Monday, February 14, 2005


Day 1 of the babysitting. All seemed to be going smoothly at first. Erika and Peter arrived at 8:15 a.m. Erika was asleep in her carseat and stayed there, sleeping until 11:15. E and Peter played happily all morning, and N went down for a nap at 9 until 10:30. He nursed when he got up and played happily on the floor. My mom came over to deliver Valentines around 11, and so she was here when Erika woke up. I was in the middle of changing N's diaper so she picked up Erika and brought her downstairs and then I fixed her a bottle.

E asked to feed Erika, so I let her hold the baby and start feeding, and then I took over after a minute. As I fed Erika, N reached out to me and started fussing, so I got down on the floor to be close to him. After Erika seemed to be finished (more formula seemed to be going out of her mouth than in) my friend Amy showed up with her twins to give E a Valentine. She didn't stay long, just long enough to give me a sympathetic look before she left, as I sat on the living room floor surrounded by toys, children and dog.

It was now 12:00 and I thought it would be a good time to serve lunch. After lunch, around 1:00, the babies seemed ready for a nap. They had both started fussing. First I changed Peter's diaper, then Erika's. Then I put Erika in bed, then N, and then Peter. I was hoping for a peaceful couple of hours (E is watching Veggie Tales), but Erika will not stop fussing. I think it is because she is not used to the pack and play, and/or falling asleep on her own. It doesn't really matter--either way she has to learn to fall asleep at nap time. I am not a 'rock your baby to sleep' kind of mom. A bottle might help as well, but I think she will just use it as a sleep aid-- fall asleep one ounce in, so I can't really do that. I think I have to just wait it out and when she wakes up she'll be super hungry and ready to take a full bottle. Hopefully that will be soon.

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