I don’t need to repeat it, the first 6-7 weeks were tough. Sure it’s full of love and heart melts when looking at him sleep, (awake it gets hairier) but newborns are t0o0ugh. All crying and you responding at every hour.
And then one day, over the course of about a week and a half, it all changed.
It’s kinda like i have a whole new baby. He smiles, he COOES, he give these high pitched little WOOES, he PLAYS!!!!
Mobiles, man. Mobiles. He LOOOOVES his little mobiles.
It was about 7:30 in the morning, i had gotten somewhere just over an hour of sleep several hours earlier, but he was fed, and my shift was over. Time for Maja’s shift. So i put him down in the bedroom. Maja happened to wake up anyway, and i was delighted to sink into a nice deep sleep. But then i started hearing noises from the crib. I look over, and he’s batting away at the mobile we’ve kept over his crib, the mobile we had there just because it seems to be the thing the put on baby areas. He’s batting away and letting out these WOOS and COOS and little verbal baby commentary, and smiling and smiling in delight.
I had never seen anything like this before. He had started showing some smiles, and there was no question that his verbal range was starting to open up, but this was like the Monolith out of 2001 appeared in the bedroom and catapulted him to his next evolutionary stage (Maja, who is awake with him in the morning has seen a bit more stuff leading up to this).
While some days can still be challenging, and he can still get really fussy and what not, this new smiley, playtime personality is simply the greatest thing ever. I lay in bed and watched him that morning and can still just stare at him (well, actually, i tend to be very verbal and shout out YAY whenever he gives the little thing hanging above him a good whack, or even whenever he decides he’s delighted with something and let’s out a big WOOO) but the point is, this new smiley play thing is AWESOME.
THIS is the kind of thing you sign up for when you do the Deed. (assuming you actually meant to do the deed for Calvinist purposes)
You know, one of these days i’m gonna do a rant about Calvin and Calvinist. (HATE ‘im. What a douchebag.) But not today. Today, we PLAY! I can always start filling his little head with a sense of guilt and crushing worthlessness tomorrow.