News from the home front…

13 Nov

Here in Switzerland (and Europe for that matter) it’s normal for the mother to stay at the hospital for 5 days after a vaginal birth and 7 days after a cesarean section. With this being said, daddy is playing executive along with taking care of my job at home (which is a full time job in and of itself!). Here is the email I received this morning (let’s just say someone is missing mommy):

Tonight is the night i am going to confront the 21 month old Bully, Thomas. No more 3am wake up calls to get a 1/2 milk fix and IPad cartoon in your parents bed. Sweetie, this is my gift to you while you are still in the hospital….

3:39 initial wake up and request from the 21 month old bully

3:49 went in after calls for mommy daddy too much…. Told him he could no longer bully mom and dad in the middle of the night – there is a new princess that will command things now! Changed to heavier sleep sac and rocked him walking in room. Told him we love him

4:01 laid him back in bed (I resisted telling him that “If he wants to cry; I will give him something to cry about”…I’ll let my dad know I thought of him

4:02 started again… If he could say insults he would … With only a 3 word vocabulary of “mommy, daddy, up and hold me” it is amazing the guilt trip he can throw.

4:06 intermittent crying – Henry hasn’t asked him yet to stop hurting his ears. I can feel him awake looking at me through the monitor… He knows I am here… Now I know what the Cuban missed crisis was like

4:15 good sign … Neighbors have not yet called police yet. More silence than crying…longest silence is 2 minutes, but even though the crying fits are short they are strong. I fell they are gaining less power similar to Germany’s last tired and empty assaults during the trench war of WW1.

4:19. Weakening cries. No victory dance yet… I anticipate he is regrouping and evaluating strategy

4:23: …. He’s Back… Pacing around his crib… Binki just got thrown out… I hope he doesn’t throw out the second one… I should have out in more back up. Cries are more pleading now; insults are going down

4:26 going back in.. I can’t predict my actions. Just like a Navy SEAL I need to be prepared for anything.

4:41 For the last 15 minutes he pulled out some of the best material including the Plead & Pout followed by the Opera High Pitch Scrietch & Claw. Thankfully he did not use his Dick Butkis head slap like last week. I never should have read him Calvin Coolidges quote “Persistence”.

4:44 I rested on my shoulder quietly while I talked to him. I don’t know if he was exhausted and nearing the end, or stunned by my morning breath. I laid him down – by the way can we get the bear to keep the music going longer than 60 seconds or put padding on the walls and ceiling.

4:53 quiet. I am going to shut off light and hope it is over. Ps. I suggest you stay one more night – it ain’t over.

4:55. Still quiet.

6:05. He’s back… Now I am going to give him breakfast and milk.

Maybe he naps before school.

Sorry for the format, I just copied and pasted so I guess it got a little messed up.

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3 Responses to “News from the home front…”

  1. Heather November 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Haha 🙂 I can just hear Henry’s voice while I read his email. The life of a mommy isn’t always easy, is it Dads? Related: Andi brought home the “No Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers/Preschoolers” book yesterday and said this is his next book to read. He also has plans to re-train Tory the Bully while Mommy is busy with Baby Aden. We’ll see how that goes …

    In the meantime, enjoy your (vacation?) stay at the hospital and soak up all the one-on-one time you have with beautiful Anna. Life is about to get crazy! Have the boys met her yet?

  2. Alex November 13, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Oh man, this is so good. But I really can’t wait to see how this new little girl flips the boys’ worlds upside down! Hope you are well rested!

  3. Jes November 18, 2013 at 1:09 am #

    Henry is too funny!! This makes me nervous to even have my second child, haha!

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