The most important thing to remember through this whole experience...it's like Fight Club: the only rule is that there are no rules. (lucieslist.com). This could also say "The only rules are the baby's rules" *laugh*.
We are settling into this parenthood gig rather well, and thankfully have reached the 6week milestone where, *supposedly*, his periods of fussy crying are starting to decrease, which is fantastic. Not that it's a bad thing for him to fuss, it's just hard when we can't fix the problem, and as Tim says, "I don't like it when he cries". I will say, however, that I am reading him a LOT better than I was even last week. The easy one is "HEY! Mom! I'm hungry!". The second cry I've deciphered is the "WHERE DID YOU GO?! I need you!" and/or "WHERE ARE YOU?! I need some snuggles!!" He also has a fake cry already, which I find absolutely hilarious, and of course there is the "I just need to cry and there's nothing you can do to stop me"...although I employ the tight hold/head jiggle maneuver, *or* plop him into the moby wrap and that settles him down within minutes everytime. #mommywin.
I'm also beginning to get a feel for his "schedule". Note I said, HIS schedule, not mine. To be sure, I've read many books that spout the benefits of putting him on a "strict" schedule and sticking too it no matter what. I've also read about the benefits of "on demand" and have decided on this...JP knows what JP needs when JP needs it and I can try all I want to adapt him to *my* schedule, but in the end it's going to be on his time.
Thankfully he's like me and has a penchant for order. I can now anticipate when he's going to be hungry, and when he just needs some snuggles (430am anyone?). I know how long he can stay awake before getting overstimulated & consequently overtired, and when he needs to go down for a nap.
We are also rolling over! How exciting is that?! He's gonna be mobile in no time and I can't wait. Enjoy the video!
So, six weeks in and many more to go. Enjoying the ride every single second.
Happy Six Weeks JP!