Tuesday, March 27, 2007

First day on his own.

Delena has decided she would like to go to work 2 days a week. I think this will be good for her. Our son will do well with some interaction with other people. Today was Delena's first day on his own. We have yet to find a day care (we are on four lists), but my brother and his wife live in West Haven. So they offered to watch him until we can find someone. We took him there today for a few hours. Delena cried the whole way to work. She was so sad, but my sister-in-law, Michelle, was great to text her every hour and let her know how she was doing. I picked him up a few hours later and he was fine. He too had cried, but in the end he did very well.

This a constant conversation we have around our neighborhood. Our religion stresses the roles of a mother in the home. Though it is rare to her a leader say that a mother must be home, period. We our counciled that they shouldn't be forced to work, if they don't need to, especially if it is just to pay for an extravagant life style. Delena has worked hard to build a career, but it isn't just for the career, Delena has truly grown stronger through her work. My job is treating us well, so Delena doesn't need to work, but she has chosen to work 2 to 3 days a week to continue that interaction.

Friday, March 09, 2007

One month old and counting...

Our baby is now one month old today. We are so excited for what is to come. We just can't believe how fast the first month went by. What will happen with the first year, or even the second. Delena has done an amazing job with him, while I have been at work. I come home and wonder how she does it all. Joe has been a little stuffed up nose. Delena and I took him to the doctor to make sure it wasn't something more serious, but he is doing fine now. Surprisingly sleeping better all the time.
On a scary note, we will be putting Joe in his own room and his own crib tonight. He hasn't gotten so big, (he now weighs 11lbs 3oz) we have decided it is time for him to try the crib.

One Month Old and counting!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

I went to Cabo and all I got was this "Onesie"

Check this kid out! He looks so good. Grandma and Grandpa Markland got this shirt for him in Cabo San Lucas just before he was born.

Delena and I have had a ton of support the past couple of weeks, but this is our first week on our own. Delena has been amazing! She has done an amazing job with the baby this week. I have been doing my best to support her in everything. But I came down with a cold and was forbidden to hold the baby for two days.

Formula has been a struggle. The baby is eating so much we have to supplement all the time. But the iron is not sitting well. He started throwing up lots of his formula and we got very scared. We called Doc Joe Ben and he coached us through the scare. We have been diluting his formula now and he is doing much much better.

Just when we think we come up with the secret, he changes. It is so crazy. One thing we have discussed is how much we love our baby, but how quickly he can become a chore. I had Delena go for a drive last night because I could see how frustrated and tired she was.

We are surviving! And we love our baby boy so much.