Sunday, April 27, 2008

Paigey vs. Curtis

My week of being home/at the hospital with my family is quickly coming to a close. The hospital stay went well enough (despite the generally poor service at Intermountain Medical Center) and we were happy that it was much shorter than our first go round. When the time came to leave, though, we were just as nervous as first-time parents. We worked to get Curtis into Paige's old car seat. We had to keep tightening and tightening those straps until it was small enough to fit the little guy. When we got him in the car we both immediately had the feeling of 'what are we going to do with this kid now?'

The first big challenge was facilitating his permanent introduction to his big sister. We took Curtis over to Traci's mom's to pick up Paige. We sat Curtis' car seat down in the living room and didn't say much about it to Paige. She saw him and kind of half-acknowledged him. We were okay with that. When we put them both in the car to go back home, we took away all books/toys that could have possibly been used as a projectile weapon.

Once at home, things went okay. Paige's only real reaction came when Curtis began to cry a bit. "Waaa!" Paige exclaimed. "Paigey's sad."

"Sure you are, sweetheart."

The next morning came the real breakthrough. Paige got out of bed and headed into our room to start her morning routine of watching The Wiggles with Traci. Traci was on the bed, with Curtis lying next to her. Paige walked up to the side of the bed and happily exclaimed, "Baby Brother!" She got up on the bed and had to hug and kiss him. "Oh, it's Curtis!" She then had to hold him, which she affectionately did with her arms wrapped tightly under his chin, not unlike a sleeper hold.

Since then, she's been pretty good about having him around. She only gets upset when I'm holding him instead of playing with her. We'll see how she does tomorrow when Traci's on her own and Paige can't have someone's full attention.


Aimee Wilson said...

Wow, congratulations you guys! Traci, I guess I didn't realize the last time I saw you at the library that you were a ticking time bomb! I hope you are recovering well & have a whole lot of maternity leave. To say going from 1 to 2 is difficult is an understatement! Best,

Allison and Noah Riley said...

I'm glad Paige is warming up to the idea of a little brother. I'm just NOW getting used to the fact I have siblings :)

Lyndsey said...

I can't believe you have 2 little ones!! I have been checking your blog out and it rocks. You are still a crazy cat. Just wondering about what you and Traci have been up to.
Lyndsey Jardine DeVere
USU if you don't remember.

Carolee said...

"not unlike a sleeper hold." love it. aren't siblings great?