Jul 8, 2017
The great thing about breastfeeding my healthy newborn baby is that I get to have a healthy newborn baby I can feed really well (and for free vs. buying tons of formula). The not-as-great thing about it is that it means sitting down to feed him for, well, most of the day. So that’s fun.
As a result, ive been trying to find other ways to fill the emotional buckets of our two older kids, especially our very tender-hearted little 3 1/2 year old middle child who’s been needing a little extra love.
So today during a rare break from my rocking chair I went down to the basement and unearthed some playdoh and water color paints that I doubted anyone else would be able to find. We haven’t actually used them since I got them out, but, you know, actually getting the supplies out of the storage room is half the battle.
And later when I was back to nursing again I also started reading Charlotte’s Web aloud to the kids. I’ve tried to get our oldest (who inhales books) to read it a number of times, but to no avail. I’m pretty sure the best way to get her uninterested in a book is for the suggestion to come from me. (I may or may not still be grieving her total and complete disinterest in the American Girl books, which I of course loved as a child.) Anyway, I joked to Bryan that she kept saying she didn’t like it, but that if I read it aloud she’d probably get sucked in and love it and I’m happy to report that my evil plan is working. I sat on the couch with the kids snuggled on either side of me and nursed the baby as I read the first four chapters aloud and, well, I don’t want to say I told you so, but she actually stayed in the room the whole time and only sounded polite and not eye-rolling/over-it-voiced when she said she was ready for a break after that. Ok so maybe she doesn’t looooove it yet, but one can only hope. First step, Wilbur the pig. Next step, Molly Saves the Day.
But actually I should probably go now so I can actually try and get some sleep between feedings.