Ethan has been doing pretty well with eating - it is very exciting for me that he has a secondary food source! In that vein, when I was first feeding him, I was ridiculously using my single pump to get 1 or 2 oz of breast milk to mix in with the rice cereal right before making the food. It was getting to be quite a pain and luckily I realized this. We still had a can of formula from our hospital gift bag and I mixed that in instead - worked perfectly. So much easier! I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. I'm not ready to wean him entirely, but now that he can eat - I've been able to leave him for longer periods of time. OK, I'll be honest, the most I've done is 3 hours. But still, that is something.
I have been pretty focused on our big trip coming up on Saturday. I usually pack somewhat last minute, but since it's so much harder for me to run errands and things nowadays, I've been planning ahead. I've got almost all Ethan, Anna and my clothes packed, as well as good progress on my carry on bag - which is also the carry on bag that has everything for the kids. I'm trying to pack lightly and just focus on essentials. I hate having unmanageable baggage situations and I like being able to move quickly through the airport. I'm very into streamlining. It helps that the weather is warmer there now, as summer clothes are much smaller to pack. We are only bringing our single umbrella stroller. I figure Anna can use it sometimes and Ethan sometimes. When Anna is using it, I can carry Ethan in the Ergo. I think this will be fine.
One thing that has been a snag in planning for the trip is Ethan's sleep. He was doing relatively well and then all of a sudden he figured out how to break out of his swaddle and everything went to pot. Oh we have been having quite a week. I reverted back to putting him in the swing for naps and sometimes even at night. I was trying not to use the swing because I didn't think we'd have one in Australia/New Zealand. However, between my friends that we're visiting and our hotel, I think I've secured a swing for each place. Better than dealing with a sad baby who can't sleep. When we get back, I'll work on a plan to get him back into the crib but for now we just need to survive.
Today Anna wanted to go to the park. This is only the second time I've taken both kids to the park and it's not as easy as taking one kid to the park was. I mean - that's supposed to be an easy thing right? Like "a walk in the park"? But it's just one more thing I need to get used to. I'm not sure if it will be easier or harder when Ethan can walk. I guess it will just be different.
Ethan did have his first swing ride though:
|My mom leaves me in pajamas all day|
I've learned something about making baby videos - they are better if you, the adult, keep your mouth shut. The first swing video I made was horribly marred by me talking to Ethan in an annoyingly high voice.
Oops! Ethan is rolling into the closet. I've better go.