Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Home is Where Our Baby Is

I have great news readers.  After nearly 6 weeks in the hospital, our precious Annabelle came home this past weekend!

I already have a plan for how to train daddy.

Mrs. LIAYF, Lukas, and I are just thrilled to have the newest member of our troop under our roof, right where she belongs.

She wasted no time in making herself right at home and giving her room the stamp of approval - pooping there almost immediately.  Pooping in a room always authoritatively seals the deal. She seems to rather enjoy sealing that particular deal, by the way.

And now that the week has begun, I am a temporary SAHD.  That's Stay at Home Dad for those of you unfamiliar with parenting acronyms.  I will be staying home with Annabelle through the middle of next January.  That is, as long as the Myans weren't somehow RIGHT and we all cease to even make it to the holiday's - in which case my strategy of not buying any gifts until the very last minute will have paid off brilliantly.  For the record, I'm still banking on my Amazon Prime membership coming in handy.

How are things going with Annabelle?  All things considered pretty good.  It's early, and we've had a roller coaster ride the first couple of days getting used to each other's idiosycrasies, but there have been some great moments. Like when she smiled the time I spoke to her in a German accent.  "I sink you just filled zah diapah". Then again, she might just have been making a poop face.  Good times.

Also, last night our little sweetie slept from 9:30 - 2:10. (That's actually 5 full hours on the Myan clock.)  Mrs. LIAYF and I were in bed by 10:00 and so got a decent amount of sleep, and thus I am sane, drinking coffee, and writing this before she wakes up from her 5:30am sleep. Yes, there was another sleep and wake cycle between 3 and 5 am.  So, not all the kinks are worked out just yet.

But we have time, she and I.  Time to hang together and bond while Lukas is at school, and Mrs. LIAYF is at work.  Time before my lovely wife, who seems to have a magic touch when it comes to babies, takes over  full time care in the new year for a few months.

My goal is to have Miss Annabelle on a fairly regular routine by then.  No, we aren't quite there just yet.

But we are working on it.  Together. Wish us luck.


FilmFather said...

Congratulations on finally bringing Annabelle home, and best of luck. Small world: I also poop in rooms to make myself feel more at home.

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daniel said...

Congratulations. I am so glad for you. I would rather my kids poop in their diapers, but whatever works for you!

James (SeattleDad) said...

@FilmFather - It must be a natural human instinct. My Grandfather used to say a pair of boot aren't your until you have spit on them. This is in that vain.

@Daniel - Saves a lot on diapers this way. Thanks.

Hey Monkey Butt said...

Awe such great news and just before Christmas. What a gift indeed. Wishing you the best of luck and omg what a precious baby! :)

Unknown said...

What a great Christmas gift! So glad she's home!

momnextdoor said...

Sooooo so so so so sooooooooo happy for you! Annabelle is one lucky little girl!!!

Diplo_Daddy said...

She's looking good, and very happy too! Your German comment made me laugh. I can actually her myself saying those exact words.

Yes, it'll take a few more sleepless nights before mom, daddy and new daughter are in synch with one another.

O, allow me to be the first to welcome you back to the SAHD Club. Thrilled you could join us.

James (SeattleDad) said...

@Hey - Thanks so much. She is a lil darling too.

@Justin - Indeed. Thanks man.

@Momnextdoor - That means a lot. Thanks.

@Dipplo_Daddy - I actually have a whole array of cool accents I use on her. Poor thing will be utterly confused when she is ready to speak. lol. And, are you going to teach me the secret handshake?