie has had a lovely time playing with them all. We had a chat at bedtime about this whole introduction process thingy and I explained to her that I have to go to Pip school to learn all about how to take care of him and the things he likes and dislikes. Once he is home we will be able to work out together which bits she is able to help me with and which bits are Mummy and Daddy jobs. She went to sleep a bit happier about it all I think.
We arrived at the FC's house at 3.30pm (on the dot). Our little man arrived at the door to greet us
After dinner it was bathtime.
Bathtime was brilliant with lots of splashing about but is going to be very tough on my back as Pip needs to be supported in the water as he is not able to sit himself up yet. He's a big fella so he uses up several of my muscle groups to support him whilst he was wiggling and having a grand old time. He does love his bath!! Katie can't wait until she can get in with him so that might solve my back problem.
I make light jokes about his gorgeous roly polyness but there is a serious issue that needs to be noted. Because of his frame he needs some special care and attention around the folds in his skin because he can easily develop sores there. His FC has a ritual of checking around his body and she highlighted for me all the trigger areas that I will need to check on daily (and at every nappy change). He's pretty accommodating but he doesn't like being checked around his neck and ears very much. I have no doubt that I will get quicker and more deft with time and practice and I had my little Katie helper who helped me administer all the Sudocrem to the various parts! Doing all this on the FC's bed absolutely crucified my back. I was twinging all over the place. I'm glad I decided to buy a changing table because it will be just the perfect height for drying and dressing and changing and hopefully spare my back a bit. I'm hoping my little wiggler will accommodate me and not wiggle off the table though!
After Pip was all dried and dressed in his nightime babygrow it was time for his bottle. The highlight of my day!!! Oh how I love feeding him. I just bliss out along with him. Katie wanted to feed him but I had to explain to her (and upset her sadly) that this was our first night putting Pip to bed and we needed to see if he could handle me taking over from his FC. I gave her the job of being on hand with his dummy to pop into his mouth as soon as he had finished guzzling because he is not happy when that bottle is empty!
After a wind and cuddles from the Katie family it was time to get the little man into bed, a bit later than he would normally go. He seemed a little confused that he was with me and not his FC but he eventually snuggled in and I took him upstairs and put his sleeping bag on and laid him in his cot. Lots of kisses followed. We said goodnight and crept out. Two minutes later I was back in the room because he had dropped his dummy and was crying. It took me two more attempts with a reminder that it was bedtime and he snuggled himself down and dropped off with a little gurgle to himself.
Feeling quite pleased with ourselves it was time to leave. Katie was late to bed as well and was feeling a little crotchety. We had our little chat at bedtime and she snuggled down and drifted off without a protest.
Tomorrow we are taking our boy out, on our own, for the first time. We're planning a trip to a local farm that we frequent a lot so we know where everything is. We're taking a picnic and plan to be back to the FC's for his afternoon bottle (although I might actually rethink that and take it out with us).
Daddy and I have commented that introductions this time round have seemed so much more surreal. Whether that is because we have a baby this time or whether it's because we are already parents and we are more tied outside of the process with things related to Katie, I don't know. I really couldn't say. I can't quite believe that this gorgeous little man is going to be living with us in around 3 days. I think there is something in me that is waiting for the other shoe to fall. I'm half expecting someone to say that they've changed their minds and he's not coming home with us. I don't think I will really believe it until he is sleeping in that cot upstairs and all his belongings are here.
I think I'll feel able to breathe then.